WASHINGTON – Miguel Gonzalez had a successful simulated game. He threw 45 pitches plus an additional 20 in the bullpen.
Gonzalez felt strong in his Wednesday workout, and expects to throw a bullpen session in Boston this weekend.
It’s possible Gonzalez could start twice before the end of the season on Tuesday against Toronto and Oct. 4, the season’s last day against New York.
“Feel good, especially facing some hitters obviously, throwing bullpens is not the same as some live [batting practice], so I thought it was a good workout today, Gonzalez said.
He made everyone happy, especially Christian Walker, who parked a split-finger fastball about 15 rows up in the left field seats.
“Threw all of my pitches, felt good with all of them, except the one I left to Walker, a splitty up and in. It happens. They’re there for…obviously I want them to hit the ball. I want to see what’s the reaction from hitters,” Gonzalez said.
“That’s fine. Get their confidence up, that’s what we want.”
Gonzalez was joking asked if he was saving his best stuff the for the games.
“Exactly. Trying to be a good teammate,” he joked.
NOTES: According to STATS, Manny Machado became the youngest player in team history to record 500 hits on Tuesday. … Ubaldo Jimenez became the fourth Orioles pitcher to drive in a run in two different games in the designated hitter era. Mike Mussina (1999), Kris Benson (2006) and Zach Britton (2011) were the others.
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