Gonzalez among O's dealing with flu-like illness

Gonzalez among O's dealing with flu-like illness

BALTIMORE -- Orioles pitcher Miguel Gonzalez, who went 2 2/3 innings Wednesday night, is one of several players dealing with a flu-like illness. The 28-year-old admitted Thursday morning he was vomiting before coming to the ballpark to start the game.

Gonzalez did not mention he was under the weather to the team or the media, and reiterated on Thursday that he didn't want to use it as an excuse for his poor performance.

"It's very attractive on his part," manager Buck Showalter said of Gonzalez putting the blame on himself. "He was telling [head athletic trainer Richie Bancells], 'It had nothing to do with how I pitched, I felt good for the most part.'"

Gonzalez (2-2, 4.28 ERA) went a career-low 2 2/3 innings, surrendering a career-high seven hits and seven earned runs in the Orioles' 10-1 loss to the Rays.

The right-hander has made four starts and has been a pleasant surprise for Baltimore, who signed Gonzalez to a Minor League deal late in the spring. Despite his struggles, Gonzalez is expected to stay in the team's rotation for at least one more start.

As for the illness going around the Orioles' clubhouse -- Thursday's starter Chris Tillman also was a little under the weather -- the team will have to just grin and bear it.

"One thing about a locker room in baseball, when one guy gets it, everybody gets it," Showalter said.