Mike Gonzalez was very pleased with his inning of work in a Triple-A game today at the Ed Smith Complex. He only needed eight pitches (five strikes) to get through a scoreless inning, but did give up a triple to Red Sox outfield prospect Ryan Kalish.
"I'm feeling better...much better today,'' Gonzalez said. "It was great to throw in a minor league game. Every day, it feels a little bit better."
His fastball topped out at 89 miles per hour, a fact that made Gonzalez smile. He said the number of pitches was irrelevant.
"It was more a test of my back than anything else,'' he said. "That waqs the big thing for me. It was a good test and I passed it. I can feel where my body is at."
On the velocity: "That's not bad. That's pretty much it, not that I look at that too much."
He is tentatively scheduled to pitch on Sunday in Clearwater, but he hinted that he might stay back and throw in camp.
"That's the only thing that might change,'' he said. "I can't get treatment there. I was able to get treatment here right before I went out there."