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.
Braves second baseman Brandon Phillips became the 337th player in baseball history to hit 200 career home runs, driving a solo home run to left-center field during Monday night’s home game against the Pirates. Phillips is the 14th second baseman (who played a min. of 75 percent of his career games at the position) to rack up at least 200 career home runs.
Phillips, 35, entered Monday’s action batting .290/.345/.405 with two home runs and 12 RBI in 142 plate appearances. If he’s anything, he’s consistent, as he finished with an adjusted OPS between 90-99 (100 is average) every year between 2012-16 and it was sitting at 97 coming into Monday.
Cubs center fielder Albert Almora, Jr. robbed Giants first baseman Brandon Belt of at least a double in the top of the first inning of Monday’s game at Wrigley Field. Almora completely left his feet to catch the ball before landing just shy of the warning track.
The Giants took the early lead two batters prior to Belt’s at-bat as Joe Panik hit a solo home run to center field.