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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Nationals Injury Update: Gio Gonzalez close to rehab

By on 5/31/2014 06:00:00 AM

The Washington Nationals entered a weekend series against the Texas Rangers two games under .500 and in third place in the National League East. An excellent pitching staff that is fourth in the league in ERA is keeping the Nationals within reach of the Atlanta Braves, while the offense is sputtering at 24th in the league in runs scored. A strength should get even stronger, as Gio Gonzalez is close to a rehab assignment and should be back with the Nationals in the near future.

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Our own Rose Ingberman reported on May 25 that Gonzalez, on the DL with left shoulder inflammation, threw for a few minutes on flat ground and reported no discomfort in the shoulder.. The Nationals are unsure how long Gonzalez will be sidelined but they expect him to miss three or four starts. 

Dan Kolko, Washington Nationals beat reporter for MASN, tweeted the following on the status of Gonzalez.
Gonazalez was drafted by the White Sox in 2004 and was was acquired by the Nationals from the Oakland Athletics in December 2011 in exchange for A.J. ColeTommy MiloneDerek Norris and Brad Peacock.  He is signed with the Nationals through 2016 with options in 2017 and 2018.

Gonzalez, in his seventh Major League season, is 3-4 with a 4.62 ERA this season.  He's allowed 48 hits and 26 walks in 50 2/3 innings, while striking out 53.  Gonzalez had a career season in 2012 when he went 21-8 with a 2.89 ERA.  He struck out 207 and allowed only 149 hits in 199 1/3 innings. Gonzalez has a career record of 73-52 with a 3.64 ERA. 

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