Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, whose $48 million contract with the Phillies was reworked into a $12 million contract because of concerns about the health of his arm, is now sidelined with shoulder problems.
Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that Gonzalez complained of soreness during a throwing session Tuesday and the Cuban right-hander was scratched from today’s scheduled start, with further examination slated for Thursday. Meanwhile, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. told Salisbury that Gonzalez is “day to day” and “we don’t think it’s anything alarming.”
Even before being shut down with these shoulder problems Gonzalez was having a lackluster camp, getting underwhelming reviews on his raw stuff and struggling in games.
Lots of injured pitchers in Phillies camp, although at least the latest news on Cole Hamels’ shoulder problems is positive.
Update (9:38 PM ET): The Tigers will receive minor leaguers Wilkel Hernandez and Troy Montgomery from the Angels, Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Hernandez, 18, was signed by the Angels as an international free agent out of Venezuela in July 2015. This past year, in rookie ball, Hernandez posted a 2.64 ERA with a 44/22 K/BB ratio in 44 1/3 innings. MLB Pipeline rated him the Angels’ 24th-best prospect.
Montgomery, 23, was selected by the Angels in the eighth round of the 2016 draft. Between Single-A Burlington, High-A Inland Empire, and Double-A Mobile, Montgomery batted an aggregate .271/.358/.413 with eight home runs, 38 RBI, 62 runs scored, and 15 stolen bases in 434 plate appearances. MLB Pipeline rated him as the Angels’ 20th-best prospect.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Angels will acquire second baseman Ian Kinsler from the Tigers. It is not known yet what the Tigers will receive in return. Kinsler had to waive his no-trade clause in order for the deal to happen.
Kinsler, 35, hit .236/.313/.412 with 22 home runs, 52 RBI, 90 runs scored, and 14 stolen bases in 613 plate appearances for the Tigers this past season. He’s in the final year of his contract and will earn $10 million for the 2018 season.
The Angels were certainly looking to upgrade at second base and did so with Kinsler. They were also reportedly interested in Cesar Hernandez of the Phillies.