Here are some comments from reliever Michael Gonzalez who was reinstated from the 60-day disabled list this morning.

On how he feels: "I'm feeling very good, man. It feels like it's been about two years since I've been in the clubhouse, but it's finally good to be back."

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On where his velocity is at: "Every outing got a little better, man. My breaking ball got a little bit more crisp every outing. My fastball got a little more velocity. But I guess the biggest thing for me was I saw more command. Obviously, I didn't have that early on and it felt really good to go out there and throw strikes."

On how frustrating this season has been: "Overall, it was the worst. First of all, you never want to go out the way I went out. Second of all, right after that, you get injured and you're feeling that pain and having to go through that whole process. It seriously feels like it's been years before I get back to the big league clubhouse. It was hard physically but mentally, it was very draining. You're talking about three months rehabbing, going back and forth. Obviously, down there, the guys are great and all but that's not where you want to be. Just overall, you need to get back and do what you're capable of doing."

On his long-term prognosis with shoulder injury: "Both doctors assured me there is obviously play in everyone's shoulder and you go in any pitcher, there is some play. I had some stuff going on there and obviously, I needed to strengthen the shoulder and if I keep the shoulder strong, it should be good. Obviously,. I'm going off of that – two good-reputation doctors that I feel comfortable with. I'm just going to go out there and keep doing it."

On being eased backed in closer role: "You know what, whatever they want to do, that's fine. My goal was to get back up here to the big leagues. That's definitely where I need to be. I think everything is going to even itself out once I'm up here and show I'm healthy. It's just going out there and showing you're healthy. You obviously can't say much from their standpoint when they haven't seen me pitch in three months, just going by word of mouth. I'm just going to go out there and do what I do and show that I'm healthy and I think everything will even itself out."

On whether shoulder injury was pre-existing before signing two-year contract with Orioles: "Obviously, you try to figure everything out. You brainstorm and you try to do this and that. But I think overall, as soon as spring training started, I started out with the back spasms. They hurt a little bit and I backed up about a week and a half or two weeks. Then, all of a sudden I tried to play catchup and I tried to play fast forward, thinking it was that easy. I started seeing myself and a couple of pitching coaches on the way up started showing me some video that I was prior to, maybe a couple of things in spring training and obviously Opening Day. That just wasn't me. Arm angle wasn't there. Obviously, you don't feel it when you're out there doing it. But when you go back and look at the video, you're like, 'wow, I don't know how I got to that point.' It could just be so many things. It was more of a chain thing to myself where it started in my back and ended up over in my shoulder and it definitely started giving up more stress to my shoulder."

On whether he has time to salvage contract: "You have to remember, every time I go out there, I'm trying to give my best performance. Numbers don't lie. My last six years have been successful years and I know what I'm capable of doing. That was the most frustrating part, coming out here and not being able to do what I'm able to do. I definitely don't feel I'm going to be blowing guys away like it used to be, but I definitely feel I'm competitive enough to get to that situation."

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