District Daily: Elbow Issue Lands Prospect Solis On DL, Gio Set for Rehab Start Friday


May 17, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez (47) throws during the first inning against the New York Mets at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

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Elbow issue lands prospect Solis on Double-A DL

(Daniel Popper, MLB.com)

WASHINGTON — Nationals pitching prospect Sammy Solis was placed on the seven-day disabled list at Double-A Harrisburg on Tuesday due to elbow discomfort, MLB.com has confirmed. MASNsports.com was the first to report about Solis’ condition.

The injury takes on more significance considering the left-hander, the Nationals’ No. 5-ranked prospect, underwent Tommy John surgery in 2012. He returned in 2013 and posted a 3.32 ERA in 59 2/3 innings, 57 2/3 of which came with Class A Advanced Potomac. Read full article here.

Gio set to make rehab start Friday at Class A

(Daniel Popper, MLB.com)

WASHINGTON — Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez (shoulder inflammation) will make a start for Class A Advanced Potomac on Friday as part of his rehab process.

Gonzalez threw around 50 pitches in his last bullpen session, and manager Matt Williams said the pitcher would look to increase his pitch count to around 65 pitches during his start on Friday.

“He feels good and he’s ready to go,” Williams said. Read full article here.

Washington Nationals’ Blake Treinen takes slow road to throwing fastballs in majors

(Adam Kilgore, Washington Post)

Blake Treinen walked into the baseball office at the University of Arkansas and asked to speak with Coach Dave Van Horn. He’s not in today, the secretary told Treinen. Out recruiting. Treinen had come this far, from a map-dot town in eastern Kansas, and he only wanted a chance. He replied he could wait for an assistant instead. Minutes after Treinen took a seat, Van Horn walked past the waiting room and into his office.

“Wasn’t that him?” Treinen asked.

“No,” the secretary said. “That wasn’t him.”

Treinen knew it was.

Still, he stayed. Another few minutes passed, and an assistant emerged. He knew Treinen’s history, how he had thrown 79-mph fastballs for his small-town Kansas high school, how he pitched on the junior varsity at an NAIA college, how he now wanted to try out as a walk-on at a Southeastern Conference power. Read full article here.