Gorzelanny heads to DL with elbow issue

Gorzelanny heads to DL with elbow issue

WASHINGTON -- Following Friday's 2-1 victory over the Padres, the Nationals placed left-hander Tom Gorzelanny on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 24, because of left elbow inflammation.

In his last two starts, Gorzelanny pitched 10 2 /3 innings and allowed nine runs on 16 hits. It's not known if he was hurt during those starts. For the season, Gorzelanny is 2-4 with a 4.25 ERA in nine starts. Gorzelanny was acquired from the Cubs on January 19 for three Minor Leaguers.

Gorzelanny was scheduled to pitch against the Padres on Sunday, and it's not known who will replace him in the rotation. One thing is certain: the pitcher will come from Triple-A Syracuse. The Nationals are not announcing who that pitcher will be until Saturday.

Right-handers Yunesky Maya or Craig Stammen could get the call. Maya will be on five days' rest Sunday. He is 1-4 with a 3.79 ERA in nine starts for the Chiefs. Stammen is scheduled to pitch Saturday for Syracuse, but could be pushed back a day. He is 4-2 with a 3.62 ERA in eight starts.