Adrian Gonzalez told the San Diego Union-Tribune in September that an injury to his right shoulder in May impacted his ability to hit for power this season. Now he’s trying to figure out why.
According to Dan Hayes of the North County Times, Gonzalez underwent two MRI exams on his right shoulder this week. His agent John Boggs told Hayes that Gonzalez will be ready for the start of next season, whether he chooses to undergo rehab the shoulder or have arthroscopic surgery on his labrum.
“It’s not debilitating — it’s aggravating,” Boggs said. “It’s nothing of urgency. They’re evaluating it right now, and ultimately it will be Adrian’s decision.”
Padres general manager Jed Hoyer confirmed in a text message to Hayes that the Padres are now “assessing the next step.”
Gonzalez, 28, batted .298/.393/.511 with 31 homers and 101 RBI this season. The team plans to pick up his $5.5 million option for next season, after which he will almost certainly become a free agent.
Oft-injured pitcher Josh Johnson is retiring from baseball, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick is reporting.
Johnson, 32, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2013. The right-hander underwent his third Tommy John surgery in September 2015 but wasn’t able to bounce back.
Johnson spent most of his career with the Marlins, but also pitched for the Blue Jays in the big leagues, as well as the Padres in the minors. He retires with a career 3.40 ERA, 915 strikeouts across 998 innings in the majors, and two All-Star nominations. Johnson led the National League with a 2.30 ERA in 2010, finishing fifth in NL Cy Young Award balloting. One wonders what he could have accomplished if he was able to stay healthy.
The Angels are nearing a multi-year deal with free agent third baseman Luis Valbuena, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports. It’s believed to be a two-year contract with a third-year option.
Valbuena, 31, hit .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances in 2016. He missed most of the second half with a hamstring injury, for which he underwent surgery in late August.
Valbuena has played a majority of his career at third base, but also has extensive experience at second base and has racked up innings at first base and shortstop as well. He won’t play every day for the Angels, as Yunel Escobar lays claim to third base and C.J. Cron first base, but he will give them flexibility and a left-handed bat off the bench.