Gonzalez (ankle) was replaced on Milwaukee's NLCS roster by Zach Davies on Wednesday. As expected, Gonzalez's 2018 campaign will come to a close after he suffered a left ankle injury in Game 4 on Tuesday. Because the club took him off the active roster, he will not be eligible to return to the fold for the World Series if the Brewers defeat the Dodgers.
Brewers manager Craig Counsell relayed after Tuesday's 2-1 loss to the Dodgers in Game 4 of the NLCS that Gonzalez suffered a left high-ankle sprain in his start and will likely be out for the remainder of the postseason, Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports. After a 13-inning game in which the Brewers used seven pitchers, it's a bit of an advantage for the Brewers to be able to replace Gonzalez with a fresh pitcher. Gonzalez's absence could prove more costly if the Brewers advance to the World Series, however, as he was one of only three traditional starters Milwaukee has been using thus far in the postseason. The team hasn't yet announced Gonzalez' replacement on the playoff roster.
Gonzalez exited during the second inning Tuesday in Game 4 of the NLCS after suffering a left ankle injury, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. Gonzalez rolled his left ankle fielding a grounder to start the second inning and attempted to remain in the game, but was pulled after one pitch when he showed clear discomfort. The veteran left-hander struggled in the brief appearance, allowing one run on two hits and a walk while also hitting a batter. Rookie Freddy Peralta took the mound for the Brewers.
Gonzalez has been named the starting pitcher for Game 4 of the NLCS against the Dodgers on Tuesday, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. Gonzalez opened the NLCS for Milwaukee, tossing two innings while giving up a run on a solo homer off the bat of Manny Machado. This could turn out to be yet another short start for Gonzalez, with manager Craig Counsell likely attempting to keep some of the Dodgers' left-handed bats out of the starting nine. Brandon Woodruff figures to relieve Gonzalez after not pitching since Friday.
Gonzalez will start Game 1 of the NLCS against the Dodgers on Friday. Gonzalez will make his first appearance of the postseason opposite the Dodgers' ace Clayton Kershaw in Friday's series opener. Wade Miley will follow Gonzalez in Game 2, while Jhoulys Chacin is slated to start Game 3 in Los Angeles. Since being acquired from the Nationals at the end of August, Gonzalez has posted a 2.13 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and 22:10 K:BB in five starts (25.1 innings) for the Brewers.