Gonzales was optioned to Triple-A Memphis following his spot start in Game 2 of a June 13 doubleheader with the Brewers, MLB.com reports.
With the Cardinals requiring a sixth starter last week in light of their packed schedule, Gonzales entered the rotation and was tagged for five runs on six hits over 3.1 innings in his season debut. Even if he had been lights-out during the appearance, Gonzales likely wouldn't have been in line to stick with the big club, so his demotion to the minors doesn't come as a surprise. The 25-year-old lefty has posted a 2.97 ERA and 28 strikeouts in 36.1 innings with Memphis this season.
Gonzales lasted only 3.1 innings in Tuesday's spot start against the Brewers, giving up five runs on six hits (three of them homers) and striking out two.
He didn't factor into the decision, and as the 26th man on the roster due to Tuesday's doubleheader, he's ticketed back to Triple-A, though the Cardinals haven't yet announced the move. Gonzales has looked decent in the minors this year, but the 25-year-old has yet to find much success in the big leagues.
Gonzales was called up from Triple-A Memphis to start Game 2 of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Brewers, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.
He is serving as the 26th man for the twin bill, meaning he will shuttled back to Memphis following the nightcap. The Brewers rank 13th in MLB with a 97 wRC+ against left-handed pitchers this season, so it is a middling matchup for Gonzales. He has a 3.26 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 24:9 K:BB in 30.1 innings at Triple-A this year. While he profiles as more of a No. 4 or No. 5 starter long term, his changeup is a filthy pitch that can allow him to get on a run when everything is clicking.
Gonzales will start the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Brewers, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.
With a doubleheader on tap for Tuesday's tilt against the Brewers, the Cardinals were pressed to bring in a pitcher for a spot start. Gonzales has found success with Triple-A Memphis this season, as he currently sports a 3.26 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 24:9 K:BB ratio over 30.1 innings. He'll face tough competition Tuesday, as the Brewers rank top 10 in the league against left-handing pitching with a .779 team OPS.
Gonzales (elbow) is ready to join Triple-A Memphis' starting rotation, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Gonzales has been throwing regularly in extended spring training for multiple weeks without setbacks, and allowed one earned run on two hits over six innings while recording seven strikeouts on May 7 for High-A Palm Beach against Lakeland. The 25-year-old southpaw last pitched in the majors for the Cardinals in 2015, making one start and compiling a 13.50 ERA over 2.2 innings. He's projected to be in line for multiple rehab appearances before his next step is determined.
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