Gonzalez latest sore shoulder in Phillies camp

Gonzalez latest sore shoulder in Phillies camp

Is Hamels' injury just a dead arm?

March 12, 2014, 11:30 am
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Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez experienced soreness in his throwing shoulder after throwing long toss on Tuesday. (AP)

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- As Phillies players boarded buses for Sarasota on Wednesday morning, pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez sat staring into his locker. He was in full uniform and wearing a warmup jacket, but it was clear he wasn't going anywhere.

Now we know why.

Gonzalez experienced soreness in his throwing shoulder while playing long toss Tuesday, according to GM Ruben Amaro Jr. He was seen by a doctor on Tuesday and will be examined again on Thursday.

Wednesday would have been Gonzalez's day to pitch.

"He's day to day," Amaro said. "He experienced some soreness in the front of his shoulder. We don't think it's anything alarming. He was feeling better today."

Gonzalez last pitched Friday in Sarasota. He was lit up for four runs on four hits and two walks in one inning of work.

The Phillies signed Gonzalez, a Cuban defector, for $12 million last summer. Initially, the two sides had agreed on a $48 million deal, but the Phillies backed off that when concerns were raised about the 27-year-old pitcher's health during a physical exam.

Gonzalez's health remained an issue even after the signing. The Phillies took methodical steps with him during the fall instructional league. They finally turned him loose early in spring training, but the right-hander's throwing sessions were not good. His pitches lacked life and he often looked like he was holding back. Earlier this month, Amaro admitted that Gonzalez had felt occasional tightness in his arm, but was otherwise healthy.

On paper, Gonzalez had been a candidate for the Phillies' fifth starter's job. In reality, he appeared to be destined for time in the minor leagues. Now, he's on the sidelines with a sore shoulder.

Sore shoulders have been a theme -- if not an epidemic -- in this camp. Jonathan Pettibone, Ethan Martin and now Gonzalez have all come down with shoulder problems in camp. Cole Hamels had shoulder issues in the offseason and is still trying to build arm strength (see story). Mike Adams and Adam Morgan are both recovering from shoulder surgeries.