Gonzales (1-1) notched his first win of the season Tuesday against the Rangers. He allowed three runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out six over five innings. Gonzales made his last start on Aug. 2 and was operating on 10 days of rest Tuesday after the Mariners decided to skip his last scheduled start following the acquisition of Mike Leake. Though Gonzales allowed nine baserunners in his five innings of work, the 25-year-old was able to limit the Rangers to three runs and put his team in line for the win. The southpaw's future role is a bit unclear at this time; it seems likely he will shift back to the bullpen following Tuesday's start with Felix Hernandez (shoulder) and James Paxton (pectoral) returning later this week.
Gonzales has been named the starting pitcher for Tuesday's game against the Rangers, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports. Gonzales was bumped from the rotation following his disastrous start against the Orioles on Aug. 28 in which he allowed five runs over 3.1 innings of work. He was able to throw four scoreless innings of relief on Sept. 2 and will be granted a spot start in the place of Andrew Moore on Tuesday against the Rangers. He'll likely head back to a long-relief role following his start.
Gonzales could receive another trial in the Mariners' rotation after tossing four scoreless innings in relief in Saturday's victory over the Athletics, Bob Dutton of The Tacoma News Tribune reports. After Yovani Gallardo failed to escape the third inning to put the Mariners in an early hole, Gonzales came up big in his first appearance out of the bullpen, striking out five batters while conceding two hits and no walks as Seattle scored a come-from-behind victory. Though Gonzales submitted an ugly 7.40 ERA and 1.98 WHIP over his previous five starts in August with Seattle, his numbers weren't dramatically worse than what Gallardo has posted in a starting role this season, so the Mariners may be motivated to see if the 25-year-old can demonstrate some improvement in a second trial in the rotation. Manager Scott Servais wouldn't commit to starting Gallardo during the Mariners' series with the Angels next weekend, so the team brass will likely think things over during the next couple of days before determining if Gonzales would be a better option.
Gonzales will be pushed out of the rotation for at least one turn, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports Friday. The Mariners need to make room for new acquisition Mike Leake in their rotation. As the owner of a 7.40 ERA and a 1.98 WHIP over five starts for the Mariners, Gonzales was the easy choice. Manager Scott Servais suggested there was a chance that Gonzales could return to the rotation, but given his struggles this season, it would be a surprise.
Gonzales allowed five runs on eight hits and two walks across 3.1 innings in a no-decision Monday against the Orioles. He struck out two. Gonzales put a constant stream of runners on base in this one, yielding two runs in the second and one in the third before he was chased by a two-run rally in the fourth. He failed to induce a single groundball out and threw first-pitch strikes to just seven of 19 batters. Gonzales has struggled mightily at the big-league level this season, posting an 8.25 ERA and a 1.96 WHIP across 24 innings. He'll look to produce a better result Sunday against the Athletics.