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Colorado Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez could miss the start of spring training next year after undergoing knee surgery in Vail, Colo., on Tuesday.

"Everything went perfect," Gonzalez told Nick Groke of the Denver Post regarding the surgery. However, a lengthy recovery period lies ahead for the 28-year-old star. He'll spend upwards of five months resting and rehabbing the knee before the team can accurately assess when he'll be ready for baseball activity.

Gonzalez has now had three surgeries this season. After undergoing an appendectomy in January, he had what Rockies trainer Keith Dugger described a "fatty mass with tentacles" removed from his left index finger in July. Dugger had an equally detailed description for CarGo's latest operation:

"They ended up removing a whole bursa that was in there. There was a fat pad that was kind of beat up and tore up, they cleaned it out. And then the middle third of the patella tendon, where the actual diseased tissue was, they cut that out and sewed it back together."

With Gonzalez and fellow star Troy Tulowitzki again spending copious amounts of time on the disabled list, the Rockies were a National League-worst 49-75 entering Tuesday.

Carter homers again to beat Yankees

Houston Astros slugger Chris Carter continued his August home run barrage by hitting a three-run shot in the ninth inning to lift his team to a win over the Yankees. He accomplished a couple of interesting feats with the homer:

Chris Carter's 9 HR in August are two more than the #BlueJays have hit in the month (7).

— Tristan H. Cockcroft (@SultanofStat) August 20, 2014

Last Astros to reach 30 HRs in a season were Lance Berkman (34) and Carlos Lee (32), both in 2007.

— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) August 20, 2014

McCutchen accepts Ice Bucket Challenge

Andrew McCutchen returned to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday, but, uh ... he also did this:

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Tuesday scores

Nationals 8, Diamondbacks 1Braves 11, Pirates 3Astros 7, Yankees 4Mariners 5, Phillies 2Angels 4, Red Sox 3Orioles 5, White Sox 1Brewers 6, Blue Jays 1Marlins 4, Rangers 3Cubs 2, Giants 0 (5)Indians 7, Twins 5Tigers 8, Rays 6 (11)Cardinals 5, Reds 4Royals 7, Rockies 4Athletics 6, Mets 2Dodgers 8, Padres 6

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