I’m not sure whether this is good news or bad news…but it’s news:

An examination of Reds shortstop Alex Gonzalez’s left knee on Saturday brought some positive news.

Gonzalez, who missed all of the 2008 season with a compression fracture that required surgery, is expected to be fully ready for the start of Spring Training in three weeks.

Reds medical director Dr. Tim Kremchek examined Gonzalez in Miami, Fla.

“Tim put Alex through a series of tests and agility drills and was very pleased with what he saw,” Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said in a statement released by the team. “We expect Alex to be ready to participate at 100 percent in all drills on Day 1 of Spring Training.”

Gonzalez’s defense was not as good as advertised before he got injured; I can’t imagine it will be better after all the trouble he’s been having. My fingers are crossed.