Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that starter Gio Gonzalez is going on the 15-day disabled list with left shoulder inflammation. It’s the first stint on the DL in his career.
Gonzalez was shelled in his past two starts, allowing five earned runs in three innings to the Mets yesterday and seven runs in four and a third last Sunday to the A’s.
For his part, Gonzalez is trying to be optimistic:
“You know, it’s one of those things, you just got to keep grinding through. Just trying to find out what it is. Hopefully, something positive comes out of it. Other than that, just try to stay positive.”
Given his sudden ineffectiveness and his history of shoulder issues, one hopes that that optimism is more than mere wish casting.
Jake Arrieta‘s bat is in midseason form already. The Cubs’ ace swatted a solo home run to center field off of Zack Greinke in Thursday afternoon’s Grapefruit League exhibition game, his first homer of the spring.
The blast went 465 feet, according to MLB.com’s Daren Willman.
Arrieta has hit two home runs in each of the past two seasons. Madison Bumgarner (eight) and Noah Syndergaard (four) are the only other pitchers to match or exceed his output in that department.
Greinke, meanwhile, is hoping to bounce back after a miserable 2016 season. He finished with an uncharacteristic 4.37 ERA in 26 starts in his first year with the Diamondbacks.
Angels first baseman Luis Valbuena will miss the next four to six weeks with a strained right hamstring, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Valbuena, 31, signed a two-year, $15 million contract with the Angels in January and was on track to get the lion’s share of the playing time at first base. While he’s out, however, C.J. Cron will handle first base on a regular basis. When Valbeuna returns, the two will likely form a platoon.
Last year with the Astros, Valbuena hit a solid .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances.