Health: that sums upCarlos Gonzalez
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Health: That sums up not only what kind of player Carlos Gonzalez has been over the years, but also what kind of player he could have been.
Gonzalez’s raw ability and talent is off the charts. His approach at the plate, and his swing is really fun to watch, but he can never stay on the field.
Since winning the N.L. batting title in 2010, he hasn’t played more than 135 games a season over the past three years, and he has only played in 180 of a possible 324 games.
Gonzalez was shut down last season after undergoing left-knee surgery, and he struggled with a finger injury early in 2014. If Gonzalez can stay healthy, he is a force in the middle of any teams lineup.
The problem is, nobody knows if he can, and when he is being paid $16 million this year, that is a major problem for the Rockies.