SARASOTA, Fla. – Some took Buck Showalter’s comments after Tuesday game against Toronto as a message to Miguel Gonzalez.
Showalter warned that people shouldn’t assume that there wasn’t competition for the starting jobs. Gonzalez, who’s had two rough starts, has an option remaining.
The Orioles like pitchers who have options remaining so they can recall fresh pitchers from Norfolk when they want.
Odrisamer Despaigne, Kevin Gausman, Mychal Givens, Tyler Wilson and Mike Wright are among pitchers who have options left, making them attractive.
Gonzalez, who was hampered with shoulder tendinitis last season, says that despite the 22.24 ERA, he’s fine.
“I’m healthy. I’m feeling good. I came in with the mentality that everything was going to be good. I was going to be able to get through my soreness, my tendinitis I had and all that. Right now I’m feeling good and that’s important for me,” Gonzalez said.
His next start will be on Friday in Tampa against New York.
“I’m confident. I’ve played against the Yankees plenty of time, Your mentality has to be strong, stay strong and be positive. Things will turn around. That’s what we’re here for. We’re here to work on things. I’m going to try and get better,” Gonzalez said.
He didn’t come to camp thinking he had to pitch his way onto the team.
“Buck knows what he’s doing. I’m been here before. I’ve been part of the team for a couple of years. I feel like I’ve established myself in the big leagues,” Gonzalez said.
“We have guys that are coming in and trying to start…You can’t think about those things. We’ve got to worry about ourselves and work hard and be ourselves.”
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