BALTIMORE -- Orioles closer Mike Gonzalez isn't in any pain, but the injured reliever hasn't built up enough arm strength in his strained left shoulder and will start an extensive long-toss throwing program at the team's Spring Training complex in Sarasota, Fla.
Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail said that he spoke on the phone with Gonzalez on Wednesday night, and they were both in agreement over the course of action. Since Gonzalez was recently moved from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day DL, he has time to step back and build up his arm before throwing in any more extended spring games.
"He just doesn't have the arm strength he should have," manager Dave Trembley said of Gonzalez, who's typical mid-90s fastball has touched the upper 80s during three extended spring outings. "That's why the velocity readings are where they are at."
"Mike is fine with it, and we think if he does that for a week or so, his arm strength will come back to where it was."
Gonzalez is eligible to come off the DL on June 9, but given this recent setback, it's more likely he will return that following week, for the team's West Coast trip that begins on June 14.