Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Gonzalez unsure when he'll throw again

Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez was expected to be in the Phillies rotation when he signed a three-year, $12 million contract seven months ago. He has been shaky in two spring outings and now he has a sore shoulder and an uncertain future.

Gonzalez unsure when he'll throw again

Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez is pulled and replaced by Kevin Munson during a spring training game against the Yankees. (David Swanson/Staff Photographer)
Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez is pulled and replaced by Kevin Munson during a spring training game against the Yankees. (David Swanson/Staff Photographer)

Twenty-four hours earlier, Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez was in shorts and sandals. After a brief workout, his work day was over before 11 a.m. as he exited the Carpenter Complex.

Gonzalez, the 27-year-old Cuban free agent rookie, has a sore shoulder.

He was back in uniform on Thursday for pregame work with the Phillies, but he's still unsure when he'll pitch again. Gonzalez last pitched six days ago (Friday) in Sarasota.

He said he first felt the pain on Tuesday while throwing long toss.

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"On one throw," Gonzalez said through a translator, "I felt a pinch."

Gonzalez said his arm felt "a lot better" on Thursday.

Gonzalez was checked out by the medical staff on Wednesday and GM Ruben Amaro Jr. said it was only soreness, a day-to-day injury. But when asked about the possibility of an MRI on Thursday, Gonzalez was uncertain.

He'll continue to rest the shoulder with the hope that he can pitch again this weekend. Gonzalez still believes he has the chance to make the Opening Day roster, even with just two weeks remaining in camp.

"As long as I’m here, I feel like I have an opportunity," he said. "(The injury) is something out of my control. I feel like as long as I’m still here I have a shot."

Gonzalez has allowed five runs on six hits and six walks in two Grapefruit League games this spring.




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