Amaro: Phils 'still assessing' Gonzalez for rotation

Amaro: Phils 'still assessing' Gonzalez for rotation

September 2, 2014, 7:15 pm
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In 12 games as a reliever at Triple A Lehigh Valley, Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez posted a 1.62 ERA in 16 2/3 innings with 19 strikeouts. (AP)

When the Phillies signed Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez to a three-year, $12 million contract, they envisioned the righty as a starting pitcher -- a guy who could bolster their rotation.

But in spring training, Gonzalez experienced arm tightness and later developed shoulder soreness that required an anti-inflammatory injection and a trip to the disabled list.

Since his return, he's climbed the ranks of the Phillies' minor-league system as a reliever -- and he's pitched well in that role.

In 12 games with Triple A Lehigh Valley, Gonzalez posted a 1.62 ERA in 16 2/3 innings with 19 strikeouts. In 14 1/3 innings with Double A Reading, Gonzalez struck out 24.

So, is Gonzalez -- one of the Phillies' September call-ups -- no longer projected as a starter?

"I think that we're still assessing that," Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said on Tuesday's edition of Philly Sports Talk. "I think if we had our choice, we'd rather have him be a starter. That may still be a possibility and we'll make those decisions as we go.

"He's pitched very well as a reliver and we'll see how it goes. Obviously, we're going to have our challenges in the starting rotation next year, and adding as many pieces as we can and as many options as we can is going to be important to us."

For more from Amaro on Gonzalez, watch the video above.

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