Once viewed as a top pitching prospect in the Rangers' farm system, Chi Chi Gonzalez has fallen on hard times since submitting a 3.90 ERA over 67 innings with Texas in 2015. Gonzalez had maneuvered around poor strikeout and walk rates at every stop of his career to that point, but the shaky command caught up with him in 2016, resulting in the right-hander languishing at Triple-A Round Rock for most of that season. He never received the chance to rebound from that setback to his development, as he suffered a partial UCL tear last spring that ultimately required Tommy John surgery in July. With Gonzalez set to spend the entire 2018 campaign rehabbing, the organization elected to remove him from the 40-man roster in December. The Rangers subsequently re-signed him to a minor-league deal in order to monitor his recovery, but it's hard to imagine Gonzalez resurfacing as even a back-end rotation piece for the Rangers or any other big club once he's healthy again in 2019.
Gonzalez (elbow) signed a minor-league contract with the Rangers on Monday. The deal includes an invitation to spring training, but Gonzalez isn't expected to be recovered in time to participate after undergoing Tommy John surgery in August. The 2013 first-round pick has struggled during his brief time in the majors, compiling a 5.06 FIP and 37:41 K:BB across 77.1 innings.
The Rangers declined to tender Gonzalez (elbow) a contract for 2018. Gonzalez was hoping PRP treatments plus rest and rehab would cure his UCL injury, but they did not, and he ultimately underwent Tommy John surgery in the summer. While the right-hander had some pedigree and a name as a prospect, he averaged just 4.3 K/9 in 17 total big-league appearances before hitting the shelf.
Gonzalez (elbow) was reinstated from the 60-day disabled list Monday, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. Gonzalez -- who missed all of 2017 with a partially torn UCL -- is set to miss a good chunk (if not all) of 2018 after undergoing Tommy John surgery in July. The 25-year-old initially opted to treat his partially torn UCL with non-surgical methods, but turned to surgery after he failed to improve.
Gonzalez (elbow) is rehabbing in Arlington after undergoing Tommy John surgery last month, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. Gonzalez will miss the entire 2017 season, and possibly all of 2018 as well, after suffering a partial UCL tear in spring training and failing to recover from the injury using non-surgical means. The right-hander will begin the long road to recovery, with the hopes of returning some time closer to next year's homestretch.
Gonzalez (elbow) will undergo Tommy John surgery next week after experiencing a setback in his recovery, Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. Reports from earlier in the season suggested that his injured UCL was healing thanks to a number of PRP injections, but apparently things changed in the last week. Gonzalez will now be sidelined for the rest of this season and quite possibly all of 2018 as well after going through with the major surgery.
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