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Marco Gonzales | Starting Pitcher | #56

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (24) / 2/16/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 195
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: Gonzaga
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 1 (19) / STL
Contract: view contract details

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Marco Gonzales (elbow) has resumed throwing.
"I've been throwing for a couple of weeks now," he said. "I’m really happy with the progress and I know everyone that I’ve been working with down here is happy with it too." The left-hander is about six months removed from Tommy John surgery. Gonzalez has been throwing from 60 feet three times a week and will advance to 90 feet next week. If all goes well, he'll begin mound work in December. He should be ready to help the Cardinals' bullpen at some point in 2017. Oct 22 - 6:49 PM

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Marco Gonzales (left elbow) will undergo Tommy John surgery.

Gonzales will miss the entirety of the 2016 campaign. He sought multiple opinions on his bum elbow prior to finally deciding that Tommy John surgery would be the most prudent action for his future. He was the 19th overall selection in the 2013 amateur draft, but injuries have plagued him since he joined the Cardinal organization. A shoulder injury sidelined him for the vast majority of the 2015 season.
Apr 13 - 5:22 PM

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Sunday that Marco Gonzales is contemplating whether to undergo surgery on his left elbow.

Gonzales has already sought out multiple opinions, so the decision now is up to him. It's unclear what type of procedure it would be. Gonzales has had a rough run of health, as he missed most of last season with a shoulder issue.
Apr 10 - 11:21 AM

Marco Gonzales will visit Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles about a left elbow injury.

Gonzales has already seen the Cardinals' team doctor but the club is holding off on announcing a diagnosis until the visit to ElAttrache. Ominous stuff. Gonzales, the 19th overall pick in 2013, battled shoulder troubles for much of the 2015 season and made only one appearance at the major league level. He had a 4.15 ERA in 34 2/3 innings with the Cardinals in 2014 and also pitched in the playoffs that year.
Apr 6 - 11:56 AM

Cardinals optioned LHP Marco Gonzales to Triple-A Memphis.

With everyone healthy, Gonzales didn't have a shot of cracking the Cardinals' starting rotation out of spring training. The 24-year-old still possesses some upside and and is worth watching in case an opportunity eventually presents itself. He'll hone his craft in the minors for now.
Mar 21 - 4:52 PM

Marco Gonzales struck out six in three innings of relief work against the Nationals on Sunday.

Gonzales is still a very interesting pitcher, but he's one with no clear part to the St. Louis rotation. Besides the obvious top five of Adam Wainwright, Michael Wacha, Carlos Martinez, Mike Leake and Jaime Garcia, Gonzales would still have Tim Cooney and Tyler Lyons to contend with if someone gets hurt. That said, if Gonzales does eventually land a spot, he'd probably be worth trying in mixed leagues.
Mar 13 - 5:59 PM

Marco Gonzales said Saturday that he's feeling 100 percent and has already begun throwing off of a mound.

He had a forgettable 2015 campaign that was plagued by shoulder woes and under-performance, registering a 5.45 ERA, 1.66 WHIP and 51/24 K/BB ratio over 69 1/3 innings at Triple-A Memphis. The 23-year-old hurler should get a chance with the big league club at some point during the upcoming season.
Jan 16 - 12:33 PM

Cardinals optioned LHP Marco Gonzales to Triple-A Memphis.

Gonzales got knocked around in a spot start Tuesday night against the Nationals. The young lefty has been plagued by arm troubles for much of the 2015 season and will try to hit the reset button heading into 2016.
Wed, Sep 2, 2015 04:10:00 PM

Marco Gonzales allowed four runs on seven hits over 2 2/3 innings against the Nationals on Tuesday.

Gonzales, filling in for Carlos Martinez, was shaky in his first start of 2015. The southpaw allowed a homer among the Nats' seven hits, also walking one and striking out one. Gonzales will likely stay with the club through September but isn't guaranteed another start.
Wed, Sep 2, 2015 12:37:00 AM

Cardinals recalled LHP Marco Gonzales from Triple-A Memphis.

Gonzales will make a spot start Tuesday night against the Nationals. He's filling in for Carlos Martinez, who will take a turn off because of a minor back injury (and to protect his workload). Gonzales will probably move to long relief after Tuesday's start.
Tue, Sep 1, 2015 04:37:00 PM

Marco Gonzales will be recalled to start on Tuesday versus the Nationals in place of Carlos Martinez (back).

Gonzales has been limited to just 75 1/3 innings this season due to a pectoral/shoulder issue, but he's posted a 3.26 ERA since returning from a setback in mid-July. It's possible he could be in line for a few starts this month as the Cardinals look to rest Martinez and Michael Wacha.
Mon, Aug 31, 2015 05:59:00 PM

Cardinals LHP prospect Marco Gonzales allowed just two hits in six shutout frames Tuesday for Triple-A Memphis.

Tuesday represented a big improvement for Gonzales after allowing 11 runs in his previous three outings. The left-hander hasn't won any of his 14 starts this year though he's only lost three times. Gonzales made 10 appearances for the Cardinals last season and could get another chance in St. Louis when rosters expand next month.
Wed, Aug 12, 2015 03:49:00 PM

Cardinals prospect LHP Marco Gonzales (shoulder) allowed two unearned runs over 2 2/3 innings on Monday in his second rehab start for High-A Palm Beach.

He allowed four hits in the outing and struck out one in the outing after tossing two scoreless frames in his return to the mound on July 10. The 23-year-old left-hander made six starts for Triple-A Memphis, posting a 6.35 ERA in 28 1/3 innings, before landing on the shelf for nearly two months with the shoulder injury. Gonzales is expected to be built up to 100 pitches by the end of the month, meaning he could be an option for the Cardinals over the final two months of the regular season.
Tue, Jul 14, 2015 04:49:00 PM

Marco Gonzales (shoulder) is expected to return to game action on Friday with High-A Palm Beach.

Gonzales has been limited to just six starts this season due to an impingement in his left shoulder. He's expected to be built up to 100 pitches by the end of the month, so he could be an option for the Cardinals by that time if he's pitching well.
Mon, Jul 6, 2015 06:58:00 PM

Marco Gonzales (shoulder) threw live batting practice on Sunday.

Gonzales has been on the shelf mid-May while dealing with an impingement in his left shoulder. There's no timetable for his return, but it looks like he should be ready for game action again soon.
Sun, Jul 5, 2015 02:16:00 PM

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2Adam Wainwright
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5Alex Reyes
6Michael Wacha
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5Tyler Lyons
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