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Report: Rockies to decide soon if Carlos Gonzalez will return this year

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The Colorado Rockies will decide soon whether or not outfielder Carlos Gonzalez will be available for the remainder of the season, after an MRI on his left knee showed more damage than a previous scan, reports Thomas Harding of MLB.com.

Gonzalez has battled left knee tendinitis for the past year, and he was placed on the 15-day disabled list last week.

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This continues Gonzalez’s injured-plagued season. He missed 35 games after surgery to remove a benign tumor from his left index finger.

Gonzalez could be shut down for the rest of the year as the team considers options for him, which could include surgery or stem-cell therapy treatment.

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"It did show some changes from his previous MRI on his patella tendon, meaning that it is getting worse," Rockies head athletic trainer Keith Dugger said. "The irritation to the area is a little worse off than it was when we did one earlier in the year." 

Gonzalez is hitting .238 with 11 home runs and 38 RBI in 70 games this season for Colorado, which has the worst record in baseball at 46-74.

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