DENVER - Colorado Rockies' star outfielder Carlos Gonzalez will have surgery on the patella tendon in his left knee on Monday, the team announced on Twitter late Thursday.
The 28-year-old Gonzalez has been hobbled by painful tendinitis in that knee since last season. Our partners at The Denver Post reported earlier Thursday that he is likely done for the season after playing in just 70 games.
"The whole year has been a fight," Gonzalez said before the Rockies game against the Cincinnati Reds. "I don't think it can get any worse than this."
#Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez will have surgery on his left patella tendon on Monday. Will be performed by Dr. Tom Hackett
Gonzalez underwent an MRI Wednesday that revealed more damage to the knee than a previous test, the newspaper reported.
"(The MRI) did show some changes from his previous MRI on his patella tendon, meaning that it is getting worse," Rockies' trainer Keith Dugger told the Post. "The irritation to the area is a little worse off than it was when we did one earlier in the year."
Gonzalez's aching knee has bothered him acutely at times this season. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday.
According to Dugger, the Rockies explored a number of treatment options, including surgery or treatments such as plasma-rich platelets or stem-cell therapy.
The loss of CarGo comes after the Rockies announced Wednesday that another star, Troy Tulowitzki, will undergo season-ending surgery to repair a tear in his left hip labrum.