Gonzalez signed a minor-league contract with the Rockies on Friday, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports.
The 28-year-old was non-tendered by Colorado last week, but he's back with the organization on a more affordable deal. Gonzalez made four starts in six appearances during 2020 and had a 6.86 ERA, 1.63 WHIP and 16:10 K:BB across 19.2 innings.
Gonzalez was non-tendered by the Rockies on Wednesday.
The right-hander made six appearances (four starts) for the Rockies on 2020 and had a 6.86 ERA, 1.63 WHIP and 16:10 K:BB over 19.2 innings. Gonzalez had a 3.89 ERA as a rookie in 2015 with Texas, but he's been unable to replicate those results over the past few years.
Gonzalez was optioned to the Rockies' alternate training site Friday.
Gonzalez made his final start of the regular season Thursday, and he'll be removed from the active roster to add another reliever for the final series of the regular season. Jose Mujica was recalled by the Rockies in a corresponding move.
Gonzalez allowed three runs on eight hits and two walks across 5.1 innings in the Rockies' 5-4 win over the Giants on Thursday. He fanned four and did not factor in the decision.
All things considered, the right-hander was probably fortunate to allow just three runs while scattering 11 baserunners. The Giants scored a pair of runs in the first and added one more in the second, but Gonzalez was able to keep San Francisco scoreless in his last 3.1 innings. The 28-year-old will finish the season with a 0-2 record and 6.86 ERA.
Gonzalez (0-2) took the loss against the Dodgers on Saturday, allowing three runs on four hits and one walk over five innings while striking out two.
Gonzalez did reasonably well against a potent Dodgers offense but was outshined by future Hall-of-Famer Clayton Kershaw to end up with the loss. The right-hander may have fared better if not for Dodgers utilityman Chris Taylor, who hit a triple and a a home run to account for all three runs against Gonzalez. It remains to be seen whether Gonzalez will stick in the rotation moving forward; if he does, his next start should come at San Francisco on Thursday.
Rockies manager Bud Black confirmed that Gonzalez would start Saturday's game against the Dodgers, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports.
After failing to escape the first inning while giving up four runs in his last start Sept. 8, Gonzalez looked poise to move into a bullpen role. However, with Jon Gray (shoulder) having since been shut down for the season, the Rockies will give Gonzalez the opportunity to stick in the rotation for at least one more turn. The right-hander, who owns an 8.68 ERA and 1.82 WHIP over four outings this season, makes for an unappealing fantasy option against a powerful Los Angeles lineup.
Gonzalez (0-1) gave up four earned runs on zero hits, three walks and one hit-by-pitch while recording just one out via strikeout Tuesday against the Padres. He took the loss.
All four of the baserunners he allowed came across to score after he was quickly pulled. He clearly didn't have his command in this one and it's unclear if he will stick in the rotation going forward.
Gonzalez is scheduled to start Tuesday's game against the Padres in San Diego.
After appearing out of the bullpen in his last two outings, Gonzalez will pick up his second start of the season Tuesday as he joins the Colorado rotation as a replacement for Jon Gray (shoulder), who was placed on the 10-day injured list over the weekend. Gonzalez's most recent appearance came back on Sept. 2, when he tossed 46 pitches in long relief of Kyle Freeland. Look for Gonzalez to handle between 60-to-75 pitches Tuesday upon rejoining the rotation.
The Rockies plan to use a tandem of Gonzalez and Ryan Castellani to cover the majority of the innings during Sunday's road game against the Dodgers, Nick Groke of The Athletic reports.
Unless either or both pitchers are economical with their pitch counts, don't expect Gonzalez or Castellani to work more than three innings since they'll be returning to the mound on only three days' rest. After starter Kyle Freeland lasted just two innings in Wednesday's 9-6 win over the Giants, both Castellani (26 pitches) and Gonzalez (46 pitches) worked two frames apiece out of the bullpen. Gonzalez opened the season in the Colorado rotation, but he experienced biceps tendinitis in his first start and subsequently landed on the injured list. With Castellani taking over the fifth spot in the rotation, Gonzalez has pitched in long relief in both of his first two outings back from the IL, giving up three runs (two earned) over six frames.
Gonzalez (biceps) was activated from the 10-day injured list Saturday.
Gonzalez had been on the injured list with right biceps tendinitis since early August, but he progressed nicely through his recovery and threw a simulated game Tuesday. The right-hander has started just one game this season, allowing three runs on five hits and one walk while striking out three over three innings. According to Nick Groke of The Athletic, Gonzalez will operate out of the bullpen for now, while Ryan Castellani -- who replaced him in the starting rotation -- will continue to work as a starter. Ashton Goudeau was optioned to the Rockies' alternate training site in a corresponding move.
Manager Bud Black said Gonzalez (biceps) is close to returning, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports.
Gonzalez landed on the injured list earlier in the month with right biceps tendinitis. The righty faced teammate David Dahl (back) in a simulated game Wednesday and could return as soon as this weekend if he checks out OK.
