Gio Gonzalez was scheduled to throw 50 pitches on Sunday. (The Washington Post/Getty Images)
Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez threw a simulated game on Sunday morning and could return to the mound June 11 in San Francisco against the Giants, according to a report from James Wagner of the Washington Post.
He was set to throw 50 pitches on Sunday against live batters. Gonzalez's next step is to throw five or six innings in a rehab game at the end of this week. The two-time All-Star has been on the disabled list with an inflamed left shoulder since May 18.
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Teammate Tyler Moore, one of the hitters on Sunday, talked about how Gonzalez looked:
“His velo was up. His curveball was sharp. Change-up was good. Throwing strikes when he needed to. He was trying to work on his curveball for a strike so he did it a few times. I think he looked good. Tough at-bat for sure.”
Gonzalez, 28, has a 4.62 ERA through nine starts this season.