Now he’s got a postscript for 2013 – one that all of us took for granted, except maybe him.
Gonzalez, who went 9-4 with a 3.25 in 18 games (15 starts) with the Orioles and was one of their most clutch members in the late pennant run, was told today by manager Buck Showalter that he made the team.
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That’s not a shock. It would be shocking if he didn’t. But you have to understand that the 28-year-old will finally be on a major league roster on Opening Day, for the first time in his star-crossed career.
“I was happy I made the team after being here with them last year and in spring training. It’s awesome,” said Gonzalez, who has played pro ball since 2005. “I’m pretty pumped. I can’t wait for the season. Hope everything works out well.”
Gonzalez will be starting the third game of the season – Thursday afternoon against the Tampa Bay Rays. Although we’re still waiting on official word from the Orioles – it should come today – the assumption is that the rotation for the opening series will be Jason Hammel on Opening Day versus Tampa followed by Wei-Yin Chen and Gonzalez.
If Chris Tillman is healthy – he pitches one last tune-up on Friday versus State College of Florida – he’ll likely get the start in the home opener against the Minnesota Twins on April 5. Again, not official, but the guess is Jake Arrieta will take the ball on April 6 as the fifth starter.