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.
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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