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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Phillies' Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez is ill and will not pitch Thursday

By on 2/25/2014 03:00:00 PM

The Philadelphia Phillies have had their share of early Spring Training injuries to the pitching staff. Most notably, Cole Hamels has been set back a week to ten days due to shoulder tendonitis and Jonathan Pettibone has been bothered with tightness in his shoulder. Now, the much anticipated debut of Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez will be put on hold due to an undisclosed illness.

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As reported by Jim Salisbury of,  Gonzalez was scheduled to make his Phillies debut on Thursday in Dunedin, but did not workout with the team on Monday. According to manager Ryne Sandberg, Gonzalez was ill and went home early. If there are no setbacks, Gonzalez could make his debut on Saturday against the Yankees in Tampa.  There should be more information on Gonzalez's condition within the next few days.

Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels and A.J. Burnett are locks to be the first three in the rotation.  That leaves Kyle Kendrick, Roberto Hernandez, Jonathan Pettibone and Gonzalez to fight for the last two spots. While Gonzalez has not yet impressed in camp, he is still is in the mix to fight for a spot in the back end of the rotation. The odd men out most likely will find a spot in the bullpen or pitch at Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Gonzalez, the 27-year old from Cuba,  pitched for the Cuban National Series from 2007-2009. He defected from Cuba to El Salvador last year before moving to Mexico. While in Mexico, he pitched in front of scouts from several Major League teams. The Phillies signed Gonzalez to a three-year contract  worth $12 million  on August 30 of last year.


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