An Orioles pitching staff that's short-handed while Brian Matusz is suspended was dealt another blow in Tuesday's game. Starting pitcher Miguel Gonzalez was pulled from the game after only 4.1 innings pitched with what the team announced as a right groin strain.
After Dustin Pedroia grounded out to shortstop for the first out of the fifth inning, manager Buck Showalter, pitching coach Dave Wallace, and trainer Richie Bancells all came out of the dugout together and, after a very short conversation, removed Gonzalez from the game. The injury was later announced as a right groin strain.
It's not a guarantee, but it seems like nearly every time a player deals with a groin strain, that tends to mean a trip to the disabled list that will hopefully be brief. Their current roster situation may not afford them the luxury of letting a pitcher stick around if he has to have a start skipped.
If Gonzalez is in a disabled list situation, one potential way the O's could deal with that could be to recall Cesar Cabral, optioned Tuesday. They are able to bring him back before the usual 10-day rule if a player goes on the disabled list. Then when Gonzalez's turn comes up again, they can bring up Mike Wright, or whatever minor league starter they prefer, keeping the bullpen fully staffed for another few days.
Hopefully Gonzalez is fine after a little rest and there's no need to worry about any complicated roster scenarios.