Orioles reliever Mike Gonzalez began his throwing progression program yesterday in Sarasota by playing catch from 60 feet.
Gonzalez will increase the distance to 90 and 120 feet before moving to the bullpen. If his arm holds up, he'll eventually throw batting practice.
We're probably looking at three weeks for Gonzalez to get through this stretch. And he'll have to go on an injury rehab assignment in the minors.
Shameless plug alert: I'm appearing on O's Xtra today, and I did an interview with Tom Davis for "Take Me Out to the Ballgame," which airs this week on MASN. Check your local listings.
The Red Sox changed their lineup:
Marco Scutaro SS
Dustin Pedroia 2B
J.D. Drew RF
Mike Lowell 1B
David Ortiz DH
Adrian Beltre 3B
Jason Varitek C
Darnell McDonald LF
Jonathan Van Every CF
Josh Beckett RHP