Results tagged ‘ Michael Gonzalez ’

Os/As lineups and pregame tidbits

*Jim Johnson (slight right elbow tear) has been shut down for 3-5 days.
*Felix Pie won’t join the team until Detroit, most likely.  The Orioles want him to play the field more and get some AB’s so he’s ready to go right when he’s activated and they don’t have to ease him in.
*Michael Gonzalez is having command issues and will throw for Double-A Bowie on Friday and Sunday. Gonzalez is farther behind Pie, and probably won’t rejoin the team until after the All-Star break. “It’s like Spring Training for him,” pitching coach Rick Kranitz said of Gonzalez.

ORIOLES LINEUP:
Corey Patterson LF
Miguel Tejada 3B
Nick Markakis RF
Ty Wigginton 1B
Luke Scott DH
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters C
Scott Moore 2B
Cesar Izturis SS
Kevin Millwood RHP

ATHLETICS LINEUP:
Coco Crisp CF
Daric Barton 1B
Conor Jackson LF
Kurt Suzuki C
Kevin Kouzmanoff 3B
Ryan Sweeney RF
Mark Ellis 2B
Gabe Gross DH
Chad Pennington SS
Ben Sheets RHP

Os/As lineups and pregame tidbits – Braden scratched

*A’s starter Dallas Braden was scratched with stiffness in his left elbow. Right-hander Vin Mazzaro will make the start instead. The Orioles have removed Jake Fox from the lineup, adding Corey Patterson to left.

*It’s the return of Jake Fox, who was traded a week ago. Fox was in the original lineup but was scratched due to the pitching switch.

The A’s had to change signs a few days ago because of Fox being on the Orioles. I asked a
few A’s if it was a normal thing, they said no. Teams typically only
change signs once or twice a season. Coco Crisp said it wouldn’t be a
problem since he just got back 5 days ago and still hadn’t learned all
the signs. So, go figure.

*Felix Pie will play in Bowie tonight and tomorrow and could be activated for Friday’s series in Boston. Pie sounded optimistic that would be the case and said the big thing is just picking up the ball at the plate; something that figures to get easier over time.

*Michael Gonzalez will throw an inning out of the bullpen for Aberdeen tonight. It’s the first time he’s going to come out of the ‘pen and throw. His velocity was around 90-91 last time, according to interim manager Juan Samuel. And the homer he gave up was on a slider.

ORIOLES LINEUP
Julio Lugo 2B
Miguel Tejada 3B
Nick Markakis RF
Ty Wigginton 1B
Luke Scott LF
Adam Jones CF
Jake Fox DH
Craig Tatum C
Cesar Izturis SS

Brian Matusz LHP

ATHLETICS LINEUP:
Coco Crisp CF
Daric Barton 1B
Conor Jackson LF
Kurt Suzuki C
Kevin Kouzmanoff 3B
Adam Rosales 2B
Mark Ellis DH
Rajai Davis RF
Pennington SS

Dallas Braden LHP

Gonzalez slated to start rehab

Update on the IronBird game: Gonzalez gave up a one-out, two-run homer in one inning of work, facing five batters and allowing two hits. He got three ground outs to end the inning.

Michael Gonzalez will start for the Aberdeen IronBirds tonight, with starter Tyler Sexton to follow.

Gonzalez tossed two scoreless innings in the Gulf Coast League last week and told me in a text message that he hoped to rejoin the team by the end of the homestand. That would put him in line to join the team for July 2’s series in Boston.

Gonzalez has been on the 60-day disabled list since April 10 with a left shoulder strain.

Orioles/Nats game 1 lineups and tidbits

By now you know, the Garrett Atkins Era is still in full swing in Baltimore. Although, he told me a change would be a “welcome opportunity.” I saw Atkins talking to Pat Burrell when the team was in San Francisco, and he admitted that being released isn’t always a bad thing. Pat the Bat has found his stroke away from the AL East. What cruel irony that would be for Orioles fans if Atkins were to hit elsewhere.

Instead of Atkins, Lou Montanez will hit the DL, in a move expected to come down postgame.

*As was reported earlier in the week, Michael Gonzalez will go on a rehab assignment this upcoming week. He came through from today’s game with no reported problems and is on track to possibly join the team on July 2’s roadtrip.

