The Washington Nationals’ injury woes continued this week, when right handed starting pitcher, Gio Gonzalez was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Sunday with shoulder inflammation. Originally, the Nationals didn’t give a return date for Gonzalez, but estimated he was to miss two starts. Now, however, it looks like he may miss more.
Gonzalez was scheduled to play catch on Friday, but this was postponed after he complained of shoulder stiffness. According to manager, Matt Williams, he is now meant to play catch today. The Nationals, aren’t concerned however, claiming that simply, sometimes adjustments must be made.
Matt Williams spoke to MLB.com about the set back;
“Gonzalez is still a little stiff. He will continue his rehab program, so we will look to push him back a day as far as his throwing program goes,” Williams said. “Gonzalez will do more strengthening today.”
The injury must come as a concern to the Nationals, who before the season began, sought after defeating the Atlanta Braves and taking the division title from them. Despite their optimism, injuries to key players such as Doug Fister, Bryce Harper, Wilson Ramos and others, currently leave them three and a half games back, with an even 23-23 record.
Prior to the injury, Gonzalez has been struggling a little. In nine starts, he posted a 3-4 record with a disappointing 4.62 ERA.