One day after the Colorado Rockies found out they would miss Troy Tulowitzki for the rest of the season, they got more bad news.
Star outfielder Carlos Gonzalez will miss the remainder of the season with knee surgery. CarGo was not having the same kind of season that Tulo was having, but he is still a player who Colorado needs on its roster.
The Rockies have plummeted in the standings after starting the season off as the biggest surprise in MLB. Despite being top five in most major offensive categories, they are in last place in the NL West. Gonzalez was not going to turn their season around, so it is probably smart to end his year. The Rockies’ Twitter reported that he will miss the next five to six months due to the injury, which puts him ready just in time for Spring Training next season.
Gonzalez is quickly becoming an injury risk every season. This season was by far the worst, missing all but 70 games, but he has never played 150 in his seven-year career. This officially makes him a question mark going into every season until he can prove that he can stay healthy.
Another interesting storyline tied into this is that the Rockies will now have very little chance of trading him this offseason. He was a part of trade rumors close to the deadline, but now that he is hurt again, teams will want proof he can stay on the field.
Again, this was the right decision. The Rockies aren’t playing for anything this year. They have Corey Dickerson, Drew Stubbs and Charlie Blackmon all playing well in the outfield, and Michael Cuddyer who will be ready to be activated soon. They don’t need Gonzalez, even if they were in the race.
The Rockies, however, need a healthy CarGo and Tulo going into 2015. They are playing for the future right now, and they need to make moves for some pitching before they can compete.
The real question is, how will Gonzalez play moving forward? Just two years ago, he looked like he was going to be a superstar in this league. Now, it seems like he could be another cautionary tale.