MLB notes: Marco Gonzales to debut in familiar surroundings

Marco Gonzales grew up rooting for the Colorado Rockies, even pitched at Coors Field a few times in his high school career.

Perhaps it’s only fitting the St. Louis Cardinals left-hander and former Gonzaga University ace will make his major league debut in familiar surroundings tonight.

His father, Frank Gonzales, is flying in for the occasion, taking a break from his duties as a pitching coach for the Rockies’ minor league team, the Tri-City Dust Devils.

“It’s bizarre being here, sitting here in this dugout,” Gonzales said on the eve of his first start, which just happens to be against his hometown team.

As for all the ticket requests, well, he’s letting his mom handle it so he can focus on pitching. He’s anticipating a good turnout, though, since family and friends don’t have that far to go with Fort Collins only 60 miles north of Denver.

Gonzales led Rocky Mountain High School to four straight state titles. He was a first-round pick by St. Louis in the 2013 draft following his junior season with the Bulldogs.

The Cardinals promoted the 22-year-old Gonzales from Double-A Springfield out of necessity with Michael Wacha (right shoulder stress reaction) and Jaime Garcia (left shoulder inflammation) going on the 15-day disabled list Sunday. Gonzales was 3-2 with a 2.33 ERA for Springfield.

Clearing the bases

The Athletics have recalled outfielder Josh Reddick from the 15-day disabled list. … Reds left-handed reliever Sean Marshall had season-ending shoulder surgery. … The Royals have activated left-hander Bruce Chen from the 60-day disabled list and sent him to the bullpen. … The Phillies have signed three-time All-Star Grady Sizemore to a minor league contract. … The Pirates activated second baseman Neil Walker from the 15-day disabled list.

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