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Gonzalez pulled with shoulder tightness

Apr 23, 2014, 11:33 PM EDT

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Nationals’ starter Gio Gonzalez was removed from Wednesday night’s game in the sixth inning after complaining of tightness in his left shoulder.

The game-time temperature was 54 degrees, a cold night for April 23, and manager Matt Williams described the move as precautionary. Gonzalez is not expected to miss any time at this point.

“It’s a cold night tonight,” Williams said. “Gio had a little shoulder tightness tonight. Ordinarily I wouldn’t take him out of the game there. But we want to make sure he’s OK for our future, too. Cold and windy. He had a little bit of tightness. We wanted to make sure he’s OK. That’s the reason for that.”

Gonzalez — who threw only 83 pitches before being removed — said his shoulder did not tighten up until late into his start.

“After the fifth inning, just started getting a little colder,” he said. “Felt a little tight. And Matt just started seeing that in the sixth inning. I feel fine now, did all my exercises, feel great.”

Gonzalez is traditionally a very durable pitcher, the most reliable on the Nationals’ staff. He has pitched at least 195 innings for four consecutive seasons and has never had a prolonged injury absence.

Williams believes Gonzalez’s history bodes well for his current condition.

“He’s never really had an injury so we don’t expect this one to be an injury,” Williams said. “Just a little tightness there so not taking any chances with him.”

Gonzalez said he understood the decision, despite the circumstances of the game. The lefty had retired 11 straight batters before allowing a walk to Mike Trout and an RBI double to Albert Pujols. The score was tied at 1-1, and Gonzalez was otherwise having a very good night.

“You understand it,” he said. “We all are sitting down, going over it. We all had a great understanding about it.”

Reliever Aaron Barrett allowed Pujols to come home on a single two batters later for Gonzalez’s second earned run. He finished with five innings pitched, four hits and three walks allowed, and five strikeouts.

Gonzalez took a no-decision in the Nats’ 5-4 win and now holds a 3.00 ERA on the season.

  1. thelatencn - Apr 24, 2014 at 6:29 AM

    Nats Injury Analysis:
    1. Gio.
    Homer: It’s nothing. He’s from Miami, doesn’t do 58-degrees well. Summer’s coming.
    L.O.D: Williams lies. Gio probably needs surgery.

    2. RZim.
    Homer: Think how much better we’ll be when we get Face back.
    L.O.D.: The way Espi’s been hitting, what difference will it make?

    3. Ramos.
    Homer: Think how much better we’ll be when we get the Bufallo back.
    L.O.D: The way Lobaton’s been hitting, what difference will it make? Besides, he won’t have any power with that hamate thing until at least 2016.

    4. Fister.
    Homer: With Roark doing well, when Mr. Fr. gets back , we’ll have 5 great starters.
    L.O.D: Fister’s just another Haren.

    • sunshinebobby - Apr 24, 2014 at 8:59 AM

      POST OF THE CENTURY!!

      Absolutely spot on, Mr. thelatecn.

      +100.

      Gio is probably at the CVS Minute Clinic right now getting a second opinion.

  2. ArVAFan - Apr 24, 2014 at 6:29 AM

    Gio was cold in the 5th inning? We were cold from the start (the wind up in 313 was brutal). So yes, per Charlie & Dave, “we blew it” and left after Gio. But it was good to get home, turn on the radio and hear them say “if you left early, you blew it.” So at least we heard the end of the game. Definitely put this one on the list to re-watch over the off season.

    Now, if we could just get a little warmer weather . . . but as soon as I ask for that it will probably be 85 and 85% humidity.

    • NatsLady - Apr 24, 2014 at 6:53 AM

      I’m going Friday night & Sunday. PLEASE let it be warmer. Last Sunday was colder than last Friday, with the wind. Someone on Twitter named Zach Walters “Zach Frost” because he walks up to “Frozen” — the cold never bothered me anyway…

      Did you see the whole Pineda thing with the pine-tar?

  3. Joe Seamhead - Apr 24, 2014 at 6:57 AM

    Odd that the weather affected Gio as he never seemed to have a problem in Oakland where there are often April evenings in the 50’s. Must have been a fluke.

    Something really seems to have upset young Mr. Harper’s psyche.Can’t help but to wonder if it’s an out of baseball personal issue or if it’s a rift with somebody in-house, but the kid seems really out of whack right now.I like him a lot and sure hope that whatever has seemingly got him out of sorts gets straightened out soon.

    Well, we’re now approaching the end of April and ALR is leading the team in hitting by a fairly wide margin. Who’d a thunk it? Did you see the looks of utter joy on his and Jayson’s faces at the end? It tickled me, especially coming from the normally stoic appearing Adam.

    Also, I am thoroughly enjoying Danny Espinosa’s turn around. He’s in a groove. Hope it lasts for years.

    • Joe Seamhead - Apr 24, 2014 at 7:16 AM

      Actually, Is hould qualify that statement about ALR by saying that he leads the team in BA. Rendon, Espy and Desi are up there in several other important categories.Regardless, Adam is off to a good start, especially after considering the year he had in 2013.

  4. Joe Seamhead - Apr 24, 2014 at 7:17 AM

    “Actually, I should qualify…”

    I seemed to have lost my edit button

  5. Candide - Apr 24, 2014 at 7:26 AM

    From the previous thread:

    Chase Hughes ‏@chasehughesCSN 12s
    Werth said he asked Desmond what he had on Frieri, as he hit a HR on Mon.: ‘Desi was running his mouth a little bit, so that got us going.’

    WTF???

    Desi: “Hey you guys, we’re gonna lose this game if we don’t straighten up!”
    Werth, LaRoche, Rendon, Lobaton: “Well, what do you think we should do?”
    Desi: Let’s get some HITS!”
    WLRL: “Yeah, that sounds like a good idea! Let’s do it!”

    Seriously, a bunch of zombies for 26 innings (counting games 1 and 2) turns into Murderer’s Row in the 9th just because Desi got in everyone’s face?

  6. Hiram Hover - Apr 24, 2014 at 7:34 AM

    As I said in the last thread, I think there’s a good chance this bit about the shoulder is just an excuse for pulling Gio. Cold weather making the shoulder tight has at least a surface plausibility.

    • nats128 - Apr 24, 2014 at 7:37 AM

      Its certainly a possibility.

  7. nats128 - Apr 24, 2014 at 7:39 AM

    This is a mind-blowing stat for Jayson Werth.

    • NatsLady - Apr 24, 2014 at 8:03 AM

      Why you tweeting that out, Mark? SHHHHHHHHH!

      • bowdenball - Apr 24, 2014 at 8:33 AM

        To be fair though, I’d bet most hitters have numbers like that when they swing and make contact 3-0. It’s essentially batting practice- you look for the pitch you want in the location you want and if you don’t get it you don’t swing.

    • adcwonk - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:53 AM

      National League, putting ball into play on a 3-0 pitch:

      2014 — 3 for 8, 2 2b, 1 HR
      2013 — 155 AB, 54 H, 14 2b, 2 3b, 11 HR, BA .348, SLG .677

    • kirbs3256 - Apr 24, 2014 at 1:11 PM

      Remember that game in the 9th, bases loaded, 1 out,3-0 against the meys (I think) and he hit into a double play? We killed him on here.

  8. flnatsfan - Apr 24, 2014 at 8:48 AM

    I hope they gave Loboton some ice cream for that rally starting home run!

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