Gonzalez coming and what that means for Simon

Looks like Michael Gonzalez completed his rehab assignment. I’m told he cleaned out his locker and his nameplate is gone in Norfolk. Gonzalez tossed a scoreless inning to open last night’s Tides game after a rain-delay pushed back the start.

Gonzalez will be activated in the next day or so –when exactly is up for debate and officially depends on when he actually arrives in Baltimore. I imagine he’d be rested and ready to pitch immediately. The O’s could use him tomorrow to fill the extra roster spot vacated by Tillman, and option back rookie Josh Bell on Thursday if need be. Lots of scenarios with the roster, and it’s important to note that Gonzo will need to be added back on the team’s 40-man roster. An easy move would be to transfer Jim Johnson to the 60 day DL.

Gonzalez has been on the 60-day DL with a left shoulder strain that by all indication was an injury he had this spring. He will not take the closing job from Alfredo Simon right away, a fact interim manager Juan Samuel confirmed on Tuesday afternoon.

Gonzalez’s velocity was in the 91-93 mph last night so that’s not an issue. But his command is something the organization wants to see get better. He will be put in “less-pressurized situations” (read: 6th or 7th inning type of stuff) until he proves he can be effective.

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