Gonzalez to sit out this year after knee surgery

CINCINNATI — Reds shortstop Alex Gonzalez had surgery on his left knee Monday, ending his season before he got to play a single game.

Team medical director Dr. Timothy Kremcheck performed the one-hour surgery and said Gonzalez could be ready for spring training next year.

Gonzalez, 31, sustained a compression fracture at the start of spring training in February.

Cincinnati signed Gonzalez to a $14 million, three-year deal before last season. He missed 28 games in 2007 while attending to his ailing son and ended up batting .272 with 16 homers and 55 RBI.

Reds outfielder Norris Hopper is scheduled for surgery Tuesday to repair a torn ligament in his right elbow.