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Carlos Gonzalez finds fresh opportunity with Cubs, who are eager to see how he can fit into their playoff chase


Gonzalez, who spent a decade with the Rockies before Colorado elected not to re-sign him this past offseason, started 2019 with the Indians before being designated for assignment and eventually released.


Certainly, as even Rockies manager Bud Black admitted, it’s “a weird look” for Colorado fans and Gonzalez’s former teammates to see him in classic blue and white pinstripes.


Nolan Arenado came over to Gonzalez during batting practice ahead of Tuesday’s series opener at Wrigley Field, giving the outfielder a big bear hug.


Gonzalez, starting in right field against his former team, saw his tenure with the Rockies end due to the emergence of younger outfielders in David Dahl and Raimel Tapia.


Teammate Daniel Descalso believes so, noting there’s a lot more left in the lefty’s sweet swing than his brief, K-laden stint with the Indians to start the year indicated.


Black gave minor injury updates on closer Wade Davis (oblique, injured list since May 19) and outfielder Charlie Blackmon (calf, May 24).






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