The Colorado Rockies are going to be without Carlos Gonzalez for a while.
Having recently placed the star left fielder on the disabled list due to “foreign bodies” in his left index finger, the team was waiting to see if surgery would be necessary to clean up that injury after it finally forced him to the disabled list. Gonzalez was given to understand that surgery would prolong his absence because, simply enough, there is more area that has to heal if they perform an operation.
On Monday the team decided that was the course of action. Per the Denver Post:
All-star left fielder Carlos Gonzalez, placed on the disabled list Wednesday because a swollen and inflamed left index finger, will have exploratory surgery on the finger Tuesday at the Cleveland Clinic.
Gonzalez lost a big chunk of the 2013 season to an unrelated finger injury. As a result of that issue he changed the way he gripped the bat and, to an extent, the way that he actually swung this past off-season. To then require surgery on the other hand the very next season is definitely a tough break for the 28-year-old outfielder.
Gonzalez’s season has been a disappointment thus far for a variety of reasons prior to this stint on the DL. His offensive numbers are down (.255/.307/.449), something that may or may not have anything to do with his injured finger. He is also dealing with knee tendinitis, something that sapped his ability to steal bases (only two) or play the gold glove outfield that he has displayed in previous seasons.
It might be a long time before CarGo is back on the field for the Rockies; they will just hope that they get the full version of him when he is able to return.