Thursday, October 3, 2013
Could Rockies start 2014 without Cargo?
By AJ Mass
For the majority of the Colorado Rockies, the 2013 season has ended, but Carlos Gonzalez is still taking some swings that are loaded with important implications for the future.
Gonzalez is currently working out in the Arizona instructional league, where he is getting at-bats in order to determine how the sprained ligament in his right middle finger is holding up. He got through Wednesday's action without any setbacks, and will take a few more hard swings over the next few days.
Gonzalez is trying to figure out if he's comfortable playing through the pain of his injury, or if he'd rather undergo surgery to repair his hand once and for all. If he opts for surgery, it would require around three months before he'd be able to even consider a resumption of baseball activities, if not longer. That's why a decision needs to be made by November 1, lest Gonzalez's availability for the start of spring training be put in jeopardy.
Keep an eye on this situation, because if Gonzalez ends up deciding to pass on having a surgical procedure, the chance of a recurrence of 2013's second-half where his injury woes held him to just five at-bats from August 1 on, would hang like the sword of Damocles over his entire 2014 season.