Adrian Gonzalez undergoes two MRIs on right shoulder

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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.

Yankees acquire A.J. Cole from the Nats

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The New York Yankees have acquired reliever A.J. Cole from the Washington Nationals for cash considerations.

Cole was supposed to be the Nats’ fifth starter this year but that didn’t work out too well. He pitched in four games for the Nats, starting two, to the tune of a 13.06 ERA, having given up six home runs in 10.1 innings. That’s . . . something.

Don’t get too used to Cole on the New York roster, as this seems like one of those “give us an arm” for a couple of days deals, after which Cole will be DFA’d and will either accept an assignment to Scranton or be cut loose. Such is life at the fringes for a guy who is out of minor league options.