Gio Gonzalez goes on the DL with left shoulder inflammation

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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.

Brandon Morrow injured his back taking off his pants

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The Cubs’ bullpen got into trouble in the ninth inning on Tuesday afternoon during the first game of a doubleheader. Justin Wilson started the inning with the Cubs leading 3-2, normally a situation for closer Brandon Morrow. Wilson issued a leadoff walk to Austin Barnes, then gave up a single to Justin Turner. Morrow wasn’t warming up, curiously. Wilson ended up giving up a go-ahead two-run double to pinch-hitter Kyle Farmer and the Cubs went on to lose 4-3.

We now know why Morrow wasn’t available. He says his back tightened up taking off his pants early Monday morning, MLB.com’s Carrie Muskat reports. Morrow said, “It’s frustrating any time you can’t get out there, especially when you can’t go for something as stupid as taking your pants off.”

Morrow, 33, has been terrific in the closer’s role this season for the Cubs. He owns a 1.59 ERA with a 25/9 K/BB ratio in 22 2/3 innings. He is also not available for the back end of Tuesday’s doubleheader, but it sounds like he won’t need to go on the disabled list.