Marco Gonzales feeling renewed discomfort in pectoral

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More bad news on the Cardinals’ starting pitching depth from Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com

Left-hander Marco Gonzales will miss his next start with Triple-A Memphis, initially scheduled for Monday, after again feeling tightness around the left pectoral muscle while doing his flat ground throwing work on Saturday.

It’s the same issue that sidelined Gonzales after his April 20 start, though the lefty was back on the mound by May 9 and has made three starts since.

Gonzales pitched well in his latest outing for Memphis, striking out seven and allowing only one run over six innings, and he was almost certain to be the next man up for the St. Louis rotation. Jaime Garcia is filling Adam Wainwright’s spot right now, but Garcia can’t seem to keep his left shoulder from barking.

Wainwright is done for the season with a ruptured left Achilles tendon and now Gonzales appears to be facing an extended shutdown period. Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak may be forced into an early trade for someone who can eat innings. The health of Garcia grows more important by the second. He’s making $9.25 million in the final guaranteed year of his contract with St. Louis.

Brad Ausmus interviewing for Astros manager job

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I did the Handsome Managers list in December. Thought I had moved on. Thought I’d never have to think about him again. But here is, walking right back in my door: Brad Ausmus is interviewing for the vacant Astros manager job. So reports Brian McTaggart of MLB.com.

Ausmus played for the Astros longer than he played for any other team in the bigs, notching ten years of service in two stints and playing on the 2005 NL Pennant-winning club. As a manager, you know, that he led the Tigers for four seasons and was the Angels’ skipper last year.

Houston has already interviewed Dusty Baker for the job. They’ll presumably want someone in place before spring training begins in a few weeks.