Gonzales sidelined by elbow injury
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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