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Revolution add Andy Gonzalez to play short

Andy Gonzalez

The Revolution have added a 29th player to their ongoing preseason camp.  Infielder Andy Gonzalez is in town after being released by the Chicago White Sox.  He split his spring between that organization and playing for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic.

At this point, it’s basically a forgone conclusion that Gonzalez will be the team’s opening day shortstop.  While Eric Patterson had been ticketed for that role, he’s likely to see more action at second base now, which in turn could slot Andres Perez into a DH role more often while also playing second.  York still has Wilson Batista as well, who is versatile at various spots in the infield. Whatever the case may be, Mark Mason will have a challenge getting all of these guys everyday innings in competitive clubhouse.  But that’s a great problem to have.

The Revolution fans with the best memories will remember Gonzalez, as he signed with York prior to the 2011 season.  As camp started that year, he was only in town for a matter of hours before the Milwaukee Brewers inked him to a deal.  Gonzalez wound up spending two entire seasons with that organization, shuttling back and forth between Double-A Huntsville and Triple-A Nashville before going to the White Sox this offseason.

Gonzalez has 91 games of Major League time.  He made his MLB debut with the White Sox in 2007, 67 games, before appearing in 10 more  games a season later with Cleveland.  His most recent MLB time came with the Marlins in 2009, 14 games.  With three big league home runs to his credit, Gonzalez is entering his 12th professional season after originally being drafted by the White Sox in 2001.

It’s still unclear how many pitchers Mason will keep on the final 25-man roster, and whether the Revs will jettison a position player between now and next Thursday.

-Paul Braverman

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