TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State’s Justin Gonzalez will the miss the rest of the 2013 season as the senior shortstop underwent surgery on his right hip. A full recovery is expected following six to eight months of rehabilitation.
“To lose Justin Gonzalez, a three-year starter and our captain is obviously a difficult pill to swallow,” said head coach Mike Martin. “But knowing that Justin will be there for his teammates is an inspiration and is gratifying to me as a coach.
“I am deeply saddened that he will not be on the field but I am very grateful to have him in our presence for the rest of the season.”
Gonzalez made just five starts in 2013 before suffering the season ending injury. The Miami, Fla., native hit .278 with a triple and two home runs as he registered five runs and five RBI. Gonzalez was perfect from the field in 16 fielding chances at shortstop.
“Obviously, none of this was planned,” said Gonzalez. “It breaks my heart that I had to go through with the surgery. After meeting with doctors out in Colorado, there was no other option than to have the surgery.
“As far as baseball is concerned, I had to look at the long-term rather than the short-term. I will still serve as captain this year but it will just be in a different role. I plan on being there to motivate and support my teammates throughout the season. There is one thing I know, I will be back; it will only be a matter of time.”
Gonzalez entered the season as the Seminoles top returning hitter from last year’s squad that advanced to the College World Series and finished fourth. Gonzalez hit .256 in 2012 with nine home runs, 11 doubles, 42 RBI, and 42 runs scored.
Florida State will seek a medical redshirt for Gonzalez and is expected to return for the 2014 season.