Already on the disabled list, Colorado Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez got quite the scare on Tuesday. During exploratory surgery in Cleveland, Dr. Thomas Graham found, and subsequently removed, a tumor in CarGo’s left index finger. They are hoping that the tumor is benign, but will not know for sure until after they get the biopsy results.
"They are common," said Rockies head athletic trainer Keith Dugger. "These little benign tumors, which we hope it is, are probably the second-most-common finding in a finger besides cysts."
After playing through the pain for awhile, Gonzalez was placed on the 15-day DL on June 4 with finger swelling. Being hampered by injury may explain some of CarGo’s struggles this season, where he is batting a career-low .255.
While the surgery was more invasive than was originally anticipated, it is not expected to change his timetable to return.
"Typically it'll take a couple weeks just for the tissue to heal,” said Dugger. “And then he can get back his strength and start swinging."
The injury bug has bitten the Rockies hard this season. Joining Gonzalez on the DL are: Brett Anderson (P), Nolan Arenado (3B), Eddie Butler (P), Tyler Chatwood (P), Michael Cuddyer (RF), Boone Logan (P) and Jordan Lyles (P).
"It's something as a professional team we've got to push through, push forward," said Cuddyer.
Cuddyer was placed on the DL Wednesday (retroactive to June 6), after fracturing a bone in his left shoulder socket. The injury is not expected to require surgery.