Nationals Place Starting Pitcher Gio Gonzalez on the DL

Gary Bogdon/MLB Photos via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Another injury has hit the Washington Nationals.  Starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez has been placed on the disabled list with inflammation in his pitching shoulder.

Gonzalez hasn't been his usual reliable self recently, and the shoulder injury may be the reason. A recent MRI revelaed the inflammation, but according to the team revealed "no structural damage."

Against the New York Mets on Sunday, Gonzalez gave up five earned run in just three inings of work. He's given up 12 earned runs his last two starts, and the team hopes a trip to the DL is just what Gonzalez needs.

"He's a big key to the ball club," Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said. "We'd like to get him back. We're going to take our time and be careful with him because he's vital to the ball club."

Now in his third season with the Nationals, the 28-year-old Gonzalez has been one of the more consistent pitchers in baseball since he was acquired by the team from the Oakland Athletics.

In nine starts this season, Gonzalez is 3-4 with a 4.62 ERA.

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