Troy Tulowitzki has already been shut down for the year with a torn hip labrum that requires surgery and it looks like the Rockies will also be without Carlos Gonzalez for the remainder of the season.
Gonzalez is on the disabled list with a knee injury and Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports that “the MRI revealed more damage than a previous test” and the outfielder “is likely done” for the year after playing just 70 games.
Gonzalez has been trying to play through knee soreness since last season and was placed on the disabled list over the weekend after hitting just .238 with a career-worst .723 OPS. He’s never played more than 145 games in a season, missing big chunks of time in each of the previous three years, but this is the first time Gonzalez’s production when in the lineup has also suffered.
He won the batting title in 2010 while finishing third in the MVP balloting and made the All-Star team in both 2012 and 2013. Prior to this year his OPS with the Rockies has never dipped below .875 and he’s also a three-time Gold Glove winner.
Oft-injured pitcher Josh Johnson is retiring from baseball, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick is reporting.
Johnson, 32, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2013. The right-hander underwent his third Tommy John surgery in September 2015 but wasn’t able to bounce back.
Johnson spent most of his career with the Marlins, but also pitched for the Blue Jays in the big leagues, as well as the Padres in the minors. He retires with a career 3.40 ERA, 915 strikeouts across 998 innings in the majors, and two All-Star nominations. Johnson led the National League with a 2.30 ERA in 2010, finishing fifth in NL Cy Young Award balloting. One wonders what he could have accomplished if he was able to stay healthy.
The Angels are nearing a multi-year deal with free agent third baseman Luis Valbuena, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports. It’s believed to be a two-year contract with a third-year option.
Valbuena, 31, hit .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances in 2016. He missed most of the second half with a hamstring injury, for which he underwent surgery in late August.
Valbuena has played a majority of his career at third base, but also has extensive experience at second base and has racked up innings at first base and shortstop as well. He won’t play every day for the Angels, as Yunel Escobar lays claim to third base and C.J. Cron first base, but he will give them flexibility and a left-handed bat off the bench.