Two-time All-Star Carlos Gonzalez of the Colorado Rockies had season-ending knee surgery on Monday and, according to a report, may not be ready by the time spring training starts next year.
Gonzalez, a three-time Gold Glove winner who was limited to just 70 games because of finger, ankle and knee injuries this year, reportedly had more extensive damage than was expected, according to MLB.com.
“The [bursa sac] was beat up and torn up,” Rockies head athletic trainer Keith Dugger said. “They cleaned that out. The middle third of the patella tendon was where the actually diseased tissue was. They cut that out and sewed it back together.”
Dugger cautioned it will be months before the club will know whether Gonzalez will be able to go at the start of spring training.
“We really won’t know how he is going to be until that 4 ½- to five-month mark,” Dugger said. “He might be a little delayed for spring training, but our goal is to get him there and get him ready.
“Nothing is a cure-all. The closest thing to a cure-all is the rehab.”
Gonzalez, who won the National League batting title in 2010 with a .336 average, hit just .238/.292/.431 this season with 15 doubles, 11 homers and 38 RBI. He was an All-Star in 2012-13 and won Gold Gloves in 2010, 2012 and 2013.