Marco Gonzales to return from AAA disabled list Saturday

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Tim Cooney got the first shot at replacing Adam Wainwright (heel) in the Cardinals’ starting rotation and struggled, yielding seven hits and three earned runs over 2 1/3 innings last Thursday against the Phillies. Tyler Lyons is getting the next crack at it on Tuesday night versus the Cubs. But the best bet for that spot is 23-year-old left-hander Marco Gonzales, who has been sidelined at Triple-A Memphis since April 22 because of a sore left pectoral muscle.

According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Gonzalez has been cleared to return to the Memphis rotation on Saturday. He’ll be on a pitch count in his first game back, but if the outing goes well and Lyons struggles there will probably be strong consideration given to promoting Gonzales late next week.

Gonzales was the 19th overall pick in 2013 out of Gonzaga University. He posted an underwhelming 4.15 ERA and 1.529 WHIP in 34 2/3 innings last season for the Cardinals, but his minor league numbers are very good. In a total of 161 1/3 frames on the farm, Gonzales boasts a 2.68 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, and 153/38 K/BB ratio.

Jaime Garcia (shoulder) is nearing a rehab assignment and could also become an option for the Cards’ rotation at some point, but he has not been able to stay discomfort-free for an extended period of time.

Luis Urías to miss six to eight weeks with fractured hamate bone

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Robert Murray reports that Brewers infielder Luis Urías underwent surgery to repair a fractured left hamate bone, suffered during a game in the Mexican Pacific Winter League. The club expects him to miss six to eight weeks, which likely means he will not start the regular season on time.

The Brewers acquired Urías from the Padres along with pitcher Eric Lauer in late November in exchange for pitcher Zach Davies and outfielder Trent Grisham.

Last season with the Padres, Urías hit .223/.329/.326 across 249 plate appearances. While his offense isn’t anything to write home about, he does play above-average defense with the ability to play several positions.

Urías was slated to be the regular shortstop, so his late start likely means Orlando Arcia will get another chance to prove himself. Arcia has failed to live up to expectations across four seasons in the big leagues thus far.