The Milwaukee Brewers‘ quest to repeat as National League Central champions just became a whole lot more difficult.
In the second inning of their 5-2 loss to the San Francisco Giants Saturday afternoon, newly acquired 35-year-old free-agent shortstop Alex Gonzalez appeared to have badly injured his right ankle while attempting to steal second after singling in a run off Giants hurler Madison Bumgarner. Gonzalez’s basepath snafu now marks the fourth straight game where a Brewers regular has exited with an injury.
Brewers beat writer Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that the Brewers plan to place Gonzalez on the 15-day disabled list via his Twitter page earlier today, saying:
In 88 plate appearances this season, Gonzalez has posted a .250/.318/.450 line with four home runs an 14 runs batted in, ranking third only to left-fielder Ryan Braun and right-fielder Corey Hart with 36 total bases. General manager Doug Melvin inked Gonzalez to a one-year, $4.25 millon 2012 contract with a vesting $4 million option hoping he’d help to shore up Milwaukee’s porous infield from a season ago, though he’s been a shell of his former self defensively this season, garnering just a .969 fielding percent and 4.42 range factor thus far.
It has been announced that the Brewers have selected the contracts of 30-year-old journeyman shortstop Edwin Maysonet and 25-year-old infielding prospect Taylor Green from AAA Nashville to fill the void left behind from Gonzalez’s injury. More details to come regarding the story in the subsequent hours.