Drew Silva

Video: Carlos Gonzalez clubs 15th homer in last 27 games


Carlos Gonzalez went deep off Max Scherzer in the top of the first inning Sunday afternoon at Nationals Park. And then he got to Scherzer again in the top of the sixth inning …

That’s now 15 home runs in 27 games for CarGo. He’s homered three times this weekend in D.C.

Cardinals leaning toward exercising Jaime Garcia’s $11.5 million club option for 2016


As recently as mid-May, it looked like a foregone conclusion that this would be Jaime Garcia’s final season in a Cardinals uniform. He made only seven starts in 2014 and opened 2015 on the disabled list with lingering discomfort in his surgically-repaired left shoulder. But the 29-year-old joined the Cardinals’ rotation on May 21 and has registered a 1.77 ERA across 66 innings. He missed more time in June and July with a groin injury, but Garcia is back to full strength now and delivered seven scoreless innings Saturday in St. Louis’ 3-0 defeat of the Brewers.

This all has the Cardinals front office reconsidering Garcia’s $11.5 million club option for the 2016 season …

Garcia, owner of a 3.32 career ERA, also carries a $12 million club option for the 2017 season.

Jose Fernandez diagnosed with strained right biceps muscle


The good news is that his surgically-repaired right elbow is fine, and so is his right shoulder. But it’s going to a little while before we see Jose Fernandez pitching again for the Marlins …

Fernandez was lifted at 76 pitches Friday against the Braves and flew back to Miami on Saturday to have his arm examined. He just returned last month from Tommy John elbow surgery and it seems probable that the Marlins will go ahead and shut him down for the rest of the season even if he progresses well from this biceps issue. They entered play Sunday with a 43-68 record — tied with the Phillies for the worst mark in MLB.

Fernandez, 23, owns a ridiculous 2.26 ERA and 10.4 K/9 over 267 1/3 career major league innings.