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Rockies' Gonzalez staying in left field

Saturday - 2/22/2014, 8:58pm  ET

Colorado Rockies left fielder Carlos Gonzalez points to himself as he jokes during baseball spring training Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, in Scottsdale, Ariz. Rockies position players officially begin their spring training Saturday, one week after pitchers and catchers arrived. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Colorado Rockies manager Walt Weiss says slugger Carlos Gonzalez will remain in left field rather than move over to center to replace Dexter Fowler.

Moving CarGo to center had been a strong possibility ever since the Rockies traded Fowler to Houston over the winter. Weiss revealed the decision Saturday.

But the Rockies later acquired Drew Stubbs from Cleveland, and Stubbs can platoon in center with Corey Dickerson or Charlie Blackmon, who can back up all three outfield spots.

Gonzalez said he'd be fine with a move to center field so long as he didn't bounce back and forth as he had earlier in his career. He said that affected him both physically and mentally.

Gonzalez is a three-time Gold Glove winner.


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