Carlos Gonzalez is going to have his finger cut open. The Rockies hope it'll finally help them put their finger on the source of his problems.
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CarGo will undergo exploratory surgery on his left index finger on Tuesday, the club announced, in hopes of figuring out what's going on in the outfielder's digit.
The finger has been an ongoing issue for Gonzalez, as he first reported swelling during a game on May 1. He's had more than one recurrence since then, with the latest coming on June 3 when he was unable fit the finger in his batting glove. The Rockies placed him on the disabled list the following day.
CarGo visited a hand specialist, Thomas Graham, on May 29, at which point Graham suggested a "foreign body" could be irritating the finger. Foreign bodies could take many forms in this case, with the most likely being something like a small splinter or fingernail.
An ultrasound and MRI produced no visible foreign bodies, but with the issue still lingering the decision was made to poke around inside the finger to see if the root of the problem will show itself. Graham will perform the exploratory surgery Tuesday in Cleveland.
It's unclear how long a simple exploratory procedure could keep him down, but the real fear is what the doctor might find. Good or bad, a lot more should be known about CarGo's finger and his timetable after Tuesday's procedure.
It took a few more days than originally expected, but Gregory Polanco's time has finally come.
After an erroneous report spread about Polanco's impending arrival last week, the outfielder broke the news Monday that he's headed to the Show. Polanco will most likely be activated before Tuesday's game, and there's no reason to think he won't be in the starting lineup for the tilt with the Cubs.
His arrival has been long awaited, as fantasy owners have drooled over his potential. The 22-year-old batted a ridiculous .347/.405/.540 with seven home runs and 15 stolen bases at Triple-A Indianapolis before the promotion, and he's been batting leadoff in recent days to get a feel for setting the table atop a lineup.
Manager Clint Hurdle hasn't had a chance to give his input on where Polanco might bat in the Bucs' lineup, but wherever it is, it will most likely be a prime spot for fantasy production. That's especially true considering Polanco will take the roster spot of Neil Walker, who hit the DL on Monday after undergoing an appendectomy. With Walker's potent bat out of the middle of the lineup, the Pirates will have even more incentive to thrust Polanco right into the middle of the action.
Cautionary tales for great expectations exist in the early struggles of Oscar Taveras and, briefly, George Springer, so owners expecting the next coming of Yasiel Puig may be disappointed. But the potential is sky high, and Polanco should immediately be owned, if not started, in all leagues as such.
Surgery 'Increasingly Likely' For Wieters
The "will he, won't he" saga of Matt Wieters' right elbow took on an ominous tone on Monday.
FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported Monday that two separate sources said Wieters' throwing program is not going well, making season-ending elbow surgery "increasingly likely." A third source was less pessimistic, saying it's "too early to make a determination" one way or another on the surgical route.
A more definitive source will come in the way of Dr. James Andrews, whom Wieters will visit next Monday. Andrews, a name synonymous with Tommy John surgery these days, should be able to provide Wieters and the Orioles a clearer picture on the elbow.
Wieters was placed on the disabled list on May 11 with a right elbow strain, and after being shut down for a few weeks the 28-year-old has been on a throwing program for the past two weeks. The Orioles originally set a July 1 deadline on a decision about surgery, a date that's rapidly approaching with the uncertainty surrounding his situation presently. Obviously more will be known after his visit with Andrews next Monday, but it certainly doesn't look good for Wieters.
Chisenhall Of Fame
Lonnie Chisenhall enjoyed himself on Monday.
The third baseman went 5-for-5 with three home runs and nine RBI in the Indians' drubbing of the Rangers. The historic night put him in the same sentence as Walker Cooper, Gil Hodges and Fred Lynn. Shut it down, American League players. Chisenhall's got the Player of the Week award locked up.
National League Quick Hits: The Rockies took a big blow with the CarGo news, but his injury wasn't the only one sustained by the team on Monday. The Rox placed former batting champion Michael Cuddyer on the DL with a left shoulder strain, and top prospect Eddie Butler was disabled due to right rotator cuff inflammation. The Butler news is especially deflating, as he, along with Jonathan Gray, represents the hope for future success for the Rockies to many ... a day after being placed on the disabled list, Gerrit Cole (shoulder) made 25 throws from 60 feet off flat ground Monday. The Pirates have been optimistic about Cole's ability to come back after 15 days, and Monday's session did nothing to tame that optimism ... Ian Desmond, suddenly hot at the plate, drove in five runs with a three-hit night. With a chance at the cycle, Desmond flied out to left field in the ninth inning ... Scott Van Slyke had a night as well, going 3-for-3 with two home runs against the Reds. He's no Chisenhall, but it'll do ... Trevor Cahill had a strange day. The right-hander was floated as a possible candidate to return to the starting rotation early Monday evening, and 15 minutes later he was designated for assignment by the club. The picture got clearer when general manager Kevin Towers indicated Cahill will likely stay with the club and report to the minor leagues, where he'll be stretched out as a starter. Cahill could be back in the bigs and in the Diamondbacks' rotation at some point this season after all.
American League Quick Hits: Speaking of George Springer, the 24-year-old was scratched from Monday's game with right knee soreness. There's no reason to panic, though -- the injury is thought to simply be day-to-day ... after allowing five runs in a non-save situation Sunday, Grant Balfour was removed from the closer's role by manager Joe Maddon on Monday. The Rays will go with the always-popular closer-by-committee, with the smart money on Jake McGee to run away with the job ... Tyler Skaggs was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right hamstring injury. Fantasy owners are hopeful the injury somewhat explains Skaggs' struggles of late ... Kendrys Morales made his Twins debut on Monday, serving as the designated hitter and going 1-for-3. Nothing like missing the first two months of the season and trying to get your timing back facing R.A. Dickey.