Uh-oh. While Carlos Gonzalez returned to the Rockies’ starting lineup last night after missing four straight games with a right wrist contusion, he told Troy Renck of the Denver Post after the game that he felt increased pain as the night wore on.
“In batting practice, you don’t have to swing 100 percent,’’ said Gonzalez. “With game speed, you have to speed it up a little bit. I got a fastball inside and was trying to turn, and it started hurting.’’
Gonzalez went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in his return. He appeared in obvious discomfort after coming up empty-handed on a dive to catch a fly ball off the bat off Mike Morse in the top of the ninth inning. That’s the picture to your right, by the way. CarGo’s comments to Renck after the game weren’t exactly encouraging.
“I was already in pain, so I can’t tell. I was just trying to get a bunt single at the end, my wrist was in so much pain.’’
Gonzalez said he would wait to see how he feels today before determining whether he can stay in the lineup, but it might be best to just shut him down through the All-Star break at this point.
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Royals and first baseman Eric Hosmer have discussed a long-term contract extension. However, Hosmer also indicated that he will head into free agency if a deal is not consummated by Opening Day.
Hosmer, 27, avoided arbitration with the Royals last month, agreeing to a $12.25 million salary for the 2017 season. He is one of four key Royals players who can become a free agent after the season along with Mike Moustakas, Alcides Escobar, and Lorenzo Cain. If Hosmer does reach free agency, he would arguably be the top free agent first baseman.
Hosmer finished the past season hitting .266/.328/.433 with 25 home runs and 104 RBI while making his first All-Star team.
Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Yankees have signed pitcher Jon Niese to a minor league contract, pending a physical. Assuming the deal is finalized, Sherman notes that the Yankees will have Niese work as both a starter and a reliever in big league camp this spring.
According to Sherman, the Yankees were interested in lefty relievers Jerry Blevins and Boone Logan, but didn’t want to commit at their asking prices. They are looking for a lefty set-up man along with Tommy Lane.
Niese, 30, pitched for the Pirates and Mets last season, finishing with a 5.50 ERA and an 88/47 K/BB ratio over 121 innings.