Gonzalez ready to build on great rookie season

Gonzalez ready to build on great rookie season
November 14, 2012, 3:00 pm
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Of all the Orioles' surprises in 2012, perhaps the biggest was Miguel Gonzalez. Out of nowhere, Gonzalez became a dependable starter for the Orioles with a 9-4 record and a 3.25 ERA.

These days, Gonzalez is home in California, “working out, running, spending time with my family, having a good time,” he said on Wednesday.

He’ll begin his throwing program next month, “whenever Brady Anderson tells me to,” he said.

Anderson, whose title is special assistant to the executive vice president of baseball operations, runs a workout program in Southern California that a number of players participate in.

Gonzalez says that he’ll be working to get his shoulder and legs stronger while improving his general strength.

“My arm feels good,” Gonzalez reports. The Orioles were careful to monitor his innings because he had pitched in Mexican winter ball last year.

With the season over for a month, Gonzalez appreciates what happened last season a little bit more.

“Of course, everybody talks about it. No one thought we were going to go as far as we did,” Gonzalez said. “I had a pretty good time.”

It was his favorite time in baseball, naturally.

“You always like going to the field and getting there early when there’s someone there,” he said.

“It was a fun year.”