Carlos Gonzalez just isn’t himself.
As if we couldn’t tell already by watching him play, we now have heard it from the man himself. Those injuries, especially that knee tendinitis, are limiting what he can do on the baseball field in a significant way. Here is what CarGo had to say, as told to Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post:
“I love playing baseball. I love being out there,” the two-time all-star left fielder said. “I’m doing everything I can to stay in the lineup every day. But it’s tough, you know? I want to steal bases and make those diving plays in the outfield. But right now I’m just doing what I can to help the team win.”
“My knee has been killing me since Day One,” he said. “I don’t want to make excuses, but it has changed my game, the way I play.”
Gonzalez went on and explained that he does not believe a stint on the disabled list would be helpful because these are just the types of injuries you play through.
CarGo’s discomfort bears itself out in his performance thus far. His defense has been poor by his or any other standards. Acknowledging the shakiness of a small sample when it comes to these defensive metrics, it is still worth pointing out that CarGo has been
good bad for -5 defensive runs saved (DRS) so far, worst of the six outfielders. On the base paths, he has stolen only two bases.
As if that weren’t enough, CarGo had another early exit Tuesday night against the Diamondbacks. This was reportedly because of his finger and not his knee.
Carlos Gonzalez was removed for reaggravating that left index finger. It swelled up on him again…
— Nick Groke (@nickgroke) June 4, 2014
No matter what CarGo claims about the nature of these injuries, aren’t we reaching the point where he needs to go on the disabled list?
Time will tell, I suppose, but it is painful to watch the guy right now, mostly because of the fact that he is clearly in pain.