*Felix Pie should be on that trip as well, if there are no setbacks. He played in Frederick yesterday and went 2-for-5 and is expected to get some more time tonight.

*Koji Uehara is coming back, either Sunday or Tuesday.

ORIOLES LINEUP
Corey Patterson LF
Miguel Tejada 3B
Nick Markakis RF
Luke Scott DH
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters C
Garrett Atkins 1B
Julio Lugo 2B
Cesar Izturis SS
Jake Arrieta RHP

NATIONALS LINEUP:
Nyjer Morgan CF
Cristian Guzman 2B
Ryan Zimmerman 3B
Adam Dunn 1B
Josh Willingham DH
Ivan Rodriguez C
Mike Morse RF
Brendan Harris LF
Ian Desmond SS
J.D. Martin RHP

Gonzalez's timetable

An update to what I mentioned previously on Michael Gonzalez’s rehab program. He will throw another inning in the Gulf Coast League on Friday and then will need about three outings in Double or Triple-A next week. If he has no setbacks, he will join the team for the road trip that starts July 2 in Boston.

Os/Padres Lineup and pregame tidbits

*Felix Pie will go on a rehab assignment on Tuesday, although the Orioles aren’t sure which affiliate he will be with just yet.
*Michael Gonzalez will likely join him on rehab next week. Gonzalez is throwing a simulated game today and assuming all goes well that will be the next step.
*Alfredo Simon will slot back into ninth-inning duties, as expected. Interim manager Juan Samuel said previously that he wanted to get Simon a few non-pressurized situations before putting him back in the ninth inning. This has nothing to do with Hernandez blowing the save last night. But if Simon isn’t available for a night, Samuel said Hernandez would be the guy.

ORIOLES LINEUP:
Julio Lugo 2B
Miguel Tejada 3B
Nick Markakis RF
Ty Wigginton 1B
Luke Scott LF
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters C
Cesar Izturis SS
Kevin Millwood RHP

PADRES LINEUP:
David Eckstein 2B
Chase Headley 3B
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
Scott Hairston LF
Yorvit Torrealba C
Will Venable RF
Jerry Hairston Jr. SS
Tony Gwynn Jr. CF

Clayton Richard LHP

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Simon: A true underdog story

The Bruins just lost a 3-0 series lead and a 3-0 Game 7 lead to the Flyers, so I’m drowning my sorrows in a blog post on something non-hockey related. Alfredo Simon.

Orioles manager Dave Trembley has a soft spot for underdogs and is a big fan of Simon, who underwent Tommy John surgery last May and has served as the Orioles de facto closer, picking up five saves with Mike Gonzalez and Jim Johnson both on the disabled list.

“I would evaluate [Simon] as a guy that is an underdog who has overachieved who has proven a lot of people wrong, who has come back from a terrible injury in a record amount of time, who is as appreciative of a get-out for a second chance, ” Trembley said. “[Simon is a guy] who will do anything to pitch in the big leagues, who gives us a presence in that role physically and mentally.
 
“He’s not afraid. He likes what he’s doing. He has fun with it. I know he keeps you on the edge of your seat sometimes. Some of the clubs test him. They wait him out and make him throw a lot of pitches, but he’s gotten the job done against some very, very good teams. And for a guy who’s never closed before, he’s been pretty darn good,” Trembley added.  “But there’s a long way to go. There will be some slipups along the way by him, by me, by all of us, but it won’t change my opinion of him right now.”
 
“I’m just amazed by the fact that he’s been so resilient in a role that he’s never done. It’s not only different physically, but it’s different mentally.”

I’ve gotten a bunch of questions about what happens when Gonzalez comes back. Does he take the closer role from Simon? It’s tough to say, and Trembley hasn’t really given a definitive answer. I would think they would bring back Gonzalez in more of a setup role until he proves to be back on track. You can’t mess with what works and right now Simon is getting the job done. And he’s giving Orioles fans a mini-panic attack in the process. But you can’t argue with results.

Koji/Gonzo updates & Perez DFA'ed

Koji Uehara appeared in his first rehab outing for Double-A Bowie tonight, tossing 11 of his 15 pitches for strikes. He appeared in one inning against Erie, allowing a hit and picking up a strikeout. He will also throw on Thursday with no specific plans beyond that.

