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Carlos Gonzalez recovered from appendectomy, cleared for physical activity

Jan 23, 2014, 7:02 PM EDT

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Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez required an emergency appendectomy two weeks ago, but the Rockies announced this afternoon that doctors have cleared him for physical activity following a check-up.

As Thomas Harding of MLB.com notes, Gonzalez also had a small hernia near his navel repaired when his appendix was removed on January 10. It wouldn’t be surprising if he was a bit behind at the start of the Cactus League schedule, but there’s still plenty of time for him to get ready for the start of the regular season.

Gonzalez was limited to just 19 games after the All-Star break last year due to a sprained right middle finger, but he managed to avoid surgery. The Rockies are planning to give him a chance to take over as the full-time center fielder this season.

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