Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez has dealt with a number of injuries in recent years, and on Friday night he added an emergency appendectomy to the list. The former batting champ is currently recovering and in stable condition after undergoing the procedure last night.
Carlos González was operated for appendicitis last night in Denver, presented a strong stomach pain and went to the emergency...— Car Go (@CarGoMedia5) January 11, 2014
Luckily CarGo is recovering and is stable now.— Car Go (@CarGoMedia5) January 11, 2014
The recovery time for an appendectomy seems to vary from patient to patient. Matt Holliday and Andres Torres both missed roughly two weeks due to an appendectomy in recent years while others like Corey Hart, Tim Stauffer and Aaron Harang missed upwards of two months.
Given the timing of the injury, it appears CarGo will be recovered and ready in time for opening day, even if he does miss close to two full months. Spring training doesn't open for another month and even then position players don't need the full seven weeks of camp to prepare. Most guys say they're ready after 50 at-bats or so.
Gonzalez, 28, hit .302/.367/.591 (144 OPS+) with 26 home runs and 21 stolen bases in 110 games last season while missing time with a finger sprain. He has played in only 372 of 486 possible games due to various injuries over the last three years, including hamstring and wrist problems.