Thursday, February 11, 2016

McClure: Miguel Gonzalez better Saturday

Miguel Gonzalez's first bullpen session Thursday in front of reporters was not impressive; Saturday's was improved.

McClure: Miguel Gonzalez better Saturday


CLEARWATER, Fla. — Miguel Gonzalez is scrutinized whenever he takes the mound, and that will only intensify once Grapefruit League games commence. His first bullpen session Thursday in front of reporters was not impressive; Saturday's was improved.

"He looked more fluid today," pitching coach Bob McClure said. "He threw a little longer playing long toss. He got a little looser. He looked better."

The test will be when Gonzalez, who signed for $12 million, sees major-league hitters. McClure said one of the challenges is refining Gonzalez's repertoire, which runs six or seven pitches deep. The pitching coach would prefer a three- or four-pitch arsenal.

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