With approximately a month and a half left in the Major League season, it is hard to imagine that there is any bad news left for the Colorado Rockies.
In a 72 hour window, this team lost enough games to claim the worst record in baseball, lost Troy Tulowitzki to season-ending hip surgery, and will now lose outfielder Carlos Gonzalez to season-ending knee surgery.
Gonzalez, known as “CarGo” by the Rockies’ faithful, had been playing through knee tendinitis all season. He recently aggravated that injury and hurt his ankle, and then a checkup this week revealed further damage to his patella tendon.
The Rockies finally reached the point where they had to consider shutting CarGo down for the season, and that decision was made final with the recommendation for surgery. From the team’s Twitter account.
#Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez will have surgery on his left patella tendon on Monday. Will be performed by Dr. Tom Hackett
— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) August 15, 2014
As for Gonzalez, he simply expressed hopes that having this surgery now will set him up for a fresh start to the 2015 campaign (as passed along by Cody Ulm of MLB.com):
“Of course, this wasn’t something that I was looking for, but I know we’re looking for results,” Gonzalez said. “We’re looking to get something done so I don’t have to deal with this.”
It will be back to the drawing board for this Rockies’ franchise, or at least it should be. A number of years ago they locked up Tulowitzki and Gonzalez to long-term contracts and promised playoff appearances with those two leading the way.
That plan has failed spectacularly, and with these two injuries to end the 2014 season, it is impossible to imagine that things won’t change before next season.