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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Brewers' Tom Gorzelanny to begin throwing on Friday

By on 2/18/2014 07:00:00 AM

The Milwaukee Brewers entered Spring Training with only four left-handed pitchers on their 40-man roster. One of those is veteran Tom Gorzelanny, who is versatile and can be used as a spot starter, long reliever or situational lefty out of the bullpen.  But there have been questions regarding Gorzelanny's health, as he battles back from shoulder surgery this offseason.

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Tom Haudricourt, Brewers beat writer for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, tweeted the following on Gorzelanny's status.

Sports Injury Alert writer Ray Bureau reported previously that Gorzelanny had surgery in December to remove inflammation in his left shoulder. He was on the DL in May for inflammation and missed all but one September start, although he did not officially go on the disabled list at that time. 

There is no timetable for Gorzelanny to return to game action, but he previously stated that he expects to be 100 percent by opening day.  If he is not ready, that puts more pressure on Will Smith, because Wei-Chung Wang and Miguel De Los Santos, the other left-handed pitchers on the 40-man roster, have never pitched at the Major League level. 

Gorzelanny has pitched for the Pirates, Cubs, Nationals and Brewers during his nine-year career. He was 3-6 with a 3.90 ERA last season. In 236 career games, Gorzelanny is 47-51 with a 4.36 ERA.


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