Carlos Gonzalez Likely Facing Finger Surgery

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Carlos Gonzalez is one of the most productive players a fantasy owner can draft for any format you play in. The problem has been for Cargo and continues to be his inability to stay healthy and on the field. When he was not on the disabled list this season, Gonzalez batted .302 with 26 home runs and 70 RBI in 109 games played. But he has been dealing with a right middle finger injury for months and the Rockies outfielder announced this weekend that he won’t swing another bat this year. Gonzalez will travel to Cleveland this week to visit another hand specialist and if surgery is recommended, which is what an Arizona hand specialist already recommended, Cargo will have the surgery. Fantasy owners that were hoping to get Cargo back for the final 14 days of the season can only wave good-bye to one of the most productive offensive players in the game.

NEWS & NOTES

  • Clay Buchholz gave up  just one unearned run over six innings on Sunday against the Yankees. Buchholz improved to 11-0 with a 1.51 ERA in 14 starts this year.
  • Yoenis Cespedes is scheduled to undergo an MRI on his sore shoulder Monday. Cespedes was scratched from Sunday's game due to soreness in his right shoulder and the A's want to be sure that there is no structural damage. Consider him day-to-day until we learn more.
  • Paul Goldschmidt went 4-for-4 with a homer, double and five RBI in another huge fantasy day in the D'Backs defeated the Rockies 8-2.Goldy  is now batting .301 with 32 homers, 114 RBI and 14 stolen bases on the season.
  • Ernesto Frieri earned his 34th save on Sunday. He has allowed just one run since August 7 and he's converted his last nine save opportunities.
  • Wilson Ramos went 4-for-4 with a homer and five RBI on Sunday against the Phillies. Ramos has homered in three of his last four games and six of his last 12 games and should be drafted in all formats next year.
  • Matt Kemp could be activated from the disabled list today. He will work out with the Dodgers in Phoenix today, and if everything goes well he'll be activated for Monday's game against the Diamondbacks. With Andre Ethier and Yasiel Puig a bit banged up, this is a good time to get Kemp back in the lineup.
  • Jarrod Parker could start for the Athletics in Monday's series opener against the Angels. Parker was scratched from his scheduled start on Sunday due to an illness.
  • Jerome Williams threw seven solid innings as he gave up just one run and struck out three in a win Sunday versus the Astros. Williams got 15 ground ball outs in this one which is the key to his success. He'll face the Mariners in his next start.
  • Dexter Fowler (knee) will test his injured knee on Monday and could return to the lineup for the Rockies against the Cardinals tonight.
  • Todd Helton announced his retirement at the end of the season after 17 years with the Colorado Rockies.