Most people don't think of food when they have surgery.
Colorado Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez isn't most people.
He had visions of Cheetos jumping through his head. And shrimp.
Gonzalez had what trainer Keith Dugger described as a "fatty mass with tentacles" removed from his left index finger on Tuesday and could miss around five weeks, according to MLB.com.
When asked what the tumor, or cyst, looked like on Wednesday night, the two-time all-star gave an odd answer:
"It was something really creepy," Gonzalez told MLB.com:
"It might be a Cheeto, because I eat too many Cheetos. I'm glad it's gone and it's not in my finger anymore," he added.
I think we all would be. Doctors still aren't certain what the mass was, a pathology report will help determine that.
But it is clear that the mass was causing Gonzalez issues, causing swelling in the finger and forcing Gonzalez to miss time on three separate occasions:
"We're calling it a giant cell tumor -- it sounds scarier than it is," Dugger told MLB.com:
"Besides a cyst, it's probably the most common thing in a finger.
"But it had some branches off this little fatty mass that just didn't look right. We're not quite sure what it is. The one that comes off a little nerve, we're calling it a neuroma [a tumor, usually benign], and the other looks like possibly a blood vessel, a thrombosis that just kind of hardened up."
It's technical. It might be a little scary. But it's definitely not a Cheeto:
"I was really happy they took all that stuff out of my finger," Gonzalez said.
"Hopefully, I can feel better when I start making contact again, and not be afraid to just let the swing go."
It was another weird baseball injury, which the Rockies have seen plenty of this season. Fellow outfielder Michael Cuddyer fractured his shoulder socket diving for a ball, not a common baseball injury, and pitcher Brett Anderson broke a finger when he was batting and fouled a ball off the end of the bat:
"We just seem to have these ... I don't know how you can explain it, kind of freak-type incidents," Dugger told MLB.com.
"These are not our normal injuries. My counterparts and peers, we talk all the time. They're like, 'What is going on out there?'"
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