Marco Gonzales reassigned to Cardinals minor league camp


Marco Gonzales has been reassigned to the St. Louis Cardinals minor league camp. The 2013 first-round draft pick had been experiencing discomfort in his forearm this spring.
Feb 24, 2014; Jupiter, FL, USA; St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Marco Gonzales (74) poses during photo day at Roger Dean Stadium. Image Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
After undergoing tests to make sure that there was no damage, Gonzales was cleared to resume throwing.

In his only outing this spring in the Grapefruit League, the former Gonzaga pitcher gave up two runs, three walks, and two hits. He is expected to be in the starting rotation in one of the full-season minor league affiliates.

Depending on how Gonzales progresses throughout the season, he could earn a spot on the Cardinals with a September call-up. The Cardinals have pitching depth so they are in no rush to get him up to St. Louis.

Post-Dispatch writer Rick Hummel spoke with former Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran, now with the New York Yankees, about his two seasons as a Cardinal.

Beltran told Hummel that he had considered resigning with the Cardinals but the one year offer was not good enough to get a deal done to return to St. Louis. With the Yankees, he’ll have the option of serving as DH and close in on 400 home runs. As things stand now, the two-year Cardinal will be elected into the Hall of Fame or suffer the Jack Morris treatment of being on the ballot for all 15 years while writers scrutinize his candidacy for the Hall.

After the loss to the Washington Nationals, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny talked about Aledmys Diaz and what he saw in the Cuban prospect. The manager offered comparisons to Derek Jeter.

"Matheny described with a scout’s eye what Diaz showed: clean fielding, different arm slot but good power on his throws, and “the ball jumped off his bat.”"

Shelby Miller takes the start for the Cardinals today against the Detroit Tigers.