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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Brewers' Tom Gorzelanny began rehab assignment on Wednesday

By on 5/15/2014 10:00:00 AM

The Milwaukee Brewers fell to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday by the score of 4-1. Even with the loss, the Brewers are at 25-15, five games ahead of the Cardinals in the National League Central. Although just 19th in the league in runs scored, the Brewers are 5th in ERA. The pitching staff may soon get even stronger as left-hander Tom Gorzelanny started a rehab assignment last night.

As reported by Jim Hoehn of, Gorzelanny started his rehab assignment at Class A Brevard County last night. He's been on the disabled list all season following shoulder surgery and last made an appearance September 2 of last year when he faced one batter before leaving the game with shoulder tightness.  Brewers manager Ron Roenicke is unsure what the team will do with Gorzelanny, but has time to make a decision.
"We've got 30 days to make a decision. He still hasn't got his velocity up."
Gorzelanny underwent surgery in December to repair damage to his rotator cuff and labrum.  He originally was hoping to return by the end of April, but his shoulder was slow to respond. I reported on May 7 that Brewers General manager Gord Ash said Gorzelanny will need about a month before ready to ready to the Major Leagues.

Gorzelanny was drafted in the second round of the 2003 amateur draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates.  He made his Major League debut in 2005 and 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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