- Texas man arrested for powder-letter hoax
- Islamic State opens ‘marriage bureau’ for single jihadists
- Drone almost blocks California firefighting planes
- Tornado rips off roofs, downs trees near Boston
- GOP: Environmental rules keeping agents from accessing border
- John Kerry: Millions displaced by religious fighting in 2013
- Federal appeals court rules against Virginia’s gay marriage ban
- White House says Russia ‘losing’ war in Ukraine
- Hamas turns to North Korea for weapons deal, Iran for money
- Syrian casualties surge as jihadis consolidate
Gio Gonzalez to DL with shoulder problem
Question of the Day
Gio Gonzalez is going on the disabled list for the first time in his career, the latest injury blow to a Nationals team that already featured a DL loaded with stars.
The Nats put Gonzalez on the DL Sunday morning with left shoulder inflammation a day after he was knocked around by the Mets. Washington recalled reliever Ryan Mattheus before Sunday’s series finale against New York and but has yet to determine who will step into the rotation in the left-hander’s place.
General manager Mike Rizzo said before Sunday’s game that Gonzalez was having an MRI arthrogram on his shoulder — a more detailed process than a normal MRI that involves dye being injected into the affected area. Because Gonzalez isn’t allowed to throw for five days after the procedure, the Nats decided to play it safe and shut him down for two weeks even before receiving the results of the MRI.
“Approximately a month or so ago we pushed him back a start because he had a little soreness then, and felt better throughout the starts,” Rizzo said. “Yesterday after the game he complained that it was barking a little bit, it was a little bit beyond normal soreness for him after a game.”
Still, Gonzalez has been hit hard in consecutive starts, his worst back-to-back performances since arriving in Washington. For the season, he’s 3-4 with a 4.62 ERA — not great numbers. As a guy known for his durability, though, not being able to take the mound at all for at least two weeks figures to be the biggest blow for Gonzalez.
“I talked to him late last night and he was bummed out a little bit, depressed, but that’s his personality,” Rizzo said. “He wants to help the ballclub, he’s a great team guy, and he knows that if he misses any kind of time, he’s a vital part of this club. He’s never been on the DL before, so this is something that’s new to him.”
But not to his team. Gonzalez joins a Nationals disabled list that already features Bryce Harper, Ryan Zimmerman and Adam LaRoche.
© Copyright 2014 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.
About the Author
Marc Lancaster is the sports editor at The Washington Times. He has covered Major League Baseball for the Tampa Tribune and the Cincinnati Post and served as an editor at FanHouse.com and SportsIllustrated.com. A University of Georgia graduate, he began his career as a sportswriter at the Athens (Ga.) Banner-Herald. He can be reached at email@example.com.
- DeAngelo Hall confident in place among best NFL corners
- Redskins training camp: Mike Caussin thrilled to join hometown team
- Ryan Zimmerman has 'pretty substantial' hamstring strain
- Most popular MLB player jerseys: Bryce Harper at career low
- John McCain: I'd drop Redskins nickname if I owned team
Latest Blog Entries
- White House says Russia 'losing' war in Ukraine
- Hillary Clinton: Forget Obama, George W. Bush made her 'proud to be an American'
- EPSTEIN: All IRS roads lead to the archivist
- HAYDEN: Intelligence, evidence and the case against Russia
- D.C. seeks to stay judge's order allowing gun owners to carry in public
- Border surge puts Obama legacy on immigration at stake
- Tactical advantage: Russian military shows off impressive new gear
- KUHNER: Will Russia-Ukraine be Europe's next war?
- Illegal immigrants demand representation in White House meetings
- 'Pocket drones': U.S. Army developing tiny spies for the next big war
Obama's biggest White House 'fails'
Celebrities turned politicians
Athletes turned actors
20 gadgets that changed the world
Fighting in Iraq