Gonzalez (side) will begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A Indianapolis on Saturday, Alex Stumpf of DKPittsburghSports.com reports.
Gonzalez said Tuesday that he was feeling "about 95 percent," and he'll return to game action for the first time since he was placed on the 10-day injured list July 2. The Pirates haven't announced a firm timetable for his return, but the 29-year-old could rejoin the big-league club as early as next week against the Brewers.
Gonzalez (side) said he's feeling "about 95 percent" on Tuesday and hopes to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Indianapolis by the end of the week, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports.
Gonzalez will take batting practice Wednesday and assess how he feels. If the 29-year-old does indeed head to Indianapolis late this week, a return during next week's series in Milwaukee would be realistic.
Gonzalez (side) has exceeded expectations and is ahead of schedule in his recovery, Kevin Gorman of TribLive.com reports.
Gonzalez was expected to miss 4-to-6 weeks after his placement on the injured list in early July, but he's progressed quickly in his recovery and has resumed taking grounders and playing catch up to 90 feet. The 29-year-old is expected to resume hitting in the near future, and a better idea of his return timetable could be revealed shortly thereafter.
Gonzalez (side) is expected to miss 4-to-6 weeks, Jake Crouse of MLB.com reports.
Although Pirates director of sports medicine Todd Tomczyk said Wednesday that Gonzalez was progressing faster than expected in his recovery, he'll still miss several weeks as a precaution. Wilmer Difo, Cole Tucker and Rodolfo Castro could see increased playing time while Gonzalez is sidelined, and the Pirates also signed Dee Strange-Gordon to a minor-league contract Wednesday.
Gonzalez (side) is progressing faster than expected in his recovery, Kevin Gorman of TribLive.com reports.
Gonzalez landed on the 10-day injured list with a right side injury Friday, but he's resumed running at 60 percent. The 29-year-old could be sidelined through the All-Star break, yet it appears he could return following a fairly brief stay on the injured list if he remains on track.
The Pirates placed Gonzalez (side) on the 10-day injured list Friday, Kevin Gorman of TribLive.com reports.
The infielder exited Thursday's game after suffering the injury. It's unclear how long Gonzalez will be sidelined, but Wilmer Difo, recalled Friday, will fill in for now on the Pirates' infield.
Gonzalez exited Thursday's game against the Brewers due to right side discomfort, Mike Persak of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Gonzalez left the game after apparently suffering the injury while running out a single. With Colin Moran (wrist) already sidelined, the Pirates will be shorthanded along the infield if Gonzalez is forced to miss any further action. Ben Gamel took over at first base, with Jared Oliva entering the contest in the outfield.
Gonzalez is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Dodgers, Kevin Gorman of TribLive.com reports.
Gonzalez's versatility has allowed him to hold down a near-everyday role for most of the season, but the recent returns of Ke'Bryan Hayes, Colin Moran and Phillip Evans from the injured list may have closed the 29-year-old's path to steady playing time. He'll be on the bench for a second straight game Wednesday.
Gonzalez isn't starting Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Rockies, Kevin Gorman of TribLive.com reports.
Gonzalez has gone 2-for-13 with a double, an RBI, a walk and two strikeouts across the last four games. Wilmer Difo will start at third base and bat sixth.
Gonzalez isn't starting Wednesday's game against the Cubs, Kevin Gorman of TribLive.com reports.
Gonzalez had gone hitless with a walk and a strikeout in seven at-bats across his last two games. Wilmer Difo will start at third base and bat seventh.
Gonzalez isn't in the lineup Wednesday against the Cardinals.
Gonzalez had gone 3-for-8 with an RBI and a strikeout across the last two contests. Wilmer Difo will take over at third base and bat seventh.
Gonzalez is not starting Friday against the Giants.
Gonzalez owns a .152/.152/.152 slash line over his last 11 games. Wilmer Difo will get the start at third base in his absence.
Gonzalez isn't starting Monday's game against the Reds.
Gonzalez had gone 3-for-13 with two runs and two strikeouts in the last three games. Wilmer Difo will take over at third base and bat sixth.
Gonzalez went 1-for-4 with a single, a stolen base, a run scored and a strikeout in a 2-1 win over San Diego on Tuesday.
Gonzalez singled, stole second and scored the Pirates' crucial second run on an Eric Hosmer error. It was Gonzalez's first steal of the year, and since he only has 10 in five seasons, he's not likely to be a viable source of steals moving forward.
Gonzalez went 1-for-5 with a two-run homer in Wednesday's 9-6 loss to Kansas City.
The infielder is hitting just .176 in his last six games after enjoying an offensive surge in the middle of April. Regardless, Gonzalez has been a valuable contributor to Pittsburgh's lineup, having homered twice and driven in 14 runs so far. The Pirates' lack of legitimate offensive depth will likely keep Gonzalez in the everyday mix going forward even if his production isn't overwhelming, but the 29-year-old has shown flashes of potential in the early going.
Gonzalez will start at third base and bat fifth Sunday against the Twins.
With Phillip Evans spending more time in the outfield following the Pirates' recent decisions to remove Dustin Fowler and Anthony Alford from the 40-man roster, Gonzalez has been able to pick up steady work in the infield. Gonzalez will be making his eighth consecutive start Sunday.
Gonzalez went a combined 2-for-6 with a double and two RBI in Wednesday's doubleheader against the Tigers.
He started at third base in Game 1 and then played shortstop in Game 2. After hitting just .118 in his first 17 at-bats, Gonzalez has slashed .353/.371/.500 in his last 35 plate appearances. The 29-year-old is batting .275 with one homer and 10 RBI overall, but if fantasy owners are ever going to consider using him, now is the time.
Gonzalez went 3-for-5 with a double, two RBI and a run scored in Tuesday's 8-4 win over the Pirates.
Gonzalez has been pretty quiet all year long aside from his grand slam against the Reds on April 7, so it was encouraging to see him have a productive day at the plate. He began the day with an RBI double in the first that nearly cleared the wall in center, then later tacked on an insurance run in the eighth. Gonzalez still hasn't done enough to warrant consideration in fantasy lineups, as Tuesday was his first multi-hit performance of the season and all six of his RBI have come in two games.
Gonzalez went 1-for-4 with a grand slam during Wednesday's 11-4 loss to the Reds.
The 29-year-old was 1-for-15 to open the season entering the ninth inning Wednesday, but he went deep with the bases loaded to prevent Cincinnati from notching a shutout. Gonzalez has started the past three games and could continue to see regular time across the diamond until Ke'Bryan Hayes (wrist) returns from the injured list.
Gonzalez will start at shortstop and bat fifth Wednesday against the Reds, Kevin Gorman of TribLive.com reports.
Though Gonzalez remains in the lineup for the third game in a row, his starts have coincided with at least one Pirates regular getting a maintenance day. As such, Gonzalez doesn't look to have a grasp on a full-time role, especially since he's gotten off to a 1-for-12 start to the season at the plate.
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