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MLB Notebook: Cardinals’ Gonzales to have Tommy John surgery


St. Louis Cardinals left-hander Marco Gonzales will have season-ending Tommy John surgery.

General manager John Mozeliak said he expects Gonzales to have the operation Friday. Gonzales injured his elbow during spring training. The former Zag was limited to one start for the Cardinals last season because of shoulder problems.

Gonzales was 4-2 with a 4.15 ERA in 10 games as rookie in 2014 after being selected by the Cardinals in the first round of the 2013 draft. He continued his strong play in the postseason, going 2-1 with a 4.50 ERA in six games.

The standard recovery from Tommy John surgery is 12-15 months.

Braves’ Olivera arrested

Atlanta outfielder Hector Olivera was placed on paid administrative leave by the league after he was arrested and charged with assaulting a woman at a hotel outside Washington. In a news release, police said Olivera was charged with assault and battery, a misdemeanor, and bond was set at $10,000.

“It’s something that this morning you get told the news and it’s disappointing,” manager Fredi Gonzalez said before Wednesday night’s game. “Don’t want to comment on it because there’s an ongoing investigation with MLB and the local authorities, so we’ve just got to leave it at that for now. It doesn’t matter if you’re 7-0 or 0-7 when something like that happens, it’s not good.”

Atlanta has lost its first seven games of the season.

Clearing the bases

Nick Swisher signed a minor league contract with the Yankees and is expected to join Triple-A Scranton. … Michael Morse was designated for assignment by the Pirates to open a spot for right-hander AJ Schugel. … The Red Sox place Pablo Sandoval on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained left shoulder.

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