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.