As speculated Thursday, Carlos Gonzalez has been forced onto the disabled list after aggravating his right wrist during a swing against the Braves.
The Rockies called up Eric Young Jr. to replace him Friday.
An MRI Thursday detected inflamed ligaments in the wrist, and though Gonzalez had mostly been able to play through the soreness since injuring the wrist running into an outfield wall on July 3, the decision was made to try to get him healthy now.
With the Rockies having fallen 10 games back of the Giants in the NL West, this seems like a good of time as any to raise the white flag. Gonzalez had been the team’s best player over the last three months, having hit .312 with 14 homers and 50 runs scored in 250 at-bats since the end of April. Now his at-bats are set to go to Ryan Spilborghs, Ty Wigginton, Ian Stewart and Young.
Young spent about five weeks in the majors before being sent down at the beginning of the month, hitting .229 with no extra-base hits and just two walks in 48 at-bats.
The Kansas City Star has covered the death of Yordano Ventura and its aftermath in a thorough, thoughtful, respectful and admirable fashion and it has all been compelling to read, even if it’s often been difficult to read. Their latest story may be the most difficult, though it is nonetheless essential.
It covers the final year of Ventura’s life which, sadly, was tumultuous. He had become estranged from his family. He was married to a woman who, at the time of the ceremony, was still married to her first husband and whose family, allegedly, later made threats against Ventura that we’re only now learning about. This includes allegations of armed men accosting Ventura at his home near the Royals spring training facility a year ago. An incident which led to him missing time due to “flulike symptoms,” but which, in reality, caused him considerable mental distress. He was again threatened, it is claimed, in Kansas City during the season. There is also an allegation that Ventura attempted suicide via an overdose of Benadryl, though that is disputed.
Beyond that, there is an arc to the end of Ventura’s life which sounds unfortunately familiar. It’s a story of a young man whose life changed dramatically in a very, very short period of time and who struggled at times to process the changes. Were it not for a fateful drive on a dark and winding road one night in late January, they all could’ve been things that, as his career matured, he could look back on as learning experiences. Now that he’s gone, however, they form the final, tragic chapter.
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.