Miguel Gonzalez

Shoulder surgery likely ends Miguel Gonzalez's second stint with White Sox

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Shoulder surgery likely ends Miguel Gonzalez's second stint with White Sox

It would appear that Miguel Gonzalez's second stint in a White Sox uniform has come to an end.

The team announced that the veteran starting pitcher had shoulder surgery Wednesday and that his expected recovery time is nine to 12 months. That would obviously run past the end of the one-year deal he signed during the offseason, effectively wrapping up his time with the White Sox.

Gonzalez returned to the South Side after being traded away last summer in an August deal with the Texas Rangers. He was brought back on a one-year contract knowing full well that part of his role this season would be to help mentor young starting pitchers Reynaldo Lopez and Lucas Giolito, each important pieces of the White Sox rebuild in their first full major league seasons.

Gonzalez made just three starts before hitting the disabled list in April. He was rocked in those outings to the tune of a 12.41 ERA, allowing five, four and eight earned runs in the starts, respectively.

All in all, Gonzalez made 48 starts in a White Sox uniform over the last three seasons with a 4.39 ERA.

Danny Farquhar returns to White Sox clubhouse: 'He's a walking miracle'

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Danny Farquhar returns to White Sox clubhouse: 'He's a walking miracle'

Incredibly, Danny Farquhar was back at work Tuesday.

He won’t actually be working again this year — doctor’s orders — but the fact that just 18 days after suffering a brain hemorrhage the White Sox pitcher was visiting his teammates in the home clubhouse at Guaranteed Rate Field is just plain amazing.

Or as Nate Jones described it:

“Where he’s at, he’s a walking miracle.”

Farquhar was discharged from the hospital a day earlier, tremendous news considering the mystery that surrounded every aspect of his future after he collapsed in the third-base dugout during the sixth inning of that April 20 game against the Houston Astros. But his doctor believes he will be able to pitch in a major league game again someday, even if it’s not this season.

For Farquhar’s teammates, it was a joy to see him again, considering the last time he was in that clubhouse he was being wheeled out of it after suffering a ruptured aneurysm.

“He was just happy to be here,” Miguel Gonzalez said. “He was like, ‘Man, I’m so excited to come back and see you guys and be around you guys.’ It’s something special for him to be here. And to go through all of what he did, we’re very happy to see him.

“He’s like, ‘I don’t know how I long I’ll be out, but I’ll be throwing some live BP soon.’ That’s what he told us. We’re happy to see him, and it was fun to be around him. He came to his locker and saw his locker. There’s really not many words that we can say having him around.”

The tributes have been numerous while Farquhar has recovered. Teammates have written salutes on their caps, worn “Pray for 43” shirts around the clubhouse and hung his jersey in the bullpen. But now the jersey, at least, might need to come down, that is if Jones feels like honoring the promise he made.

“I said we would keep it flying until he walked in here,” Jones said, “and sure enough he walked in here.”

Teammates didn’t want to put too much on Farquhar, who supposedly only visited for about an hour. But they were happy to report that he was acting like the same guy he was before, joking around, talking baseball and looking for something to eat.

That normalcy is what’s so astonishing. And relieving.

“You just never know. Going through (what) he did, that he’s walking and being like a normal person now, it’s crazy,” Gonzalez said. “It’s fun to have him back. We’re excited that he’s doing well now, and hopefully he’ll be able to come and play baseball again.”

That’s a long road, obviously. But the confidence of his doctor and from his teammates makes you think that it’s nowhere near an impossible one.

“I wouldn’t limit Danny to anything,” Rick Renteria said. “You can’t place a limit on the size of a man’s heart, and he has a lot of drive and we’re just glad that he’s out of the hospital now and recovering well. He still has to take it easy for a couple more weeks, just monitor himself, but I wouldn’t put anything past Danny in terms of what he may or may not be able to do.”

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo by watching Miguel Gonzalez sing with a mariachi band

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo by watching Miguel Gonzalez sing with a mariachi band

Miguel Gonzalez is a very good pitcher. But he has other talents, too.

Yes, Gonzalez can sing. Like he can really sing. There's a good reason he's nicknamed "El Mariachi."

White Sox manager Rick Renteria knows this, of course, so he paraded his injured pitcher over to a group of young musicians from the Mariachi Heritage Foundation practicing ahead of their Cinco de Mayo performance at Guaranteed Rate Field and had Gonzalez do his thing.

Hear Gonzalez's sensational singing skills in the video above.

Gonzalez has done pretty well for himself as a Major League Baseball player. But if he ever needs a post-playing-career gig, he should easily be able to land one as a crooner.

¡Qué fantástico!