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Gonzalez Demoted, Will He Ever Live Up to Hype?

Alfredo Miguel GonzalezSo far Phillies right-hander Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez has not come close to the hype.

The Phillies announced this morning they had optioned him to Triple-A Lehigh Valley, which was not a surprise. Gonzalez entered Spring Training with a chance to make the Phillies rotation and his chances improved dramatically with Cliff Lee almost certainly lost for the season with an injured left elbow.

But Gonzalez never looked close to big-league ready. He went 0-3 with a 7.53 ERA in five Grapefruit League appearances. He allowed 25 hits, 12 runs, five home runs and one walk with seven strikeouts in 14 1/3 innings.

Gonzalez’s demotion leaves the No. 5 starter’s job to Kevin Slowey or Sean O’Sullivan, who is in Minor League camp.

O’Sullivan might be the favorite at this point because he is being stretched out. Slowey is not, although there is time. The Phillies do not need a No. 5 starter until April 12.

The Phillies on Sunday also optioned right-hander Hector Neris to Triple-A. Right-hander Paul Clemens, catcher Koyie Hill and infielders Chris McGuiness and Chris Nelson had been reassigned to Minor League camp.

The Phillies have 36 players remaining in camp: 17 pitchers, three catchers, eight fielders and eight outfielders.

The Phillies and Gonzalez agreed to a six-year, $48 million contract in July 2013, but the deal dropped to three years, $12 million following his physical. Gonzalez’s questionable health popped up last Spring Training and he struggled in the Minor Leagues as a starter with those health issues lingering.

The Phillies eventually converted Gonzalez into a reliever and he had success in that role in Double-A Reading and Triple-A. He got promoted to the Phillies in September, but he had a 6.75 ERA in six relief appearances.

Chooch to DL with Concussion

Carlos RuizCarlos Ruiz got hit in the head with a pitch during his at-bat in the 11th inning last night, but he still finished the 14-inning victory over the Marlins.

But the Phillies announced an hour before tonight’s 4-2 loss to the Braves that Ruiz had been placed on the seven-day concussion disabled list. They selected the contract of Triple-A Lehigh Valley catcher Koyie Hill to take Ruiz’s spot on the 25-man roster. They designated Double-A outfielder Zach Collier for assignment to make room for Hill on the 40-man roster.

Ryne Sandberg indicated about three hours before the game that Ruiz, who spent time on the DL in 2010 with a concussion, would be fine, but that changed.

“He was under a little bit of watch,” Sandberg said after the game. “He just had a headache and he checked with Scott (head athletic trainer Scott Sheridan). It was clear that he had something going on.”

Backup catcher Wil Nieves already is on the DL with a strained right quadriceps, leaving the Phillies with Cameron Rupp and Hill to catch while Ruiz and Nieves recover.

Hill, 35, was hitting .240 with nine doubles, one triple, three home runs and 17 RBIs in 45 games for Lehigh Valley.

Collier, 23, appeared in 40 games for Reading this season, hitting .228 with five doubles, two triples and one home run.

Phils Acquire Hill for Minor League Depth

The Phillies acquired catcher Koyie Hill from the Nationals today in exchange for cash or a player to be named later.

He will report to Minor League camp, where he is expected to be a backup at the upper levels. Cameron Rupp is expected to receive regular playing time this season with Triple-A Lehigh Valley, while Tommy Joseph is expected to see the same with Double-A Reading. Wil Nieves will be Carlos Ruiz’s backup in the big leagues.

The Phillies recently released Lou Marson, who came to camp as a non-roster invitee on a Minor League deal. Hill provides the Phillies some veteran depth.

Hill, selected by the Dodgers in the fourth round of the 2000 First-Year Player Draft, has played 331 games in the Majors over 10 seasons with four teams: the Dodgers, D-Backs, Marlins and Cubs. He signed as a free agent with the Nationals early last month.

The veteran catcher has hit .206 (192-for-930) in his career.


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