I reported yesterday that there was a small amount of improvement in outfielder Carlos Gonzalez, who started throwing on Saturday. But there wasn't any significant change in the condition of his injured index finger. He had not yet been cleared to swing and manager Walt Weis was unsure whether or not Gonzalez would come off the disabled list when eligible on June 19.
An update on Gonzalez as reported by Cody Ulm of MLB.com, is that Gonzalez will see hand specialist Thomas Graham today for exploratory surgery. Graham first thought there were foreign bodies in Gonzalez's finger during an examination in May, but an MRI couldn't confirm that diagnosis. Because of the diagnosis, Gonzalez continue to play for the next several games with the injury. The hope is that the surgery will give the team a concrete timetable for his return.
Gonzalez, in his seventh Major League season, is batting just .255 with eight home runs and 31 RBI in 52 games this season. In 110 games last year, he batted .302 with 26 home runs and 70 RBI. Gonzalez is a two-time All-Star with a career batting average of .296 with 133 home runs and 450 RBI.
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