Gonzalez rejoins Os
Miguel Gonzalez was back with the Orioles on Saturday as part of the taxi squat, with the right-hander set to be officially recalled from the Minor Leagues prior to Sunday’s start.
“Everyone’s receiving me like it was my first time being called up,” said Gonzalez, who was optioned to a clear a roster spot for Ubaldo Jimenez earlier this month. “It was fun. They’re all excited to have me back, so I’m excited as well.”
Gonzalez, who has pitched to a 3.80 ERA in 20 Major League games, hasn’t started for the O’s since August 7 and threw a three-inning outing for Triple-A and a sim game on Monday. With the struggling Jimenez moved to the bullpen, the Orioles were able to slot Gonzalez back into the rotation.
“Yeah it was a tough decision for them,” Gonzalez said of the demotion, which wasn’t based on performance. “I’m one of the few guys who have options so it was a decision for them to make. I went down, got my work in and I’m ready to rock and roll.”