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Wed, 01 May 2013 12:11:07 -0700
Washington Nationals SP Gio Gonzalez gave up five runs and seven hits while walking a season-high five and striking out nine in just four innings to lose to the Atlanta Braves Tuesday, April 30. He has given up five or more runs in three of his six starts this year for an ERA of 5.34. He's gone only four innings in two of his starts. "It looked like he was going right after them," manager Davey Johnson said. "Obviously, he wasn't keeping the ball down and hitting his spots."
Tue, 23 Apr 2013 16:17:00 -0700
Washington Nationals SP Gio Gonzalez has allowed 12 earned runs, 12 hits and seven walks in his last nine innings over two starts against the Atlanta Braves and New York Mets, and he's struggled with high pitch counts in all four of his starts this year. Gonzalez thinks he is rushing his delivery and approach on the mound. "Speeding up the process and not taking my time," he said. He thinks his arm slot is dropping below his usual arm slot and as a result, his control has suffered. Gonzalez's velocity has also been down around one mph from last year, but the cold weather could be a factor in that.
Fantasy Tip: It's positive that Gonzalez has identified a reason for his high pitch counts early this season, and he's already started working on fixing his arm slot with Steve McCatty. Note these attempted fixes when he makes his next outing to see if anything changes.
Wed, 03 Apr 2013 21:01:58 -0700
Washington Nationals SP Gio Gonzalez (headache) developed a severe headache while warming up in the bullpen before his start Wednesday, April 3. He took some pills and had his right temple massaged by a trained, but he couldn't shake the pain. It didn't matter. He belted his second career homer, and he allowed just two hits and two walks with five strikeouts in six scoreless innings for the win.
Wed, 13 Mar 2013 07:12:45 -0700
Washington Nationals SP Gio Gonzalez will pitch in the World Baseball Classic championship game March 19, if Team USA qualifies.
Fri, 22 Feb 2013 12:16:45 -0800
Washington Nationals SP Gio Gonzalez reportedly passed the drug test that the league gave to him in late January. "Like I said before, I've never taken performance-enhancing drugs and I never will," Gonzalez said. "Two days after the story broke, I was tested for blood and urine, and both came out negative, like I expected. Throughout my entire career, it's been like that. I look forward to handling this with MLB and putting this behind me and looking forward to the season." However, the league hasn't completely absolved Gonzalez and they don't require a positive drug test to suspend a player.
Tue, 19 Feb 2013 17:18:09 -0800
Washington Nationals SP Gio Gonzalez did not receive performance-enhancing substances from Biogenesis owner Anthony Bosch or the clinic, according to two sources familiar with Bosch's operation. Next to Gonzalez's list of purchases include substances that are not under MLB's banned list of substances. One of the substances was listed as glutathione, which is an antioxidant consisting of methionine, inositol and choline, often used for weight loss.
Sun, 17 Feb 2013 10:15:45 -0800
Updating previous reports, Washington Nationals SP Gio Gonzalez might not join Team USA until the second round of the World Baseball Classic. This would allow him to make at least three appearances with the Nationals in Grapefruit League games before he begins pitching in the tournament.
Wed, 13 Feb 2013 16:54:47 -0800
Washington Nationals pitching coach Steve McCatty would have preferred for SP Gio Gonzalez to skip the chance to pitch for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic. "We're still juggling how we're going to do things, because we don't know the schedule they're trying to get him on, because their games are going to start pretty soon, too," McCatty added. "You try to get him in a spot where they see him fitting in their rotation. When we get done it'll probably look a little different than normal, because we're going to have to juggle some stuff around."
Wed, 13 Feb 2013 09:57:47 -0800
Washington Nationals SP Gio Gonzalez is expected to have two spring starts before he reports for the World Baseball Classic.
Tue, 12 Feb 2013 10:19:02 -0800
The Washington Nationals may try to swoop in and sign free-agent SP Kyle Lohse (Cardinals) with the possibility looming that SP Gio Gonzalez may face a 50-game suspension for performance-enhancing drugs. Lohse's agent, Scott Boras, has a strong relationship with the Nationals. However, this possibility may be remote since the team already forfeited their first-round pick (29th overall) to sign RP Rafael Soriano.