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.
Royals’ Opening Day starter Danny Duffy weathered a minor scare during Saturday’s Cactus League game against the Diamondbacks. The left-hander was removed from his final spring training start after experiencing some left shoulder tightness in the second and third innings. No lasting damage appears to have been done — Duffy told reporters that he simply felt a slight ache, nothing more — and it looks like he’ll remain on track to open the season with the team next Thursday.
The 29-year-old southpaw is coming off one of his best performances to date. Despite losing a few weeks to an oblique strain and elbow soreness, he went 9-10 in 24 starts and finished the 2017 season with a 3.81 ERA, 2.5 BB/9 and 8.0 SO/9 over 146 1/3 innings. While Duffy entered camp with a clean bill of health, he struggled to execute against his spring training opponents and racked up 13 runs, four homers, seven walks and 11 strikeouts in 13 innings of Cactus League play.
The Royals are scheduled to kick off their home opener against the White Sox on Thursday, March 29 at 4:15 PM ET. Barring any further complications with his shoulder, Duffy will take the mound for the Royals, while James Shields is expected to make his first Opening Day appearance for the White Sox.