As part of his 3 pm briefing with reporters on Monday Doug Melvin revealed some bad news: Tom Gorzelanny recently underwent shoulder surgery and won't be available to pitch again until mid-March at the earliest. Tom Haudricourt posted the news first.
Gorzelanny made 43 appearances (including ten starts) for the Brewers in 2013 but also had two stints on the shelf with shoulder soreness, sitting out from May 7-25 and again from September 2 through the end of the season. He had told reporters his goal was to get back on the mound for the season's final game but he was unable to do so.
Even if Gorzelanny can pitch again in mid-March, it's hard to believe he'd be ready to be a member of the Opening Day roster with just two weeks of preparation. Shoulder injuries are notoriously difficult to rebound from, so it's possible the Brewers will elect to take it slow with him and allow him to open the season on the DL.
Gorzelanny is 31 and 2013 was his ninth major league season. This is his only recent bout with shoulder issues, although he did spend some time on the DL with elbow inflammation as a member of the Nationals in 2011.
Gorzelanny is due to make $2.95 million in 2014 in the final season of his two-year contract.