Gonzalez likely out for the season

July 29, 2004 at 9:26 PM

KANSAS CITY, Mo., July 29 (UPI) -- Kansas City General Manager Allard Baird said Thursday he did not believe outfielder Juan Gonzalez would play again this season.

Gonzalez has recently suffered symptoms of a lower back injury.

He was originally placed on the 15-day disabled list on May 21. Following a lengthy absence, Gonzalez appeared ready to play again.

But soreness returned while he was playing with a Kansas City farm team in Arizona last weekend.

Gonzalez was examined by a back specialist on Wednesday and the tests revealed a disc problem. He is batting .276 this year with five home runs and 17 RBI.

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