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Gonzalez Lands on DL, McBride Recalled

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Update: Rotoworld has confirmed this adding that while he didn't feel any pain, his elbow hasn't been quite right since the Pirates had to shut him down a month before the end of last season, and at some point it may require surgery. Don't read to far into that last part though, that is complete speculation. Martin Gandy over at Talking Chop is reporting that Mike Gonzalez has been placed on the 15-day DL with a left elbow strain and Macay McBride called up from Richmond to replace him. I haven't been able to confirm the report, but if it is true this would be a big hit for the pen. This comes in the wake of last night's appearance where Gonzalez topped out at 83 mph with his fastball. After the game last night he said, "You don't see me throwing anything less than 89 or 90 miles an hour. Tonight, I was maxing out at 82 and 83. It's definitely frustrating. The pain isn't there. So it's hard to distinguish what is going on. Maybe it's just a bad day." If this is true it came at a pretty good time with Bob Wickman coming off the DL tonight for the game against the Nationals. McBride, who issued 11 walks in 3 innings before getting sent down, has a 3.13 ERA with 24 strikeouts and only 7 walks in his 23 innings of work for the Braves' triple-A affiliate. If he does come back as effective as the last half of '06, then the damage will be minimized. Check back for any updates. I was almost expecting either Chad Paronto or Oscar Villareal sent down today but I doubt Bobby would shuffle the bullpen so much in a day. Those two just have to keep in mind that they have Phil Stockman, Joey Devine, and Blaine Boyer now breathing down their necks. Without Gonzalez, Cox and Schuerholz may have an even tighter leash on the poorly performing relievers than before. Feel free to discuss over at Braves-Nation.
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