PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Left-hander Michael Gonzalez, released by the Nationals on Tuesday, has rejoined the organization on a minor-league contract.
Gonzalez originally had signed a minor-league contract with the Nationals on March 4, hoping to pitch his way onto the club’s Opening Day roster. But the 35-year-old struggled in four Grapefruit League appearances, allowing four runs and seven hits in four innings.
Knowing he wouldn’t make the club, the Nationals granted Gonzalez his unconditional release on Tuesday, making him a free agent and giving him the opportunity to sign with another organization. The veteran reliever, though, apparently didn’t find any better offers on the open market and thus agreed to re-sign with the Nationals.
Gonzalez figures to report to Class AAA Syracuse to open the season.