Brewers shortstop Alex Gonzalez had his ACL surgery this morning. In a surprise, the doctor announced afterward that it “was the least successful surgery ever. Really, I messed up. It’s a hot mess in that knee, and he would have been far better off with an amputation than the havoc I wreaked in that thing.”
Just kidding. It was successful. All surgeries are successful. No one ever says differently.
But it’s a serious injury, so Gonzalez is still toast for the season. And maybe forever? He’s 35 and can’t really hit anymore. His glove is still solid, but if he wants a job next year he’s going to have to show that he hasn’t lost any mobility due to the surgery.
Last night Cubs catcher Willson Contreras was placed on the injured list with a strained muscle in his right foot. That injury inspired the Cubs to go out and get another catcher. They acquired Martín Maldonado in a trade with Kansas City in exchange for lefty Mike Montgomery, in a deal that was announced after the Cubs loss to the Reds.
Maldonado, 32, was a Gold Glove winner in 2017 with the Angels. At the moment he’s hitting .227 with six homers and 17 RBIs in 74 games. Obviously, though, defense is his calling card, as he’s a .220 career hitter with 57 homers and 210 RBIs in 686 games.
Montgomery, 30, is 1-2 with a 5.67 ERA in 20 relief appearances for the Cubs this year. He’s heading back to where his pro career began. He was drafted by Kanas City in 2008, though he was traded away in the James Shields/Wade David/Wil Myers deal in 2012. He made his big league debut for Seattle in 2015. Dayton Moore said last night that the Royals plan to use Montgomery in the rotation as a replacement for Homer Bailey, who was dealt to Oakland on Sunday.