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Gio progresses, throws from 120 feet off flat ground

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WASHINGTON -- For the third straight day Monday, Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez (shoulder inflammation) threw on flat ground as part of his rehab program.

Gonzalez surrendered five earned runs on seven hits over three innings in his last start on May 17 against the Mets. Following that performance, the Nationals placed the pitcher on the 15-day disabled list.

On Sunday, manager Matt Williams said Gonzalez threw from a distance of about 90 feet. Gonzalez stretched out to a distance of 120 feet while throwing before the game on Monday, and Williams said the left-hander would toss from a similar distance on Tuesday.

"We'll see where he is and then we'll try and line up a bullpen from there," Williams said. "But he threw well today, and he felt good today."

Daniel Popper is an associate reporter for MLB.com. He also can be found on Twitter @danielrpopper. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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