Orioles closer Mike Gonzalez made his most significant contribution to the Orioles last night. As manager, Dave Trembley called to the bullpen to bring Gonzalez into the game, but Gonzo called back and notified Trembley that he would be unavailable to pitch in the game.
Gonzalez left many of his teammates wondering why he would turn down a chance to redeem himself after his horrible start in Orange and Black. Well, during the telecast of the final game of the series (which is currently looking like a sweep by the Rays) MASN announced that Gonzalez will be placed on the 15 day DL.
Regardless of whomever is designated as closer, this team has many more problems besides the lack of an established closer on the roster. Gonzalez cannot be blamed for the hitting struggles, dropped infield fly balls and horrible base running, but he is the poster child for this horrendous start to the 2010 season.
According to MASN, Kam Mickolio will be expected to fill in for Gonzalez in the bullpen with the closer role remaining the same “To Be Determined”. Mickolio is currently playing in AAA-Norfolk and will meet with the team tonight in Oakland where the official announcement is expected to be made.