Gonzales (calf) will make his next scheduled start Sunday against the White Sox, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports. Gonzalez took a line drive off his left calf in his final start before the All-Star break July 11 against the Angels, but he remained in the game and picked up his 10th win while tossing seven scoreless innings. With a full 10 days off to heal up, Gonzales shouldn't face any restrictions in his return to the mound and looks like a solid play in most fantasy formats as he takes on a White Sox offense that has the second-highest strikeout rate (25.5 percent) in the majors this season.
Gonzales was seen icing his left calf in the clubhouse following Wednesday's shutout win over the Angels, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. The left-hander sustained the injury when he took a liner off the left leg in the fourth inning of his stellar outing. Gonzales downplayed the situation, confirming he would have been able to make his next scheduled start if the All-Star break wasn't next week. He'll now have plenty of extra time to recuperate due to the Midsummer Classic, and Johns also reports that manager Scott Servais is likely to delay Gonzales' first second-half start for several days after the layoff.
Gonzales (10-5) tossed seven shutout innings and allowed just two hits and struck out four in a win Wednesday over the Angels. Gonzalez will go into the break riding a hot streak with quality start victories in each of his final three starts of the first half. He induced only three swinging strikes all night, but he was successful regardless thanks to his pinpoint control. For the fifth time in 19 starts, Gonzales didn't walk a single batter. He'll take a 1.8 BB/9 and a 3.41 ERA into the All-Star break of what has easily been the best season of his young career.
Gonzales, who's already tossed 100.1 frames across 17 starts this season, may have his innings managed in the second half of the season, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. While manager Scott Servais wouldn't commit to any type of innings limit on Gonzales, he did acknowledge that there's a possibility the team will deploy a six-man rotation in August. That would allow Gonzales -- as well as veterans such as Felix Hernandez and Mike Leake -- to go longer between starts during the season's stretch run. The main reason for discussions concerning limiting Gonzales' workload is due to the fact that he's in the midst of his first full season following 2016 Tommy John surgery, and because he's already close to exceeding the 126.1 frames he worked between the minors and the Mariners in 2017. Christian Bergman, who's currently in Triple-A Tacoma, and long reliever Roenis Elias are two candidates to fill in at the back end of the rotation later this summer if necessary.
Gonzales (8-5) got a complete-game victory against the Royals on Friday, giving up six hits and striking out seven with no walks while allowing one earned run in Seattle's 4-1 victory. Gonzales was tantalizingly close to making this a shutout, but he surrendered an RBI single to Mike Moustakas in the ninth inning. Even so, it was a phenomenal outing from the 26-year-old left-hander, who is quietly turning in a solid season in Seattle. With this start in the bag, Gonzales now has a 3.77 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 87:20 K:BB through 100.1 innings. He has a divisional matchup with the Angels next on the docket July 5.