BALTIMORE – The normally ebullient Miguel Gonzalez admitted the obvious on Thursday when the Orioles placed him on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right groin.
“A little bummed. I understand it’s the right thing to do. It’s not feeling any better. It’s still sore. As I walk, I feel it, so I think we’ll just go from there and see what happens,” Gonzalez said.
Gonzalez, who left Tuesday night’s start with Boston in the fifth inning was placed on the DL retroactive to Tuesday. He’ll be eligible to return on June 25. Mike Wright was recalled from Norfolk to take Gonzalez’s place on the roster.
The Orioles feel compelled to make a move because they’re without Brian Matusz for the next three games due to his suspension, and they don’t want to play shorthanded.
Gonzalez thinks that if that wasn’t the situation, it would have been possible to skip Sunday’s scheduled start and then make his next turn.
“You don’t want to be out longer than you really need. We understand we’re short one guy. We all know Mike Wright is going to start Sunday,” Gonzalez said.
Gonzalez hasn’t yet discussed a possible rehab assignment with manager Buck Showalter.
“We don’t want to rush it. Right now it’s not the time to do it. We’ll just take our time and be ready in two weeks,” Gonzalez said.
Showalter said Gonzalez had a similar injury in 2012, but thought this was slightly worse.
"He's had some history with it," Showalter said. "You go out and start testing it, and you might set back the return date, but they're real confident they know what they're dealing with," Showalter said.