Gonzalez hopes blister will heal before next start

Gonzalez hopes blister will heal before next start

ANAHEIM -- The Orioles will continue to monitor the blister on Miguel Gonzalez's right thumb, with his next start potentially in jeopardy.

Gonzalez -- who had the blister first creep up in his previous start in Oakland -- exited after ripping it open on a sixth-inning curveball in Friday's loss to the Angels. He left after 80 pitches, two of which left the ballpark and resulted in all three runs.

"It can turn good or bad now in the next day or two," manager Buck Showalter said. "Because taking the top of it off is not good initially for pitching, but to heal now it is good. So the next couple days ... we got an extra day to play with [in Monday's off-day] if we do push him back."

Gonzalez, who had the area bandaged on Saturday afternoon, could have his bullpen session pushed back as well, although that wouldn't be as big of an issue given that the team could cover it up for the shorter side. Gonzalez said Friday night that the blister, which is pretty deep, particularly bothered him while throwing his curveball.

"It all started in the fourth inning, and it just got worse and worse," Gonzalez said of the blister hampering his grip. "It was a little tougher at the end, but the good thing was my command was there. I was happy with that."

Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.