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Carlos Gonzalez “is likely done” for the season along with Troy Tulowitzki

Aug 14, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

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Troy Tulowitzki has already been shut down for the year with a torn hip labrum that requires surgery and it looks like the Rockies will also be without Carlos Gonzalez for the remainder of the season.

Gonzalez is on the disabled list with a knee injury and Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports that “the MRI revealed more damage than a previous test” and the outfielder “is likely done” for the year after playing just 70 games.

Gonzalez has been trying to play through knee soreness since last season and was placed on the disabled list over the weekend after hitting just .238 with a career-worst .723 OPS. He’s never played more than 145 games in a season, missing big chunks of time in each of the previous three years, but this is the first time Gonzalez’s production when in the lineup has also suffered.

He won the batting title in 2010 while finishing third in the MVP balloting and made the All-Star team in both 2012 and 2013. Prior to this year his OPS with the Rockies has never dipped below .875 and he’s also a three-time Gold Glove winner.

  1. gdobs227 - Aug 14, 2014 at 10:19 AM

    Tough times to be a Rockies fan.

    • johnnysoda - Aug 14, 2014 at 10:23 AM

      Especially when you consider that they were seven games above .500 on May 10. Since that day, they’ve got 23-58, a .284 winning percentage.

      • mondogarage - Aug 14, 2014 at 2:16 PM

        But we’re leading MLB by far in disabled list trips, and broken hand/finger injuries, so there’s that.

      • dsaverno - Aug 14, 2014 at 3:03 PM

        ehh, mondo. I think the Rangers just went a lap up on you (on the left!).

    • tmc602014 - Aug 14, 2014 at 10:34 PM

      Truer words never spoken. Crazy owners, drunk owners, a potential all-time star annually beset by injury. We all want our teams to be merciless when CR comes to town but we’ll show sympathy the rest of the time.

  2. coryrox78 - Aug 14, 2014 at 10:25 AM

    It’s time to clean house from top to bottom. Unfortunately, management’s continued motto is “wait ’til next year”.

    • asimonetti88 - Aug 14, 2014 at 10:39 AM

      They need to get rid of Dan O’Dowd

    • dowhatifeellike - Aug 14, 2014 at 10:41 AM

      The owner is committed to “keep[ing] the culture intact”.

      The only thing he could possibly mean is the culture of losing.

  3. dowhatifeellike - Aug 14, 2014 at 10:42 AM

    Tulo and CarGo’s future teams thank the Rockies for making their health a priority.

  4. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Aug 14, 2014 at 11:02 AM

    Just think about the haul they could get for Tulo and Cargo, then think about what having those two around for 80 games a year each has done for the Rockies. Pull the trigger and rebuild your club.

    • Wesley Clark - Aug 14, 2014 at 11:39 AM

      I agree. You aren’t going anywhere with them and they have value. The PR hit would be pretty brutal for the franchise but it can’t be any worse than the owner yelling at fans and questioning if Denver even deserves a team. The injury situation almost reminds me of Kerry Wood/Mark Prior from the Cubs a while back. The Rockies seem to be perpetually waiting for these two guys to be healthy and it just freezes the franchise into mediocrity.

      • mogogo1 - Aug 14, 2014 at 2:12 PM

        Here’s the Rockies problems in a nutshell: Sure, O’Dowd has made many, many mistakes… but even his no-brainer moves end up going bad. Can you imagine what would have been said if he’d traded away Tulo or Cargo earlier? Yet, he keeps them and things still go south. They’re totally snakebit in everything they do.

    • tmohr - Aug 14, 2014 at 11:46 AM

      Gonzalez can’t stay healthy, and he was hitting 160/224/319 outside Coors this season. That doesn’t exactly make him attractive trade bait.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Aug 14, 2014 at 11:52 AM

        Someone would bite. I wonder if playing half of one’s games at Coors makes people more brittle. It seems as though many Colorado super-stars have been fragile (purely anecdotal/memory analysis alert!)

  5. 13yrsmlbvet - Aug 14, 2014 at 11:21 AM

    When will the Rox figure out how to care for and prepare their guys better?

  6. DonRSD - Aug 14, 2014 at 12:28 PM

    Best move Sandy Alserson didn’t make was listening to the moronic Mets fans and trade for one of these bums.
    Coors Field padded stats.

    • karlkolchak - Aug 14, 2014 at 1:56 PM

      Go where? 4th place?

    • mogogo1 - Aug 14, 2014 at 2:17 PM

      What use would a juggernaut like the Mets have for a .340 hitter like Tulo? This “Alserson” guy is a genius.

  7. jolink653 - Aug 14, 2014 at 12:33 PM

    I’m really hoping the Yankees take notice of these injuries, more specifically Tulo’s, and avoid trading whatever is left in the system for him or CarGo. Great players when healthy, except they’re never healthy. Rockies should drum up some offers for the two and sell as high as they can while they can get something back

  8. wisbadgfan - Aug 14, 2014 at 2:30 PM

    I agree with other posters——the Rockies haven’t gone anywhere with Tulo and Cargo, so it is time for a total rebuild. Well executed trades could be a nice group of prospects, although the trade value has diminuished on both due to their frequent injuries.

    Tulo and Cargo are fine players, but are so frequently disabled that they provide a substantial risk for any possible takers. Showing flashes of brilliance is fine, but if you cannot stay on the field for 140-145 games a year their value with their current salaries is a mismatch.

    Good luck to the Rockies in attempting to move them for commensurate value—–this could be difficult.

  9. bbk1000 - Aug 15, 2014 at 6:58 AM

    Hopefully the half witted Mets fans who want to give up the farm for either Tulo or this clown will finally shut up…..or better yet, become a Yankees fan….

    They just aren’t worth the risk….

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