Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Gonzales to Be out about Three Weeks

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Gonzales to Be out about Three Weeks

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Lefthander Marco Gonzales, who is on the Class AAA Memphis roster, will be out an estimated three weeks, according to Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak, as the club deals with a shoulder impingement that has resurfaced for Gonzales.

Gonzales had an MRI exam Tuesday and Mozeliak said, "The good news is that there's no structural damage. But what we need to do is to re-think our strategy on getting strength back and his stability back."

Mozeliak said Gonzales would work with the Cardinals' medical staff for the next week to 10 days and then would be re-evaluated.

Gonzales, who was sidelined earlier in the season with a pectoral muscle issue, made three starts for Memphis after ostensibly recovering from that before having to go on the Memphis DL again.

But Mozelilak reiterated, "I think this is very good news because this is something that can be managed. There's probably a few things he needs to start doing in his daily routine to get him through this, and we'll make sure he understands that and is compliant with it.

"You need to calm (the irritation) down but you also need to strengthen around it," said Mozeliak, who added that Gonzales soon would receive a cortisone shot to help quiet the damaged area.

Gonzales, the Cardinals' top draft pick in 2013, was a postseason star in the bullpen last year, and he was 4-2 in the regular season. He is expected to remain in St. Louis for at least several days as his treatment program begins.

In his most recent start, Gonzales gave up just one run and struck out seven in six innings while throwing 84 pitches, but he hurt himself again throwing on the side a couple of days later.

"When he had that last outing, we were very encouraged that he was that depth we were looking for," said Mozelilak. "And now that's not there."

In any discussion of a potential six-man rotation, the Cardinals really don't have six right now. Mozeliak said, however, "We didn't envision necessarily going to a six-man (rotation). We talked about it but we never came up with the right solution."


Manager Mike Matheny rode closer Trevor Rosenthal for two innings Monday since he had pitched just once in a week (Sunday) before that. …

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