Nationals' starter Gio Gonzalez was removed from Wednesday night's game in the sixth inning after complaining of tightness in his left shoulder.

The game time temperature was 54 degrees, a cold night for the 23rd of April, and manager Matt Williams described the move as precautionary. Gonzalez is not expected to miss any time at this point.

"It’s a cold night tonight," Williams said. "Gio had a little shoulder tightness tonight. Ordinarily I wouldn’t take him out of the game there. But we want to make sure he’s okay for our future, too. Cold and windy. He had a little bit of tightness. We wanted to make sure he’s okay. That’s the reason for that."

Gonzalez - who threw only 83 pitches before being removed - said his shoulder did not tighten up until late into his start.

"After the fifth inning, just started getting a little colder. Felt a little tight. And Matt just started seeing that in the sixth inning. I feel fine now, did all my exercises, feel great."

Gonzalez is traditionally a very durable pitcher, the most reliable on the Nationals' staff. He has pitched at least 195 innings for four consecutive seasons and has never had a prolonged injury absence.