Carlos Gonzalez to undergo exploratory surgery on left index finger

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Carlos Gonzalez was placed on the 15-day disabled list last week due to nagging injury to his left index finger. It looks like he’s not going to be back in the Rockies’ lineup for a while:

We should have some clarity on a potential timeline for his return after the surgery is complete, but it’s another blow for a team which has lost 13 out of their last 16 games and now sit at 29-33 on the year. The Rockies have also lost Nolan Arenado, Jordan Lyles, Michael Cuddyer, and Eddie Butler in recent weeks. They might not see .500 again this season.

Gonzalez, 28, was batting .255/.307/.449 with eight home runs and 31 RBI over 52 games prior to landing on the disabled list last week. With Gonzalez and Cuddyer both sidelined, the Rockies will likely go with Charlie Blackmon, Corey Dickerson, and Drew Stubbs as regulars in their outfield.

Japanese Baseball to begin June 19

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Japanese League commissioner Atsushi Saito announced that Japan’s professional baseball season will open on June 19. Teams can being practice games on June 2. There will be no fans. Indeed, the league has not yet even begun to seriously discuss a plan for fans to begin attending games, though that may happen eventually.

The season will begin three months after its originally scheduled opening day of March 20. It will be 120 games long. Teams in each six-team league — the Central League and Pacific League — will play 24 games against each league opponent. There will be no interleague play and no all-star game.

The announcement came in the wake of a national state of emergency being lifted for both Tokyo and the island of Hokkaido. The rest of the country emerged from the state of emergency earlier this month. This will allow the Japanese leagues to follow leagues in South Korea and Taiwan which have been playing for several weeks.

In the United States, Major League Baseball is hoping to resume spring training in mid June before launching a shortened regular season in early July. That plan is contingent on the league and the players’ union coming to an agreement on both financial arrangements and safety protocols for a 2020 season. Negotiations on both are ongoing. Major League Baseball will, reportedly, make a formal proposal about player compensation tomorrow.