CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The reality is Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez had a small chance to make the Opening Day roster. He has not yet looked ready to compete at the big league level.
But any chance he had took a hit Tuesday following the soreness he felt in the front of his right shoulder. Gonzalez, who entered Spring Training last month as a great unknown after signing a $12 million contract with the Phillies last summer, is going to miss time, although he said Thursday morning at Bright House Field he is uncertain how much.
Gonzalez, who spoke through a translator, said he felt a "pinch" in his shoulder while long-tossing. He said he has never felt something like this before.
"I've got to deal with it," Gonzalez said. "As long as I'm here, I feel like I've got an opportunity [to make the team]. Those are situations out of my control, but as long as I'm here, I've got a shot."
He hopes to try to throw in a few days, although that remains to be seen.
Gonzalez is the fifth Phillies pitcher in camp with a shoulder issue. He joins Cole Hamels, Mike Adams, Jonathan Pettibone and Ethan Martin.
Hamels feels fine day after return to mound
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The Phillies said Thursday that Cole Hamels felt fine following a bullpen session Wednesday at Bright House Field.
It was the first time he had thrown from a mound since March 1.
Phillies pitching coach Bob McClure said he had no idea when Hamels will throw next, however. Hamels could miss at least the first month of the season following left shoulder issues.
Sandberg: Utley getting to where he wants to be
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Chase Utley went 1-for-3 Thursday against the Yankees to raise his Spring Training batting average to .200.
No cause for alarm, Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said.
"Chase is coming along," Sandberg said. "He's gradually getting to where he wants to be. He's stinging some balls. He's hit some balls throughout the whole spring. Nothing to show for it. His at-bats, seeing a lot of pitches, which is big. I kind of liked him in the No. 2 spot today. I could consider that on a certain day."
Utley slapped a single to left field in the third inning with the Yankees playing the shift. Utley discussed doing just that in his second plate appearance.
"He was thinking the game," Sandberg said.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.