Brewers' Alex Gonzalez Suffers Knee Injury

Alex Gonzalez of the Milwaukee Brewers is helped off the field by manager Ron Roenicke and trainer Frank Neville after he was hit in the head with the ball while stealing second base in the second inning against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on May 5, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

The Brewers shortstop is headed for an MRI after leaving Saturday's game with a knee injury.

During the Brewers' Saturday afternoon game against the Giants at San Francisco, their shortstop Alex Gonzalez made a hard slide in the second inning and was injured. Brewers beat writer Tom Haudricourt describes what happened:

The Brewers are having one of the worst injury-filled road trips I can remember. After Alex Gonzalez singles in a run, he steals second but turns his right ankle badly on the bag and has to be helped off the field. Either a bad ankle or knee injury, it appeared. Stay tuned.

It's the fourth consecutive game in which a Brewers player exited with an injury -- Mat Gamel (ACL tear), Ryan Braun (inflamed Achilles tendon), Carlos Gomez (hamstring strain) and now Gonzalez.

It turned out to be a knee:

The Brewers just announced that shortstop Alex Gonzalez has a right knee injury, the result of that hard slide into second base in the second inning. Gonzalez is going for an MRI, which means there is a suspicion of a structural injury. Doesn't sound good for player or club.

Cesar Izturis took Gonzalez's place in the lineup, but it's unlikely the Brewers would want to go long-term with Izturis as the starter if Gonzalez is out for an extended period.

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