The Cardinals have optioned left-hander Marco Gonzales back to Triple-A Memphis on Wednesday. Gonzales started for the Cardinals on Tuesday, giving up four runs in just 2 2/3 innings. It's likely he'll be back up with the team before the end of the season.
The good news for Cardinals starter Marco Gonzales was that he did not lose Tuesday night against Washington. The bad news was everything else. Gonzales was mashed in his first start of the season to the tune of four runs on seven hits in 2 2/3 innings. He walked one and whiffed one. He allowed only a walk and single in the first two innings, then the proverbial roof caved in. Two singles and an Anthony Rendon double scored two runs in the third and Ryan Zimmerman put the cherry on top with a tater two batters later. Two hits after that and he was out of the game. Gonzales opens the season with a 13.50 ERA.
The Cardinals have officially recalled left-hander Marco Gonzales from Triple-A Memphis. Gonzales will start Tuesday's game against the Nationals, making his season debut for the Cards. In 2014, the rookie pitcher went 4-2 with a 4.15 ERA in 10 appearances (five starts). He's dealt with injuries this season, and posted a 4.42 ERA in 17 starts across three levels of the Cardinals' minor league system in 2015. Joining Gonzales from Memphis are right-hander Mitch Harris and catcher Cody Stanley .
Cardinals right-hander Carlos Martinez will not make his next scheduled start on Tuesday. Martinez is dealing with a back issue that will cause him to be skipped this time through the rotation. The Cardinals have not said when Martinez is expected to take the mound next. Marco Gonzales will replace him for Tuesday's matchup with the Nationals, reports MLB.com.
Cardinals southpaw Marco Gonzales was happy with his first rehab appearance Frday for Class A Palm Beach. Gonzales, who has been dealing with a shoulder impingement and a pectoral injury, pitched 2 2/3 shutout innings and allowed four hits. He walked none and fanned one. His focus was on fastball command. "It was a good start for me and I think that moving forward I can mix in some other off-speed but my main focus was location of fastball," he told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "... The most important thing is I wasn't trying to force it. I wasn't trying to throw hard and it was coming out low-90s, which is good. ... There was no pressure. There was no pain." Gonzales has yet to pitch in the big leagues this season.