Carlos Gonzalez to sit out first game after All-Star break

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Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez suffered a deep bone bruise in his right wrist nearly two weeks ago when he crashed into the center field wall at Coors Field while making a highlight reel catch.

Gonzalez was able to avoid the disabled list and remains active here in mid-July, but the 25-year-old has already been ruled out of the Rockies’ second-half opener on Thursday night against the Brewers and might not be ready for Friday’s game either. This according to Jim Armstrong, who covers the Rockies for the Denver Post.

Gonzalez was given a cortisone injection earlier this week and was fitted with a temporary cast. An MRI has already ruled out structural damage, but the Rox are taking all the necessary precautions for fear that lingering wrist discomfort might sap CarGo’s power down the stretch. He has only 13 homers in 86 games this season.

Shohei Ohtani no longer facing Masahiro Tanaka on Sunday at Yankee Stadium

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Shohei Ohtani has essentially become the Angels’ designated Sunday starting pitcher, but Angels manager Mike Scioscia announced Thursday morning that the 23-year-old two-way Japanese star will be skipped in the rotation this weekend at Yankee Stadium for “workload management” purposes.

Ohtani is fine to continue hitting, so there’s no sense of any physical ailment.

This decision will rob us — and the Japanese media — of a showdown between Ohtani and countrymate Masahiro Tanaka. And for that we are rather devastated, but you can understand the Angels’ concerns about overuse.

Ohtani has registered a 3.35 ERA, 1.066 WHIP, and 52/14 K/BB ratio through his first 40 1/3 innings (seven starts) as a major league pitcher and he’s slashing .308/.364/.582 with six home runs and 19 RBI in 26 games as a part-time DH.