MINNEAPOLIS — Miguel Gonzalez will make his second start at Triple-A Charlotte sometime this weekend. His first outing pleased the White Sox.
Gonzalez looked sharper than the White Sox expected when he pitched for the Knights on Monday after nearly a two-week layoff, general manager Rick Hahn said. The right-hander allowed two runs and three hits in five innings.
But even more important is that Gonzalez’s velocity appears to be making a comeback. Hahn said he reached 92 to 93 mph on the radar gun. That could be a pleasant development for the White Sox, who would love to boast depth for their starting rotation.
“There was expected to be a little bit of rust, but he really seemed to throw the ball well for those five innings, threw strikes,” Hahn said. “In that first start, he looked good, looked healthy and looked like the kind of guy who conceivably could help us at some point.”
The White Sox signed Gonzalez to a minor league deal on April 3, several days after he was released by the Baltimore Orioles.
With questions looming about whether or not Mat Latos or John Danks could be effective pitchers, the White Sox turned to Gonzalez, who went 30-21 with a 3.45 ERA from 2012 to 2014 before he struggled last season. Both Hahn and White Sox manager Robin Ventura said the team isn’t currently considering any personnel changes, especially with the White Sox off to a 6-2 start.
“We like the group that is here,” Ventura said. “Any move you make can affect the team one way or another.
“A kneejerk reaction is pretty difficult with the way this group is performing right now.”