Tom Gorzelanny Likely To Start Season On DL


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Milwaukee Brewers’ LHP Tom Gorzelanny is likely to begin the 2014 season on the disabled list.

Gorzelanny, 31, underwent shoulder surgery this offseason, but was expected to make a full recovery by Opening Day on March 31. Brewers’ manager Ron Roenicke told Adam McCalvy of that the lefty is running out of time to get healthy.

"He’s still a ways away [from pitching in a game]. It doesn’t look real good [unless] something happens to where he comes around really fast. I don’t think [he’s going to miss Opening Day] by a lot, unless there’s setbacks, but we’re pushing it a little."

In 43 appearances (10 starts) in 2013, Gorzelanny posted a 3.90 ERA. Out of the bullpen, however, he pitched on a much higher level, finishing the season with an ERA of .270.

Gorzelanny will join Will Smith as the only current left-handed pitchers on the 25-man roster. Southpaws Wei-Chung Wang and Zach Duke are both vying for a roster/bullpen spot and could become especially important if Gorzelanny does indeed need a DL stint before pitching this season.