Gonzalez to pitch simulated game on Friday

Gonzalez to pitch simulated game on Friday

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles are going to have Miguel Gonzalez pitch a simulated game on Friday to get him closer to possibly returning to the starting rotation next week.

Gonzalez, on the disabled list (right thumb blister) said after Wednesday's game that pitching coach Rick Adair told the right-hander he'd throw 25-30 pitches and do his workout. After that, they'll see how everything goes, and Gonzalez could come back early next week, as he's eligible to return on the 19th or later.

"I think it was a good idea," Gonzalez said. "Rick Adair and Buck [Showalter] were talking about it, letting me know. I think it will be fine facing my teammates."

He's going to throw without a bandage on his blister. Bandages aren't allowed in games, but he said if he doesn't feel right, he'll finish up with the bandage."

The team had talked about having him possibly go to Bowie for a rehab assignment, but they changed up and went to the simulated game. He threw earlier today and said everything worked well.

"The ball was coming out good," he said. "The breaking pitches were fine. I was pretty happy with my performance."

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