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Marco Gonzales | Starting Pitcher

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (23) / 2/16/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 195
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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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. Jul 14 - 4:49 PM

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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.
Jul 6 - 6:58 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.
Jul 5 - 2:16 PM

An MRI taken Tuesday on Marco Gonzales' left shoulder showed no major structural damage.

Gonzales was given a cortisone injection for an impingement but will try to resume throwing in 7-10 days. The hope is that he could return to game action in three weeks. The news, in general, is pretty good for the young left-hander. He should become an option for the Cardinals' starting rotation later this summer if he can avoid further setbacks.
May 26 - 5:11 PM

Marco Gonzales will travel to St. Louis to be examined after feeling renewed tightness around his left pectoral muscle while playing catch Saturday.

It was reported previously that Gonzales would be scratched from Monday's outing at Triple-A Memphis, and now we have a few more details. The Cardinals are expected to have more on the left-hander's status Wednesday.
Source: MLBlogs.com
May 24 - 2:02 PM

Marco Gonzales will not make his next scheduled start for Triple-A Memphis due to renewed discomfort in his pectoral/shoulder area.

Gonzales whiffed seven over six innings of one-run ball in his last outing, but he's evidently felt more discomfort since then. It's not clear at this point how big of a setback it might be or if he might be set to undergo an MRI. Gonzales first began feeling soreness in mid-April.
May 24 - 1:11 PM

Marco Gonzales (pectoral) was shelled for seven runs in four innings Thursday for Triple-A Memphis.

It was his second start since returning from the Triple-A disabled list on May 9. Gonzales also struggled in his first outing and clearly isn't close to taking over Adam Wainwright's spot in the major league rotation. Tyler Lyons will continue to fill in.
May 14 - 3:00 PM

Marco Gonzales (pectoral) got knocked around in a rehab start Saturday, allowing five hits and four earned runs in 2 1/3 innings for Triple-A Memphis.

It was the left-hander's first outing since going on the DL with a sore pectoral muscle three weeks ago. The Cardinals were hoping to plug Gonzales into the rotation soon but if Saturday's performance is any indication, he'll need a few more starts to get big-league ready. The former first-round pick logged a 4.15 ERA across 10 appearances as a rookie last season.
May 9 - 8:40 PM

Marco Gonzales (pectoral) is scheduled to return to the Triple-A Memphis rotation on Saturday.

Gonzales has been on the shelf since April 22 with a sore left pectoral muscle. If he pitches well on Saturday, the Cardinals might go ahead and insert the 23-year-old left-hander into their starting rotation next week. There's a vacancy with Adam Wainwright (heel) ruled out for the remainder of the 2015 season, and Gonzales is capable of providing a good amount of fantasy production in that spot.
May 5 - 5:43 PM

Cardinals GM John Mozeliak said Thursday that Marco Gonzales (pectoral) could be "back throwing in a game, at the minor league level, somewhere around May 10th."

Gonzales has been on the disabled list at Triple-A Memphis since April 22 with a sore left pectoral muscle, but he might move into the Cardinals' rotation around the middle of May if everything goes smoothly from here on out. Adam Wainwright (heel) is done for the season and Jamie Garcia (shoulder) is a bit behind Gonzales. Tim Cooney could delay things if he pitches well.
Source: KMOV.com
Apr 30 - 1:44 PM

Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said Monday that Marco Gonzales (shoulder/pectoral) will resume throwing in 4-5 days.

Gonzales was placed on Triple-A Memphis' disabled list late last week with soreness in his left pectoral/shoulder. Assuming all goes well from here on out, he should be ready to take Adam Wainwright's (Achilles) spot in the rotation before long. The Cards will go with either Tyler Lyons or Tim Cooney in the meantime.
Apr 27 - 5:46 PM

Marco Gonzales has been placed on Triple-A Memphis' disabled list with soreness in his left pectoral muscle.

The Redbirds are saying the move is precautionary, though it's unclear how much time Gonzales might miss. He's posted a 4.50 ERA and 13/3 K/BB ratio in his first 16 innings with Memphis. Obviously Gonzales won't be an option for the big club anytime soon, although with the way their rotation is performing there's certainly no need at the moment.
Apr 22 - 11:23 AM

Cardinals optioned Marco Gonzales to Triple-A Memphis.

Gonzales lost out to Carlos Martinez for the final spot in the team's Opening Day rotation despite posting a 1.04 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 9/7 K/BB ratio over 17 1/3 innings. He'll function rotational depth at Triple-A for now, but should get the call the first time a need arises in the Cardinals rotation.
Apr 3 - 10:21 PM

Marco Gonzales pitched 4 2/3 innings of one-run ball Sunday in his start against the Mets.

This was supposed to be Jaime Garcia's start, but he was scratched due to his shoulder. Before Garcia's setback, Gonzales seemed to be essentially out of the mix for a rotation spot in the three-way battle with Carlos Martinez. He'd still be plenty intriguing if given the nod, but we imagine that Martinez is going to be the choice.
Mar 29 - 4:13 PM

Marco Gonzales, who threw 4 2/3 innings last time out, pitched two scoreless innings out of the pen Sunday versus the Orioles.

There hasn't been anything definitive yet, but it looks like Gonzales is being eliminated from the rotation competition, through absolutely no fault of his own. Gonzales has a 0.71 ERA this spring, and he'd probably be just fine at the back of the St. Louis rotation if needed. It's just that Jaime Garcia and Carlos Martinez have been ahead of him all along.
Mar 22 - 5:28 PM

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2Tony Cruz
1B1Brandon Moss
2Mark Reynolds
3Matt Adams
2B1Kolten Wong
2Greg Garcia
SS1Jhonny Peralta
2Pete Kozma
3B1Matt Carpenter
LF1Matt Holliday
2Stephen Piscotty
CF1Randal Grichuk
2Jon Jay
3Peter Bourjos
RF1Jason Heyward
DH1Brandon Moss
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PosRoleName
S1Lance Lynn
2John Lackey
3Michael Wacha
4Carlos Martinez
5Jaime Garcia
6Adam Wainwright
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Trevor Rosenthal
2Jordan Walden
3Kevin Siegrist
4Steve Cishek
5Seth Maness
6Jonathan Broxton
7Matt Belisle
8Randy Choate
9Carlos Villanueva