BALTIMORE – Miguel Gonzalez hopes to pitch again this season. But, first he’ll have to rest. He had an MRI on his right shoulder and elbow and nothing alarming was found.
“The results I was pretty happy. It’s just a little bit of inflammation, tendinitis, on my elbow and shoulder so that’s really good news,” Gonzalez said.
“Just try to get the inflammation down and go day-by-day and see what happens. Hopefully, I’ll be able to throw in a couple days.”
Gonzalez, who may be placed on the disabled list to allow the Orioles to recall another pitcher, will probably accompany the team on its upcoming road trip to Toronto and New York.
“I’m excited cause things like this you never know what can happen. But once we get the results back and were able to see what was wrong, it was definitely a positive and a plus there for sure,” Gonzalez said.
Gonzalez, who is 9-11 with a 4.85 ERA, has lost five straight decisions and hasn’t won in his last seven starts.
“About two weeks ago, felt it in the shoulder. Little fatigue. treating it and all that but it wasn't getting any better. I think it was just a matter of getting some rest and getting to step back a little bit,” Gonzalez said.
“Honestly, i was feeling fine. Fatigue? Most of the guys can tell you they are fatigued right now, they are tired. But mine was a little worse than others.”
Manager Buck Showalter said that Gonzalez would have to rest for 15 days following his cortisone injection.
"I think he's one of our hardest-working guys. I know he came into the season, his goal was to pitch between 190-210 innings. That was really something he wanted to do. And you've seen through the last two or three years with him, how many offs we give him because you kind of get to know your guys a little bit and it's worth the effort and whatever it takes to give that to him. So I know it's disappointing for him. He's frustrated not to be able to get to that threshold where he wants to, but it's not for work and programs,” Showalter said.
Gonzalez and Showalter were both asked after a start last week about his health, and both said nothing was amiss.
“Just for me it was the command that was an issue, I thought more than anything. So you always have suspicions when you have a track record with somebody and they're not following it. What's wrong? Players realize like he said that nobody is 100 percent this time of the year. It's a matter of what his private thoughts were and what he was feeling. I'm not going to sit there and quiz him,” Showalter said.