Carlos Gonzalez is tired of watching. His sprained right middle finger isn't perfect but it is better. Only a few months of inactivity will provide ample healing time he said. Yet the two-time all-star wants to help the Rockies finish strong for the first time in three years.

Gonzalez mapped out his rehab schedule for The Denver Post before heading to the airport. He flew to Fresno Calif. on Friday night will play seven innings for Triple-A Colorado Springs on Saturday and entire games Sunday and Monday.

"The minor-league season is ending. I need to get out there and see live pitching" said Gonzalez who took a round of batting practice before leaving. "That will help me get my timing back."

Without any setbacks — and there are no guarantees since the finger flares up on awkward swings typically against left-handers — Gonzalez plans to start for the Rockies on Tuesday or Wednesday against the Dodgers.

"I want to get back out there. I don't feel great but I don't feel bad either" Gonzalez said. "We are longshots obviously for the playoffs. But these games still matter to us. It's important to play well and I want to do my part."

Gonzalez is hitting .302 with 26 home runs and 70 RBIs. He has not played since Aug. 4 after his finger began bothering him for the fifth time since a painful swing July 7 at Arizona.