GM Matt Klentak said Gonzalez will get an opportunity to compete for a job this spring if he is healthy, the Phillies' official site reports. Gonzalez missed most of last season with shoulder issues. He is currently pitching in the Venezuelan winter league where he is 0-4 with a 4.88 ERA and a 19:10 K:BB ratio in 27.2 innings. The Phillies could give him a look as a starter or a reliever.
Phillies pitchers Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez and Ethan Martin are both experiencing elbow inflammation, according to the Philadelphia Daily News. Both players are in minor-league camps with the Phillies and underwent MRIs.
The Phillies announced Wednesday they reassigned outfielder Brian Bogusevic to minor-league camp. They also outrighted pitchers Phillippe Aumont and Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Phillies pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez is set to begin the second year of a three-year, $12 million contract in the minors after he was demoted to the minors on Sunday. However, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. is not ready yet to call Gonzalez's contract a mistake. "We don't know (if it was a mistake) yet," Amaro said, per CSNPhilly.com. "We'll know when it's all said and done. I was asked the same question about Pat Burrell. When we won the World Series, did we regret it? "It's disappointing that Miguel hasn't gotten there. But it's not the end of the world yet. We'll see. We've still got time. We're hopeful he can step it up. If he can't, he can't." Gonzalez was hit hard this spring. He gave up 25 hits, including five home runs, in 14 1/3 innings. "His stuff and his location just wasn't good enough to make our club," Amaro said. "The stuff wasn't there. He wasn't throwing well enough to make our club. "The ball is coming out of his hand better, a lot better than it was last year, but it's just not there right now. Hopefully it can get there at some point."
The Phillies optioned pitchers Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez and Hector Neris to Triple-A Lehigh Valley and reassigned four players to minor-league camp. Gonzalez was in the mix to win a rotation spot heading into the spring but posted a 7.53 ERA while giving up 25 hits in 14 1/3 innings. Neris surrendered 10 runs (eight earned) in nine spring innings. The team reassigned pitcher Paul Clemens, catcher Koyie Hill and infielders Chris McGuiness and Chris Nelson to minor-league camp.
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