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Nationals place Gio Gonzalez (shoulder) on DL

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 18, 2014 at 6:01 pm •  Published: May 18, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Nationals placed Gio Gonzalez on the 15-day disabled list Sunday because of inflammation in his pitching shoulder.

The 28-year-old left-hander had an MRI on Sunday that Nationals manager Matt Williams said showed "no structural damage."

"He's got some inflammation," Williams said. "He'll be shut down for four to five days. No throwing, no nothing. Then we'll start him back on a program."

Gonzalez (3-4) dropped his third straight start in Saturday's 5-2 loss to the New York Mets. He lasted only three innings, allowing five runs and seven hits, which raised his ERA to 4.62. Gonzalez gave up seven runs and nine hits in his previous start at Oakland.

General manager Mike Rizzo said before the MRI that Gonzalez would miss two starts after getting the MRI, in which dye is injected.

"The tests came back great," Williams said. "We'll build him back up. Love to have him when he's ready."

The Nationals recalled Ryan Mattheus from Triple-A Syracuse.

Gonzalez left a start in late April because of shoulder tightness.

"He passed a strength test. Combined having a little soreness (Saturday) with a little soreness a month ago, we thought this was a prudent way to do it," Rizzo said before Sunday's series finale with the New York Mets.

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