Gonzalez (foot) signed a one-year, $725,000 contract with the Pirates on Monday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports. Gonzalez underwent surgery in mid-November after suffering a fractured left foot while suiting up in the Dominican Winter League, but that hasn't prevented him from receiving a one-year deal to stay in Pittsburgh. The utility man played in 53 games a season ago and hit .254 with one home run, six RBI and four stolen bases.
Gonzalez suffered a fractured left foot while playing in the Dominican Winter League last weekend and underwent surgery Wednesday, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports. Although the injury will limit Gonzalez's work to start the offseason, the team said that he should resume full baseball activities in 10-to-12 weeks. Barring any setbacks, the 28-year-old should be ready to go for spring training as he looks to build on a season in which he hit .254/.301/.317 with one home run over 53 games.
Gonzalez went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in a 9-2 victory against the Cubs on Tuesday. It's been a rough year for Gonzalez, who began the season in April with a broken collarbone after a collision on a flyball. Largely because of that, Gonzalez has only played in 48 games and this was his first home run of the year. Better late than never. He is batting .236 with five extra-base hits, four RBI, 13 runs and four steals in 123 at-bats this season.
Gonzalez will start at shortstop and bat eighth Sunday against the Rockies. Gonzalez will crack the lineup for the first time in seven games while everyday shortstop Kevin Newman checks out of the lineup. Since returning from the 60-day injured list Aug. 2, Gonzalez has gone 6-for-32 while reaching base at a .212 clip.
Gonzalez (collarbone) was activated off the 60-day injured list Friday, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports. Gonzalez has been out since fracturing his clavicle back in mid-April. He'll fill a bench role now that he's healthy. With a career .256/.293/.374 slash line over parts of four seasons, he's not a particularly interesting fantasy option even if injuries open up unexpected playing time.