Gonzalez feeling better, but still sidelined

Gonzalez feeling better, but still sidelined
March 13, 2014, 1:15 pm
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Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez has allowed six hits and five runs in 2 2/3 innings this spring. (USA Today Images)

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Two days after feeling shoulder soreness while playing long-toss, pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez said he was “feeling a lot better,” Thursday.

Gonzalez hopes to be throwing again in a few days, but it’s unclear when he will pitch again.

“I started feeling it two days ago,” he said through an interpreter. “It just popped up. I felt a pinch.”

The pain was in the front of Gonzalez’s shoulder.

Gonzalez, a Cuban defector who signed with the Phillies for $12 million, has not pitched well this spring. He was a longshot to make the rotation even before coming up sore and his chances of making the big-league club are even steeper now.

Gonzalez is maintaining optimism.

“As long as I’m here, I have a shot,” he said.