Closer Mike Gonzalez continues to rehab in Sarasota and has been working on strengthening the area around his left shoulder. He said if he stays on track, he will pick up a ball and begin a throwing program on Monday.

Also, a few people asked about the decision to remove Wilfrido Perez from the 40-man roster, a move that cleared a spot for Alfredo Simon to join the Orioles bullpen. President of baseball operations Andy MacPhail said the organization was hopeful Perez would clear waivers, since another team would have to put Perez on their 40-man roster if they claimed him. However, they felt Pedro Viola -who they claimed off waivers from Cincinnati – had slightly more upside.
The 25-year-old Perez was 0-1 with three saves and a 10.80 ERA, including five walks and five strikeouts, in five games with Double-A Bowie.

WELCOME HOME

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After an eventful win last night, welcome to the beginning of baseball at Camden Yards. In my mad dash to get here from my Southwest flight this morning, I forgot the USB cord for  my camera. So, I apologize for that. And you will have pictures later on. For now, I give you Trembley:

“We’ve
been looking forward to this day for a long time, and I’m sure it will be an
exciting day for all of us,” manager Dave Trembley said. ” It’s a day that you anticipate. I think the more
you get an opportunity you do this, you understand the amount of work and
effort and energy that goes into making something like this possible.”

*Trembley talked a little pregame about starter Brad Bergesen deserving to get the nod in today’s home opener. In case you missed it, I wrote a feature on Bergesen on the site today, you can read that here

*Felix Pie will start one of these three games. He’s doing baseball-related activities today and is progressing well. 

*Closer Mike Gonzalez is available, but Trembley would like to stay away from using lefty specialist Will Ohman, who has appeared in the last three games. Look for Mark Hendrickson instead.

*As expected B-Rob is in the lineup for a 4th straight game. What a champ. Here’s hoping he builds on last night’s two hits.

 

ORIOLES LINEUP

Brian Roberts 2B
Adam Jones CF
Nick Markakis RF
Miguel Tejada 3B
Luke Scott LF
Matt Wieters C
Nolan Reimold DH
Garrett Atkins 1B
Cesar Izturis SS

Brad Bergesen RHP

BLUE JAYS LINEUP

Jose Bautista RF
Alex Gonzalez SS
Adam Lind DH
Vernon Wells CF
Lyle Overbay 1B
John Buck C
Edwin Encarnacion 3B
Travis Snider LF
John McDonald 2B

Brandon Morrow RHP

Gonzalez Arrives, Bergesen says will throw in 2 weeks

Pitchers and catchers officially reported to the Orioles new complex in Sarasota today, with most of the players opting to sleep in a little and arrive at Ed Smith Stadium around 10ish. (Although Chad Moeller and Jim Johnson were out throwing on the field around 9, and Koji was out running with his new trainer.)

Pretty good spirits all around the very spacious clubhouse. Guys seem genuinely excited and ready to start playing some baseball.

New closer Michael Gonzalez said he’s been ready to rumble for at least two weeks, and was excited for camp to start up.

“The big thing for me right now is coming in healthy,” Gonzalez
said. “I’m coming in 100 percent and feeling good about the situation.”

And the former Brave isn’t worried about fitting in with his new teammates.

“It shouldn’t take that long,” he said. “As far as being nervous,
it’s like going from one family to the next, except that I’m going to
have a lot more younger brothers than I’m used to.”

Top pitching prospect Jake Arrieta was also pretty amped, and the high 50 degree weather didn’t hurt. Apparently it gets cold in Austin, because Arrieta was sporting a full beard and said they got about nine inches in that nasty storm that went through the South last week. If you’re curious, he plans on shaving it later tonight.

Also, injured pitcher Brad Bergesen told the Baltimore Sun his progression has been great, and he expects to be back on the mound in the next two weeks.

“I don’t know how the next couple of weeks are going to go with the
progression,” Bergesen said. “But the way I feel, I feel great right
now. I think the next step is just leading up to some mound sessions. I
think in the next 12-14 days or so, I’ll probably be on the mound if all
goes as it has. … At one point, I was very worried about it before I
got under the care of [Assistant athletic trainer Brian Ebel]
Now, my mind is set on just getting ready
for the season.”

And a reminder for those who want to come down to practice, pitchers and catchers workout starting Thursday at 9:15 a.m. All practices are free and open to the public.

—Brittany


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