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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Rockies Injury Update: Carlos Gonzalez could miss five weeks

By on 6/11/2014 10:30:00 PM

Colorado Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez was placed on the DL last Friday with an inflamed finger on his left hand. On Tuesday, he underwent exploratory surgery and a "foreign body" was removed.

Our own Dr. Adam Bitterman describes the type of injury and procedure Gonzalez will go through to recover. This is what he believes is going on, this is not to speculate:

A lipoma is a benign mass of adipose tissue which can be diagnosed with an ultrasound. A foreign body may become encapsulated by the body's own defense mechanisms and become a mass like lesion. For pitchers these areas of increased tissue may lead to abnormalities of one's grip of the baseball. Reports mention both of these diagnoses. It is not known for sure yet, however; both can be removed with surgical procedures if symptomatic. 

The 28-year-old slugger is batting .255/.307/.499 in 52 games. These are not great numbers for two-time all star, three-time gold glove and silver slugger winner. We do not know exactly how long he will be out of the lineup, however; it will be somewhere around five weeks which will impact the team on defense and offense.

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Dr. Adam Bitterman also contributed to this article. He is an Orthopedic surgery resident in Long Island. Dr. Bitterman did not directly participate in the care of the above mentioned individual. His views do not reflect that of his employer. You can follow Adam on Twitter @BittermanJAMB.

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