The Denver Post - - SPORTS - Nick Groke, The Den­ver Post

The sweet­est swing­ing piece of the Rock­ies’ strug­gling lineup re­turned Mon­day, but at sig­nif­i­cant cost. Car­los Gon­za­lez was back in right field for the series opener against the Reds, af­ter re­cov­er­ing from a shoul­der in­jury that kept him out of a ninegame, eight-loss road trip.

“We get CarGo back, which is huge,” first base­man Mark Reynolds said.

But as Gon­za­lez re­turned in time for the week-long home­s­tand, out­fielder Ian Des­mond de­parted. He was put on the 10day dis­abled list be­cause of a strained calf.

Des­mond broke for a line drive in the fourth in­ning Sun­day at Ari­zona but pulled up hob­bled af­ter mak­ing the catch. He was re­moved from the game and re­turned to Den­ver for an MRI on Mon­day. The Rock­ies waited un­til late in the af­ter­noon be­fore putting Des­mond on the DL.

Mike Tauch­man, an out­fielder the Rock­ies called up last Tues­day, re­mains on the ros­ter.

Gon­za­lez tweaked a shoul­der mus­cle dur­ing an at-bat against the Di­a­mond­backs two weeks ago in Den­ver. Af­ter wait­ing two days for the in­jury to calm, the Rock­ies moved him to the DL. His ab­sence, though, was well timed. He is hit­ting only .221 this sea­son and was just 10-for-58 at the plate in June.

Des­mond, who signed a fiveyear, $70 mil­lion con­tract in the off­sea­son, de­parts for the sec­ond time this sea­son. He suf­fered a bro­ken hand in spring train­ing when an er­rant pitch clob­bered him near his left wrist in March.

He missed Colorado’s first 25 games be­fore re­turn­ing April 30 and has since hit .283 with a .321 on-base per­cent­age.

The Rock­ies ended a 1-8 road trip with a loss Sun­day. They hit only .211 on the trip and av­er­aged just 2.9 runs per game.

“Our of­fense is up and down right now,” Reynolds said. “But it has the po­ten­tial to be great.”

Parra up­date.

Out­fielder Ger­ardo Parra, who was pulled from a June 6 game be­cause of an in­jured quadri­ceps, leaves Tues­day for a mi­nor-league re­hab as­sign­ment. An MRI showed that his leg has healed.

Parra will re­port to Triple-A Al­bu­querque for three games. He could re­turn to the Rock­ies on Fri­day, he said.

Mark­ing bal­lots.

Reynolds is among five play­ers com­pet­ing for one open spot on the Na­tional League all-star team. Fan vot­ing will de­ter­mine who wins that spot.

The Rock­ies on Mon­day started a cam­paign to get Reynolds se­lected for All-Star Game, which will be played next Tues­day in Miami.

“This is my sec­ond fi­nal vote. I’m 0-for-1,” Reynolds said. “Hope­fully we can get the word out. It’s an honor to be con­sid­ered. But I just want to put my fo­cus on get­ting to Oc­to­ber (for the post­sea­son) rather than get­ting to Miami.”

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