Friday, May 27, 2011
Gorzelanny to DL with elbow injury
The move is retroactive to Tuesday, the day after Gorzelanny allowed six runs in five innings against the Brewers. The 28-year-old hadn't previously revealed any arm issues, at least not publicly.
Gorzelanny, who is 2-4 with 4.25 ERA in nine starts, was scheduled to return to the mound Sunday afternoon. The Nationals will make a corresponding move before tomorrow's game, and they appear to have several options.
Either right-hander Yunesky Maya or left-hander Ross Detwiler could be promoted from Class AAA Syracuse and start Sunday on at least four days' rest. Maya has been the better of the two recently, though his 1-4 record and 3.79 ERA aren't sparkling. Detwiler, though, is 3-4 with a 5.77 ERA and was pounded for eight runs and 10 hits in 3 2/3 innings Tuesday at Rochester.
Because of yesterday's off-day, the Nationals also could elect to bump Livan Hernandez (and possibly Jason Marquis) up a day in the rotation and still have each pitch on regular rest. That would give them until Tuesday to call up another starter, perhaps opening the door for Brad Meyers to make his big-league debut. The 25-year-old right-hander has been the organization's best pitcher so far this season, going a combined 6-2 with a 2.70 ERA in 10 starts between Syracuse and Class AA Harrisburg, posting a remarkable 57-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
Meyers, however, is not on the 40-man roster, so his promotion would require the removal of another player.
Posted by Mark Zuckerman at 11:13 PM