Carlos Gonzalez LF/RF COL 5 Hrs
Gonzalez (knee) said the soreness he experienced Friday was more fatigue than anything and he is fine Saturday, MLB.com's Thomas Harding reports.
He was forced to leave Friday's game with knee soreness, but it does not sound like anything serious. Still, this is the kind of minor ailment that will pop up routinely for Gonzalez this season, which is why he will come at a discount relative to his skill set on draft day.
Carlos Gonzalez LF/RF COL 19 Hrs
Gonzalez exited Friday's spring game due to a sore left knee, Nick Groke of The Denver Post reports.
The Rockies said Gonzalez was removed from Friday's game for precautionary reasons, but it's not a good sign that his surgically-repaired left knee is sore with Opening Day just over a week away. The Rockies figure to proceed with further caution, and will likely release another update on Gonzalez's health in the near future.
Carlos Gonzalez LF/RF COL 20 Hrs
Gonzalez was removed from Friday's spring game in the fourth inning with an apparent injury, Nick Groke of The Denver Post reports.
It's not clear what type of injury Gonzalez is dealing with, and he was able to walk off the field under his own power, but he was accompanied by a team trainer. Expect Gonzalez's status to be updated as more details become available.
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Gonzalez (knee) made his spring debut Monday against the Reds, manning right field and going 0-for-1 with a walk in his two at-bats.
Gonzalez's surgically repaired left knee was put to test right away in the first inning, as he managed to flag down a hard liner by the Reds' Kristopher Negron without much trouble. The Rockies will likely take it easy this spring on Gonzalez, who hadn't played in a competitive game since Aug. 8 and has been undone by a variety of injuries over the last few seasons. Still, the upside with Gonzalez is readily apparent in the multiple 20-homer/20-steal campaigns he has on his resume, so if he can defy the odds and play close to a full schedule in 2015, he'll likely be able to justify his auction price or draft position.
Carlos Gonzalez LF/RF COL 19 Days
Gonzalez (knee) will get the start and hit second in Monday's Cactus League game, MLB.com's Thomas Harding reports.
This was his anticipated return date after being limited at the start of camp as he rehabbed from knee surgery. Prospective owners will want to monitor his status over the coming weeks, particularly after spring training games to make sure there have been no setbacks.
Carlos Gonzalez LF/RF COL 20 Days
Gonzalez (knee) could make his Cactus League the Reds, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports.
Gonzalez had surgery on his knee last season, but appears to be on track for a return in the near future after participating in a workout Sunday. He could be in store for a good season in 2015 if he can remain healthy, but that has been his biggest challenge over the past few seasons.
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Gonzalez (knee) ran the bases Monday and could play in games sooner than originally expected, MLB.com's Thomas Harding reports.
While Gonzalez won't play in the Grapefruit League opener, he could get into some spring training games sooner than later, and the Rockies remain hopeful that he will be ready to go for Opening Day.
Carlos Gonzalez LF/RF COL 28 Days
Gonzalez (knee) is expected to begin running the bases next week, MLB.com reports.
Gonzalez has been taking batting practice and sprinting without pain in his knee, and it sounds like he could run the bases early next week. Running the bases is always a big step for a player returning from injury, typically one of the final hurdles a player must clear before returning to game action. That said, manager Walt Weiss isn't in any hurry to return the 29-year-old to games and is instead focusing more on getting Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki (hip) ready for the start of the regular season.
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Gonzalez (knee), who was on the field taking batting practice with his teammates Monday, recently told the Denver Post that his knee isn't bothering him at all. "I can put all my weight back, sit and wait for the ball something that I wasn't able to do last year," Gonzalez said. "It's my back knee, and it's really important to stay back. I have a leg kick, and last year I had a difficult time staying back on pitches."
Much like teammate Troy Tulowitzki, Gonzalez won't play in Cactus League games until he's ready. Gonzalez is sprinting without pain, and the next step in his recovery will be running the bases and making sharp cuts in the outfield. Gonzalez was limited to 70 games last season before his season ended following left knee surgery.
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Gonzalez (knee) will be allowed to change direction while running when spring training begins, MLB.com reports.
Gonzalez was cleared for straight-ahead running and on-field batting practice earlier this week, and barring a setback, will be given the green light to cut on the knee next month. Rockies GM Jeff Bridich also revealed that Gonzalez's left index finger, from which a benign tumor was removed last June, has healed and that Gonzalez is throwing. All signs point to the 29-year-old being close to a full-go at the start of spring training, but manager Walt Weiss suggested Gonzalez won't see a lot of action in the Cactus League, especially early on.