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Friday, August 15, 2014

Rockies Injury Update: Carlos Gonzalez to have season-ending surgery Monday

By on 8/15/2014 09:00:00 AM

The Colorado Rockies have announced that star outfielder Carlos Gonzalez will undergo season-ending surgery to repair the tendinitis in his left knee. Dr. Tom Hackett will perform the surgery, and he expects Gonzalez to need five to six months to recover, which would allow Gonzalez to report to Spring Training on time in February, 2015.

According to's Cody Ulm, Gonzalez discussed the surgery extensively with Dr. Hackett and the Rockies' training staff Thursday evening. He had the chance to receive platelet-enriched plasma injections to alleviate pain, but those injections would not actually solve the problem. A Wednesday MRI showed that the inflammation had worsened. Ulm quoted Gonzalez discussing the decision to have surgery. Said Gonzalez,
"Of course, this wasn't something that I was looking for, but I know we're looking for results. We're looking to get something done so I don't have to deal with this."
Gonzalez finished his season at .238 with 11 HR and 38 RBI in only 70 games in an injury-plagued 2014. He last played on August 8. He missed 35 games between June 4 and July 11 because of surgery to fingers on his left hand, his throwing hand. He expects to return to All-Star form once he recoveries from the knee surgery.

The loss of "Cargo" is the second major blow to the Rockies this week alone. The news comes just a few days after star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki announced his own season-ending surgery to repair a flexor strain in his left hip. Our own Rose Ingberman brought the details. "Tulo" was having a banner year, hitting .340/.432/.603 with 21 HR and 52 RBI for the last-place Rockies.

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