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Mike Gonzalez pitched through a torn meniscus

Oct 29, 2011, 12:10 PM EDT

2011 World Series Game 7 - Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals Getty Images

Josh Hamilton wasn’t the only member of the Rangers playing through a painful injury.

Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas, Mike Gonzalez has a torn meniscus in his left knee. He was pulled from the seventh inning of Game 7 last night due to the injury, which he originally suffered late in the season.

“We didn’t want to tell anybody so they wouldn’t try to bunt or anything,” Gonzalez said. “I just had to gut it out until the end.”

Gonzalez will undergo surgery on the knee next week, but expects to be ready for spring training. The impending free agent had a 4.15 ERA over eight postseason appearances and compiled a 4.39 ERA and 51/21 K/BB ratio over 53 1/3 innings during the regular season between Texas and Baltimore. The 33-year-old southpaw held left-handed batters to a cool .214/.264/.311 batting line. While he won’t receive a two-year, $12 million contract again, he certainly still has value in a set-up role.

  1. theonlynolan - Oct 29, 2011 at 12:17 PM

    That’s a fluky looking slugging percentage against.

    • D.J. Short - Oct 29, 2011 at 12:25 PM

      That’s because it’s really .311. :-)

  2. theonlynolan - Oct 29, 2011 at 12:35 PM

    Makes more sense haha

    • D.J. Short - Oct 29, 2011 at 12:52 PM

      Yes, I think I originally put his OPS in there. My eye level must have changed somehow.

      • Francisco (FC) - Oct 29, 2011 at 1:31 PM

        Dang it! Don’t just correct. Use strike-through, otherwise we folks who arrive late at the party can’t have a good laugh at your expense!

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