SARASOTA, Fla. – Kevin Gausman has been diagnosed with tendinitis in the right shoulder, and he was given a cortisone injection on Sunday morning, manager Buck Showalter said.
“Just kind of working his way through and decided to take an injection today. He decided to take one just to hopefully get it cleared up. He’ll be down for about three days from the injection before we pick back up again. He’s been on the treatment list for about a week or so,” Showalter said.
[Trainer Richie Bancells] and the doctors and Kevin decided to go ahead just to see if they could get it out of there while they’ve got time. We’ll adjust his schedule a little bit.”
Gausman is expected to be one of the team’s five starters.
“I don’t know if it’s a big concern…he’s had some inflammation in there, and we just want to get rid of that. We feel good about it structurally, hasn’t managed to go away completely. When we have some time here, try and clear it up before we break camp. Hopefully, that’s all it is. See where we are in two or three days. He won’t pick up a ball for two or three days.”
Last May, Gausman was placed on the disabled list with tendinitis. He ended the season with a 4-7 record and 4.25 ERA.
“We thought it would manage and once we reached this date and getting closer to the season, we just wanted to take that precaution to try and let him get that last bit out of there,” Showalter said.
If Gausman isn’t ready to start the season, Showalter can choose from Odrisamer Despaigne, Tyler Wilson, Vance Worley or Mike Wright. Worley does not have options remaining,
NOTES: Matt Wieters, who’s been out with right elbow soreness since Mar. 12, resumed throwing from 60 feet and took live batting practice. … Brad Brach, Mychal Givens, Darren O’Day and Tyler Wilson were scheduled to pitch at Twin Lakes on Sunday. … Yovani Gallardo and Jeff Beliveau are scheduled to pitch on Monday at Twin Lakes.
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