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Brewers shortstop Alex Gonzalez diagnosed with torn ACL

May 7, 2012, 3:40 PM EDT

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For the second time in a week the Brewers have lost an everyday player to a torn ACL.

First baseman Mat Gamel will miss the remainder of the season after blowing out his knee on May 2 and now shortstop Alex Gonzalez has been diagnosed with a torn ACL suffered Saturday.

Season-ending surgery is likely, but the Brewers announced that Gonzalez will rest for a week before making an official decision. As a 35-year-old whose hitting isn’t good enough to keep him in the majors if his range and athleticism decline Gonzalez could be facing the end of his career.

Cesar Izturis will take over as Milwaukee’s starting shortstop and like Gonzalez his value is almost all dependent on defense, as the 32-year-old hasn’t topped a .650 OPS since 2004 and missed most of last season with elbow and groin injuries.

And at some point soon the Brewers will probably be in the market for a first baseman and a shortstop.

  1. randygnyc - May 7, 2012 at 4:09 PM

    Bad break. I always liked his intensity, and I never read about him abusing fans and their kids.

    • brewcrewfan54 - May 7, 2012 at 4:20 PM

      Most major leaguers don’t abuse fans or children. Who are you referencing?

  2. brewcrewfan54 - May 7, 2012 at 4:22 PM

    Everything went right last year for the Crew and now everything is going wrong. This really sucks.

    • brewcitybummer - May 7, 2012 at 4:52 PM

      They are tied for the 2nd worst run differential in baseball. The scary part may be that their record is better than the way they’ve played.

  3. vanmorrissey - May 7, 2012 at 5:03 PM

    Think he knew it when he went down, not one of cries of anguish but more like one of knowing what his fate would be. Not a good thing.

  4. randygnyc - May 7, 2012 at 5:17 PM

    Brewcrew- jayson Werth.

  5. randygnyc - May 7, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    Vanmorrisey- I can attest to the fact that tearing an acl is very painful, and a sudden, severe, shock ton the body.

    Perhaps the loss of fielder effected the chemistry of the team more than anticipated? And I think Braun’s problems have a negative effect as well.

  6. jimmymarlinsfan - May 7, 2012 at 5:48 PM

    Good luck sea bass…will never forget his walk off in game 4 of the 03 series

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