Carlos Gonzalez quietly dressed in the corner of the clubhouse and shook his head. Another uncomfortable swing in his final at-bat Sunday dramatically increased the likelihood he will land on the disabled list before the New York Mets series.

"I don't want to go on the DL. But I can't swing. I am just a slap hitter that's all I can do right now" said Gonzalez after the Rockies' 5-1 loss to the Pirates. "It's right back to where it was (during the Atlanta series)."

Gonzalez tried choking up on the bat and had his sprained right middle finger taped differently. He bunted for a base hit but reaggravated his injury in his last at-bat. This is the fourth time it's flared up since he originally hurt on his follow through on July 7. Manager Walt Weiss indicated last week that if CarGo had another setback with the injury they would likely place him on the DL.

The Rockies are off Monday leaving Gonzalez a slight chance to improve before a decision is made. It's uncertain who would replace him. However Josh Rutledge was a late scratch in Triple-A on Sunday night. With the team buried in the standings the Rockies could begin giving younger players more at-bats. Charlie Culberson was called up last week and figures to see some time in the outfield in the Mets series.

Gonzalez did not play the first game of the Pirates series Friday pinch-hit Saturday and started Sunday in part because the Rockies were facing right-hander A.J. Burnett. Gonzalez had previously only felt pain in his finger during at-bats against left-handers.

The two-time all-star is batting .302 with 26 home runs 55 extra-base hits 21 stolen bases and 70 RBIs.