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Carlos Gonzalez left Friday's game with knee soreness, but per a Rockies beat writer on Twitter, he is "OK." (Source: Thomas Harding on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It begins. Carlos Gonzalez is one of the most valuable fantasy baseball contributors when he's healthy, but health is a major concern with CarGo. In seven years, he's maxed out at 145 games played, and has missed at least 50 games each of the last two seasons. Injury concerns have already sapped his draft-day value, and this latest scare may create a buying opportunity for owners.

 

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Carlos Gonzalez hitless

Mon, Mar 23rd 10:47pm EDT
By Kyle Smith

Carlos Gonzalez has been scorching at the plate so far this spring. However this was not the case against the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday. Gonzalez went 0-3 at the plate striking out once and leaving four runners on base.

Fantasy Impact: Despite the 0-3 game, Gonzalez is still batting .364 at the plate. The key thing is that he appears to be healthy and fully ready to get the season started. You should still be cautious of drafting him as he is one of the most injury prone hitters in baseball. If you do select him, the smart thing to do would be to add a good replacement in case he does get injured.

 

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Carlos Gonzalez explained his strategy against "the shift" that more and more pull hitters are having to deal with. With Tulo following him in the lineup, Cargo plans to lay more bunts down when the SS is hot to get on base for him. He also plans to use the open opposite field situationally, such as when the wind blows in from right field in San Francisco, or when Clayton Kershaw is pitching, etc. (Source: MLB.com)

Fantasy Impact: It sounds good on paper and it could give Cargo's BA a boost if he can execute it, but the last thing you want is to see Cargo get taken out of his game. That game is power and driving in runs, which he does exceptionally when healthy.

 

Carlos Gonzalez took the field on Monday for the first time this spring. He went 0-1 at the plate with a walk.

Fantasy Impact: Both Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki saw their first action today. Health has been an issue over the past few seasons for Gonzalez and the Rockies hope he can stay on the field. When he is healthy, Gonzalez is one of the best hitters in baseball. Approach him with caution in your fantasy drafts and don't overpay for his potential.

 

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Carlos Gonzalez ran bases for the first time this spring on Monday morning. (Source: Nick Groke on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Gonzalez is returning from a torn patellar tendon in his left knee which required surgery in August. This is a big step in Gonzalez' recovery process as he is projected to be ready for opening day. When healthy, Gonzalez has provided elite fantasy numbers, however, health has not been there for Gonzalez for some time. Draft him with caution.

 

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Gonzalez was limited to just 70 games last season before undergoing surgery in August to repair the patella tendon in his left knee. Gonzalez announced on his Twitter and Instagram that he had been cleared to hit. (Source: Colorado Rockies)

Fantasy Impact: It is no secret that Gonzalez is one of the best left-handed bats in baseball when he is healthy. He has averaged 27 homers in just 130 games per season between 2010-2013. As long as he continues to hit at Coors Field and is paired with Troy Tulowitzki, his run production should remain at an elite level. Still, be wary of investing anything more than a 3rd round draft pick in Gonzalez, due to his health concerns.