District Daily: Gio’s Throwing Postponed, Things Turn Around for Tanner Roark


May 11, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Washington Nationals pitching coach Steve McCatty (54, right) talks to starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez (47) during the fifth inning against the Oakland Athletics at O.co Coliseum. The Athletics defeated the Nationals 9-1. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

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Gio’s throwing postponed due to stiff shoulder

(Bill Ladson, MLB.com)

PITTSBURGH — Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez was scheduled to play catch Friday, but that was postponed because his shoulder was stiff. He is hoping to play catch Saturday, according to manager Matt Williams.

The Nationals are not concerned about this latest setback, saying sometimes they have to make adjustments as far as when he could throw. Gonzalez was placed on the 15-day disabled list this past Sunday with shoulder inflammation. The Nationals didn’t give a timetable on Gonzalez’s return to the big leagues, but they estimated he would miss at least two starts. It looks like he may miss more that. Read full article here.

McLouth reflects on past with Pirates

(Bill Ladson, MLB.com)

PITTSBURGH — Nationals outfielder Nate McLouth had mixed emotions when he played in Thursday’s game against the Pirates. He started his Major League career in Pittsburgh in 2005 and stayed with the team until the middle of the 2009 season when he was traded to the Braves.

McLouth calls making his Major League debut against the Nationals at Robert F. Kennedy Stadium his biggest highlight as a member of the Pirates.

“[PNC] is a neat place,” McLouth said. “I really enjoyed my time. I love the stadium. It’s one of my favorites. I was lucky enough to play here a few years. It’s where I started my Major League career.” Read full article here.

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