Brewers left-hander Gio Gonzalez went on the 10-day IL on June 1 with a dead arm, an injury that’s going to cost him at least a month and a half of action. Gonzalez felt soreness during a recent bullpen session and won’t return until after the All-Star break as a result, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports.
Gonzalez’s issue isn’t serious enough to warrant a complete shutdown, per McCalvy, but it’s still not what the Brewers need when they’re fighting for a playoff spot. Milawaukee had expected to get Gonzalez back for a start prior to the break. Instead, it’ll have to continue turning elsewhere.
The 33-year-old Gonzalez joined the Brewers on a $2MM guarantee April 27 to cap off an unusual several months. Even though Gonzalez owns a quality MLB track record, there was little interest in him during free agency. Consequently, the former Athletic and National sat out until late March, when he settled for a minor league pact with the Yankees. He opted out of his Yankees contract after a month and three Triple-A starts in order to sign with the Brewers.
Gonzalez’s long stay on the open market prevented him from participating in a normal spring training, which may help explain the longtime workhorse’s current injury troubles. To his credit, though, Gonzalez did turn in a 3.19 ERA/3.22 FIP with 7.55 K/9, 2.61 BB/9 and a 45.1 percent groundball rate in his first six starts and 31 innings as a Brewer before going on the IL. On a per-inning basis, Gonzalez has been one of the most effective arms in a shaky Milwaukee rotation. Despite their lack of dependable starters, the Brewers are in possession of a wild-card spot at 42-38 and just a game behind the NL Central-leading Cubs.