Alex Gonzalez is making his return to the Reds lineup today against the Netherlands. He’s playing DH. I can’t see any way this guy will be ready for Opening Day after being injured for the last six seasons (or so it seems). I wish Gonzo the best, but I would not be surprised if his knee exploded while rounding first base at some point. He’s just had so many problems.

Meanwhile, Dusty Baker thinks highly of Gonzalez:

“A very good player,” Baker said. “I talked to people in Boston, talked to people in Florida, they told he’s one of the best they’ve ever seen. That is huge coming out of the shortstop position. They’re involved in almost every play.”

“Not to mention, that he’s another offensive threat. He’s a guy with power, a guy who can move the ball around.”

I don’t even know what to say about that.

2 Responses

  1. per14

    “A guy who can move the ball around.”

    What in Johnny Bench’s name can that possibly mean?

  2. Mark in CC

    Gonzo is the key to the success of the team. If he can perform 5 times a week at his career average numbers on offense and defense the whole team is stronger. The guy has had nothing but bad luck with the Reds. Two lost seasons to injuries and a sick child.

    He should be strong, spending a year rehabbing, have fresh legs and with this being his contract year a strong motivation.

    His play allows everyone else to get back to the roles where they perform the best. Keppinger can be a utility guy and a strong bat off the bench. Hairston can be in the outfield and at backup at second base. The bench could be a positive rather than a below average negative.