Carlos Gonzalez hung onto the ball and escaped with merely a bruised knee after full-speed wall collision

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Last night the Rockies beat the Dodgers in extra innings thanks in large part to Carlos Gonzalez’s exceptional catch in the sixth frame.
With a runner on first base Casey Blake sent a Jason Hammel pitch deep into the gap in right-center field, but Gonzalez sprinted after it and made the grab inches from the wall … and then slammed into it at full speed.
He held on for the inning-ending catch, but then collapsed in a heap and was down for several minutes. At first the assumption was that he’d knocked himself out, which seems like the natural course of action when someone runs full speed into a fence, but it turns out the bigger issue was Gonzalez’s right leg ramming into the wall.
Gonzalez eventually limped off the field under his own power and has been diagnosed with a bruised right knee, which qualifies as very good news for the Rockies. He’s unlikely to play today, but manager Jim Tracy said he’s hoping to get Gonzalez back in the lineup as soon as Friday.
And if you haven’t yet seen the great, fearless catch, check out the video on MLB.com.

Mets sign Jose Lobaton to minor league deal

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The Mets signed catcher Jose Lobaton to a minor league contract, the team announced Friday. The deal includes an invitation to spring training, where it’s assumed Lobaton will be in the mix for a backup role behind Travis d'Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki.

Lobaton, 33, is coming off of a four-year stint with the Nationals. He put up his worst career numbers in 2017, producing -0.6 fWAR after slashing just .170/.248/.277 with four home runs in 158 plate appearances. While he’ll give the Mets little to work with at the plate, his near-decade of experience behind the dish should make him a decent emergency option, if nothing else.

In the meantime, the Mets are expected to roll with a d’Arnaud/Plawecki platoon to start the season. Both catchers saw slight upticks in value over the 2017 season: d’Arnaud turned in 0.8 fWAR after hitting a career-high 16 home runs, while Plawecki collected 0.6 fWAR and three homers after raising his batting line over the Mendoza Line for the first time since 2015.