Gonzales (elbow) said he's stretched his throwing distance out to 90 feet, MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch reports.
Gonzales underwent Tommy John surgery last April and was sidelined for the entire 2016 season, but is hopeful that he'll be back on the mound for the start of spring training. The Cardinals will likely be extremely cautious with the 24-year-old coming off a major procedure, but if his recovery process goes as anticipated, Gonzales could be facing hitters by the end of camp. Given the year-long layoff, Gonzales figures to open the season in the minor-league ranks before potentially vying for a rotation spot with the big club later in the campaign.
Marco Gonzales (elbow) will require Tommy John surgery and he is out for the season, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Gonzales had some soreness crop up in his pitching elbow late in spring training, and it was announced last week that he'd need to miss the beginning of the minor league season. After getting a second opinion on his elbow from team doctors, it was decided that Gonzales would need Tommy John surgery. He will miss the remainder of the 2016 season and is unlikely to be back on a mound until the second half of the 2017 campaign.
Marco Gonzales may need surgery on his ailing left elbow, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Gonzales began experiencing discomfort several weeks ago and the problem does not appear to be going away. It would certainly be a tough break for the talented 24-year-old.
Marco Gonzales will miss the beginning of the minor league season due to a left elbow injury and is scheduled to get a second opinion over the next couple days, MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch reports.
He apparently began feeling discomfort two or three weeks ago, and it appears to be unrelated to a shoulder injury that limited him last year. The fact that he has already seen the St. Louis Cardinals ' team doctor and is seeking a second opinion is not a good sign. Should Gonzales miss significant time, Tim Cooney would be the next starting pitcher in line to see a promotion from Triple-A when the Cardinals have a need. The exact nature of Gonzales' injury should be clear later this week.
Marco Gonzales was optioned to Triple-A on Monday, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
The St. Louis Cardinals simply don't have room for Gonzales in the rotation to start the season, but he'll be a candidate to receive a call up in the event of an injury or performance drop-off. Gonzales made 18 starts across multiple minor league levels last season and posted a cumulative 4.69 ERA with a 1.562 WHIP across 80.2 innings.
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