Gonzales sidelined by elbow injury

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

Starting pitcher Marco Gonzales will miss the beginning of the Minor League season due to a left elbow injury, the severity of which the Cardinals expect to learn later this week.

Gonzales is scheduled to see orthopedist Neal ElAttrache sometime over the next two days to receive a second opinion on his elbow. He has already seen a Cardinals team doctor, though the organization will hold off on announcing any diagnosis until after this second visit.

General manager John Mozeliak said that Gonzales began feeling the discomfort on March 28, a week after the lefty was sent out of Major League camp. This injury appears to be unrelated to the shoulder issues that limited Gonzales to 18 appearances (17 starts) in 2015.

Gonzales impressed manager Mike Matheny and the coaching staff during his time in big-league camp this spring and was expected to open the season as part of Triple-A Memphis’ rotation. When he’ll be able to join that staff now remains uncertain. He and Tim Cooney, who was slowed this spring by shoulder weakness, had been projected as the first in line for a call-up if there were a need at the Major League level.

Gonzales entered 2016 ranked as the organization’s seventh-best prospect, per MLB Pipeline.

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13 Comments

In addition to the batting coach (15 ks yesterday and Grichuk nowhere in the middle of the order), should we have confidence in the training staff at this point? Walden, Tejada, Pena, Pham, Gonzales …. ???? That’s quite a parade to the DL. Maybe its all coincidence. But aren’t training methods supposed to teach players how to avoid injury as best as possible?

Interesting thoughts, Bob…

We can add Peralta and Cooney to this spring’s list and hope Molina, Holliday, Wainwright, Martinez, Wacha and Adams have healed sufficiently from last year and do not have relapses.

The bullpen looks promising. But on the whole the team’s younger hitters are not on par with the Cubs not are their starting pitchers on par with the Met’s youngster. We will have to see more from them soon to be real contenders to those teams this year.

I have been a Cards fan for 50 yrs, win or lose that will never change ok. This year is the first time since Vern Rapp days that I am concern with the way things have been done over the last year or so. Cards don’t re-build they re-load, lost Pujols pick-up Beltran. This year that did not happen I do think minus Lackey plus Leake was good. Real Cards fans I think knows what I am trying to say. I just feel like there was not enough done in the off season to re-load.

You’re definitely not alone in your sentiments, Jaret. Hard to say. Maybe there’s been some disagreements in the front-office. Trades, acquisitions couldn’t solidly be agreed upon…so overall, little was accomplished in the way of a “reload”. I just don’t know….

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OK, so some of the DL players should be back relatively soon…right? But boy, oh boy….let’s just hope we don’t run into any MORE injuries. It’s getting to be ridiculous. Gonzales’ injury tho’…is of no real consequence, in my opinion.
I agree with what you’re saying basically. It’s gonna’ be a questionable season unless the Red Birds’ younger guys (including the newbies) somehow come through.
For now, the pitching looks promising. Oh seemed to do a good job yesterday. Gyorko actually did too.
Unfortunately, who knows when Jaime will get another “hang-nail”.

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