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.
Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports that the Giants were “sniffing around” on Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco at the recently completed Winter Meetings.
Franco, 25, would be a nice buy-low candidate for the Giants, who don’t have a reliable third baseman yet. Currently, Pablo Sandoval would get the lion’s share of starts at the hot corner. Franco was a consensus top-100 prospect going into the 2014 and ’15 seasons, but hasn’t lived up to the hype over the last two seasons. In 2017, he hit .230/.281/.409 with 24 home runs and 76 RBI in 623 plate appearances.
Moving Franco wouldn’t necessarily solve any problems for the Phillies. After signing first baseman Carlos Santana, Rhys Hoskins is expected to play in the outfield full-time. As a result, the Phillies have too many outfielders with Odubel Herrera, Nick Williams, and Aaron Altherr. Technically, the Phillies could move Santana to third base as he has experience there, but he hasn’t played the hot corner since 2014.
Franco is arbitration eligible over the next four seasons, which might be the most attractive thing about him to other teams.