Luis A. Gonzalez arrives, Belisle awaits his chance
— All the Rockies have arrived. Infielder Luis A. Gonzalez, who has been delayed in Venezuela with a family matter, arrived Monday morning and took a physical. Gonzalez played for the Rockies 2004-06, part of the time as a starting second baseman, before the club traded his rights to the Yomiuri Giants in Japan. Gonzalez missed most of last season after being suspended for amphetamine use.
He was signed to provide depth.
“I’d say specifically we’re looking at bringing Luis back and letting him get his feet back on the ground in the organization over here in the States,” Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. “He was actually very vesatile for us, played a number of positions. He’s kind of a super-utility guy. He wouldn’t be ahead of anybody that we’ve got at second base right now.
“He’ll be on the back end of second base, moving around at third and he can play first, we’ve seen that. We’ve seen him play both corner outfield positions.”
— Non-roster right-hander Matt Belisle, who has appeared for the Reds each of the last five seasons, was not on the pitching schedule for the week. He siad he is dealing with some tightness in his forearm, but he doesn’t believe it is serious. Belisle said he hasn’t been told if he’ll be looked at as a starter or a reliver. Either way, “I’m here to go to Denver,” he said.