Gonzalez (biceps) will throw a simulated game Tuesday, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports.
With no minor-league games being played this year, simulated games are now basically the last step for rehabbing players. The Rockies may want to see Gonzalez throw to live hitters a couple times before bringing him back to the active roster, though if the bullpen gets taxed this week, the team could expedite his return and slot the righty into a relief role.
Gonzalez (biceps) threw a bullpen session Tuesday, Kyle Newman of The Denver Post reports.
Gonzalez has already spent the required 10 days on the injured list with biceps tendinitis. He's clearly progressing in the right directions, but it's not yet clear how many more days he's expected to miss.
Gonzalez was placed on the 10-day injured list with right biceps tendinitis Friday.
The right-hander was slated to make his second start of the season Saturday, but he experienced a biceps issue during a bullpen session that will keep him off the mound. Right-hander Ryan Castellani was recalled in a corresponding move and will start in Gonzalez's place Saturday. Gonzalez wasn't expected to start next week since the Rockies have an off day, and it's unclear when he'll be able to return to the rotation.
Gonzalez struck out three but allowed three runs on five hits and a walk across three innings Monday in a win over the Giants. He yielded two homers but did not factor into the decision.
Gonzalez tossed two scoreless frames to start the contest before yielding home runs to Chadwick Tromp and Mike Yastrzemski in the third inning. The 28-year-old right-hander has a loose grip on the Rockies' fifth starter job and his biggest competition, Jeff Hoffman, threw 1.2 scoreless innings in relief Monday. Gonzalez should get another turn in the rotation this weekend against Seattle, but he's likely working with a short leash.
Gonzalez will start Monday's game against the Giants, Nick Groke of The Athletic reports.
The 28-year-old earned the fifth spot in the starting rotation during summer camp, but the Rockies only required a four-man rotation early on with two scheduled off days during the first week of the season. Gonzalez made 14 appearances (12 starts) for the Rockies in 2019 and had a 5.29 ERA, 1.46 WHIP and 46:33 K:BB across 63 innings.
Gonzalez tossed three scoreless innings Wednesday in his most recent intrasquad appearance, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports.
He needed only 39 pitches to record nine outs, retiring two via strikeout while walking just one batter. Gonzalez continues to build a good case for the final spot in the Rockies' rotation, but it didn't help his cause that his main competition for the gig, Jeff Hoffman, also threw three scoreless frames. Due to a pair of off days early in the season, the Rockies could get by with a four-man rotation until Aug. 3, so both Gonzalez and Hoffman may open the campaign in bullpen roles.
Gonzalez may have positioned himself as the slight favorite to win the fifth starter's spot prior to the shutdown, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports.
Gonzalez went three scoreless innings while striking out three Reds batters in his most recent outing. It was a strong last impression, although he has still given up seven runs on 11 hits and three walks in 10 innings this spring. Jeff Hoffman is Gonzalez's primary competition for the final spot in the rotation, with Ubaldo Jimenez representing a dark horse candidate. Whoever doesn't make the rotation out of Gonzalez and Hoffman could still get a spot in the bullpen.
Gonzalez pitched six innings Saturday, allowing one run on three hits and two walks while striking out six in a no-decision versus the Brewers.
Only a fifth-inning solo shot from Eric Thames damaged Gonzalez's strong performance. The right-hander posted allowed only seven runs in 27.1 innings over five September starts to finish the year in good form. He ends the campaign with a 2-6 record, 5.29 ERA, 1.46 WHIP and 46:33 K:BB in 63 innings.
Gonzalez (2-6) earned the win Saturday, allowing two unearned runs on two hits and a walk versus the Dodgers. He struck out eight over five innings.
Gonzalez was initially expected to start, but he ended up working behind Kyle Freeland, who returned from a groin injury. The Dodgers scraped together two runs but Gonzalez limited them to only one baserunner over his final three innings. The right-hander has a 5.68 ERA, 1.53 WHIP and 40:31 K:BB in 57 innings this season. If he receives another start this season, it would likely come at home against the Brewers.
|Last 7 Games|
|09/24||@ SF||W 5-4||5.1||8||3||2||4|
|09/19||vs LAD||L 1-6||1||5.0||4||3||1||2|
|09/08||@ SD||L 5-14||1||0.1||0||4||3||1|
|09/02||vs SF||W 9-6||2.0||3||1||2||3|
|08/30||vs SD||L 2-13||4.0||2||1||1||3|
|08/03||vs SF||W 7-6||3.0||5||3||1||3|
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|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2013||AFA-Myrtle Beach Pelican||19.0||5||5||0||0||0||0||15||9||15||2.84||1.263|
|2014||AFA-Myrtle Beach Pelican||65.1||11||11||0||5||2||0||49||16||56||2.63||1.106|
|2015||AAA-Round Rock Express||88.1||16||16||0||8||7||0||56||31||95||3.58||1.430|
|2016||AAA-Round Rock Express||138.0||25||24||0||8||10||0||91||44||154||4.70||1.435|