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Posted at 3:17 PM ET, 02/25/2011

Illness before spring a slight complication for Tom Gorzelanny

By Adam Kilgore

While they believe he is and will be fine, the Nationals are keeping an eye on the spring training progression of newly acquired left-handed starter Tom Gorzelanny, who suffered from a sinus infection and walking pneumonia for the two weeks immediately preceding spring training - "seriously bad timing," Gorzelanny said.

Gorzelanny spent the winter in Chicago, his previous home with the Cubs. In the cold and 20 inches of snow, he started feeling sick, which complicated his move to Viera and hindered his offseason preparation.

"I was down for the count for a while," Gorzelanny said. "Conditioning-wise, it was tough to get back into. Arm-wise, it was fine. I was still throwing."

Gorzelanny had planned on arriving in Viera two weeks early, but a snowstorm canceled his flight. Then his illness set in, delaying his arrival again.

"Right when I got down here," Gorzelanny said, "I felt better."

At this point, Gorzelanny is mostly up to speed with the rest of the Nationals pitching staff, throwing bullpen sessions and live batting practice. But the Nationals are aware he could be still be slightly behind in some areas and will take any necessary precaution.

"I'm throwing normal," Gorzelanny said. "I'm not trying to push anything."

By Adam Kilgore  | February 25, 2011; 3:17 PM ET
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Please confirm: he was still throwing while he had walking pneumonia?

Posted by: joemktg1 | February 25, 2011 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Gotta love ballplayers, eh, joe?

Posted by: Scooter_ | February 25, 2011 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Let's hope he's over the walking pneumonia and that he comes down with strikeout fever.

Posted by: BobLHead | February 25, 2011 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Let's hope he's over the walking pneumonia and that he comes down with strikeout fever.

Posted by: BobLHead | February 25, 2011 4:03 PM | Report abuse

I'd settle for the boogie-woogie flu.

Posted by: Scooter_ | February 25, 2011 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like he had the throwing pneumonia too. Or does the "walking" part mean he wasn't throwing strikes?

Posted by: nunof1 | February 25, 2011 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Good one, nunof1.

I expect periculum to show up shortly and tell us all this means is that Gorzelanny will only win 20 games this year, not 25...

Posted by: baltova1 | February 25, 2011 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Dang, Scooter, I came this close (holds up thumb and index finger) to posting the same thing. Great song...

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | February 25, 2011 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Looks like Frank Robinson couldn't care less about the Natinals since this spring he's been hanging out with the O's.


Of course, you can't really blame Frank. Who in their right might would want to be linked with the Natinals?

Posted by: P00PY_MCP00P | February 25, 2011 6:52 PM | Report abuse

If both Detwiler AND Gorzelanny prove to
be the choices in this rotation do they trot
out 3 lefties? Lannan to the Cards? With
Milone almost ready looks like it may be
in the Cards.

Posted by: periculum | February 25, 2011 7:30 PM | Report abuse

"In the cards"?

Really, you must be a tv sitcom writer b/c I've seen things in my toilet that are funnier.

Posted by: P00PY_MCP00P | February 25, 2011 7:31 PM | Report abuse

peric, I understand you're single-minded in your purpose for the team to be rid of Lannan (and Livo & Marquis, for that matter), but who would you expect back from the Cardinals for the said trade offer of Lannan? Just curious...

Posted by: BinM | February 25, 2011 8:14 PM | Report abuse

BinM, I would sure love to get Rasmus.

Posted by: jcampbell1 | February 25, 2011 9:19 PM | Report abuse


I'm not "single-minded"? Its more about symmetry ... or what fits and what doesn't? Lannan, Milone, and Rosenbaum. All lefties, all very similar styles? But too many for one major league roster? That is why Rizzo is accumulating as many starting pitchers, catchers, and MI as he can. Given he and his staff some will definitely pan out. Then what? Trades for players the franchise needs ... hopefully promising prospects ... the Lerners have loosened the purse string so I would hazard that one can assume that Rizzo can pretty much sign whoever he wants using the money from the wealthiest owners in major league baseball? So, trades should be about acquiring prospects? Right?

Rasumus would be interesting to say the least but I would be looking for Eduardo Sanchez, Jaime Garcia, and Lance Lynn if one or more can be pried away ... Shelby Miller (their top guy) would likely be out of reach.

Posted by: periculum | February 25, 2011 11:54 PM | Report abuse

@jcampbell & peric:
Rasmus would be interesting, but in looking over the Cardinals' roster & depth, they have 1) a lot of young arms, 2) decent depth at catcher, but look weakest at 3B, SS & the OF. IMO, they don't match-up all that well for a trade, and I'd doubt they want to take on much in salary either.

They may just decide to ride out the loss of Wainwright with a rotation of Carpenter / Westbrook / Garcia / Lohse / Tallet-Boggs-Walters to start the season.

Posted by: BinM | February 26, 2011 10:14 AM | Report abuse


At age 26 even with the new salary Lannan is an awful lot cheaper with upside (due to youth) than a Marquis. This is a salary the Cardinals could surely manage and they need an "innings eater". Lannan certainly qualifies.

Again, the Nats lose only what they've already replicated in Organization Pitcher of the Year lefty Tom Milone and runner lefty Danny Rosenbaum. Both moving rapidly toward the majors.

Posted by: periculum | February 26, 2011 11:19 AM | Report abuse

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