PST: Sandberg talks staff, 'mystery man' Gonzalez

PST: Sandberg talks staff, 'mystery man' Gonzalez

January 28, 2014, 9:00 am
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The Phillies are hoping for good things this season. After finishing 73-89 last season and missing the playoffs for the second consecutive year, the team made some interesting offseason moves.

How those moves pan out remains to be seen.

Among those mysteries is the mystery man himself, pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez.

Speaking on Monday's edition of Comcast SportsNet's Philly Sports Talk, Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg spoke about the Cuban native, whom the club signed to a three-year, $12 million contract this offseason.

"[Gonzalez is] a mystery man," Sandberg said. "I haven't seen him throwing yet, and not too many people have, but he's slated as a No. 3 starter when he's right. He has that type of ability.

"If Gonzalez can step up and he gets his reps in spring training and he's doing well and gets his pitches up, he's potentially the No. 3 guy.

"He is a mystery man. It's very unique, if anything else, it's a unique situation, but we'll see. You know what, with our group, we're hoping for some surprises."

Other than Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee atop the rotation, not much else is set in stone. 

"There will be some competition," Sandberg said. "We need to really solidify and see who our five starters are going to be in the starting rotation.

"We need some guys to step up and earn those spots." 

Sandberg mentioned Kyle Kendrick as a possible No. 3 starter, as well as Jonathan Pettibone and Roberto Hernandez competing for spots at the back end of the rotation.

But until spring training, Gonzalez remains the "mystery man."

"I don't see him as having to be our three starter," Sandberg said.

"Whether we get him right out of spring training or if we get him some time in April, that's yet to be seen."