Right-hander Miguel Gonzalez, who has been on the 15-day disabled list since June 11 with a right groin strain, said his bullpen session Thursday went well. Now he will make his first injury-rehabilitation start at Double-A Bowie on Saturday, pitching five innings or throwing 75 pitches.
If that goes well, Gonzalez will return to the Orioles' rotation June 25 at Fenway Park. He's looking forward to pitching in a game again, regardless of where it is.
"It's always good. Always good, we know that. I've been [to Bowie] and you've just got to get in there and get your work in," said Gonzalez, who is 5-4 with a 3.33 ERA in 12 starts for the Orioles. "I'll throw all my pitches and see how it feels."
Showalter said Gonzalez likely will participate in a round of pitcher's fielding practice while at Bowie to test his lateral movements. He was supposed to do more of that at Citizens Bank Park on Thursday, but the tarp was on the infield pregame and the outfield grass was wet. So the club didn't want Gonzalez to risk further injury. He was hoping to avoid the DL altogether, but now says it probably was the smartest thing to do.
"I think sometimes you need some time off to get back to what you need to do in the future," Gonzalez said. "Maybe in the long run this is going to help."