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Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez could throw in 'a couple of days'

Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez said the soreness in the front of his right shoudler is something new.

Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez could throw in 'a couple of days'

CLEARWATER, Fla. — Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez said the soreness in the front of his right shoulder is something new. He never felt such a pain while pitching in Cuba, or while the Phillies conditioned him to American baseball. A "little pinch" during a long toss Tuesday was the first sign of distress.

"This popped up on me," Gonzalez said through a translator.

The $12 million Cuban import is expected to begin 2014 in the minors. This injury will sideline him for at least a few more days while the soreness subsides. There is no MRI planned, although that could change.

Gonzalez did not know when he would test his shoulder again.

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The 27-year-old righthander permitted five earned runs on six hits and six walks in 2 2/3 innings. The Phillies originally offered $48 million until health concerns prompted an amended agreement.

"As long as I'm here, I feel like I have an opportunity," Gonzalez said. "[The injury] is something out of my control. I feel like as long as I'm still here I have a shot."


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