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Orioles' closer Mike Gonzalez goes on the DL

Apr 14, 2010, 1:56 PM EDT

UPDATE:  Yep, he’s hurt. Gonzalez is on the 15-day DL with a strained left shoulder.

12:13 P.M. The Orioles’ new $12 million closer hasn’t been worth a thin dime so far. Based on this mashed-up series of tweets from Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun, he may be more than merely ineffective. He may be hurt:

Dave Trembley just revealed that Michale Gonzalez
was not available Tuesday. He may have a shoulder situation . . . Gonzalez came back from the birth of his first
child on Monday and told Trembley he couldn’t get loose to come in game . . .
Gonzalez isn’t available today and will see a team
doctor, Trembley said. He apparently was in training room with shoulder
iced.

When Gonzalez came over to the Braves from the Pirates in 2007 he pitched in 18 games, then missed the rest of the year and half of the following year with Tommy John surgery. The difference between then and now: at least Gonzalez was effective in the handful of games he pitched for the Braves before he got hurt. His three appearances thus far have been fairly disastrous.

I hope Gonzalez isn’t hurt, because really, who wants someone to be hurt? But given how hard he was worked last year — 80 appearances in his first full post-Tommy John season — I’m not entirely optimistic.

  1. Charles Gates - Apr 14, 2010 at 12:28 PM

    I just knew doing the Stanky Leg before each delivery must impact Tommy John’s ligaments.
    Although I hope it was a mental thing that caused him to be so ineffective. Ya know, something important like
    Gonzalez came back from the birth of his first child on Monday.

  2. Grant - Apr 14, 2010 at 2:05 PM

    You’d think the Orioles would have learned by now, but no…

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