The Washington Nationals weren’t able to trot out their intended rotation until recently, but then starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez went down with injury. Washington was forced to place Gonzalez on the DL with shoulder inflammation, and there was concern that he would be forced to have surgery. Gonzalez received good news from his doctors and he will not have to undergo surgery.
Source says Gio Gonzalez’s MRI revealed inflammation only. He needs rest, no kind of procedure. Nats get good news. http://t.co/aUKqX8Sie2
— Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP) May 18, 2014
This is certainly good news for the Nationals, and they are hoping to have their rotation back intact in the near future. Gonzalez has had an up-and-down season so far, but he is a very talented pitcher. The Nationals have been slammed with injuries this season, and there doesn’t appear to be any end in sight for them at this time.
Gonzalez has started nine games so far this season for Washington, compiling a 3-4 record. He has a 4.62 ERA to go along with 53 strikeouts and just 20 walks. There hasn’t been a report on how long he will miss, but it isn’t likely that he will miss very many starts, if even more than one.
Overall, the Nationals did catch a break with this news. Gonzalez should be back fairly soon, and could miss as little as one start. There haven’t been any reports on how the Nationals will handle that, but most analysts expect them to bring up Blake Treinen to replace Gonzalez in his start against the Pittsburgh Pirates.