The Milwaukee Brewers are in the middle of your typical mid-season rough patch and desperately need a starting pitcher not named Brandon Woodruff to step up and provide some quality innings.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like it will be Gio Gonzalez -- at least not for the next couple weeks.
Before Wednesday night’s game against Seattle, Adam McCalvy reported there was a setback in Gonzalez’s recovery, and he’s now expected to stay on the Injured List until after the All-Star Break.
Gio Gonzalez felt soreness in a recent bullpen session, so his program has been pushed back. It's not serious enough to completely shut him down, but the Brewers previously expected him to make a start before the break; that is no longer expected.— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) June 26, 2019
Gonzalez hasn’t made a start since May 27th, when he gave up 4 runs on 7 hits in 4.2 innings against the Twins. He went on the injured list a few days later on June 1st. Before that, he was one of the arms (along with Zach Davies and Brandon Woodruff) that had helped stabilize the team’s rotation and turn their pitching fortunes around in May. He had a 3.19 ERA/3.22 FIP with 26 strikeouts and 9 walks in 31 innings before landing on the IL.
In the meantime, it looks like Adrian Houser will stay in the rotation until the break, covering the starts the Brewers had hoped would be made by Gonzalez.
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