With exactly ten days until the Bronx Bomber's regular season home opener, Gonzalez should be ready by the second or third week.
Boone opened the door when Severino - who isn't expected to return until May at the earliest with a shoulder injury - was shelved, and Sabathia won't be available until mid- to late-April, so the Yankees could use an opener to fill the back end of their rotation through the season's opening weeks. Can never have enough pitching. "I'm looking forward to him getting here and getting our hands on him a bit".
Gonzalez is a durable pitcher, though his effectiveness is in decline.
Gonzalez has faced batters and thrown upward of 80 pitches in recent sessions in his native Miami, according to multiple reports.
Gonzalez is 127-97 with a 3.69 ERA in 11 major league seasons. Gonzalez had a 4.57 ERA with Washington previous year before being traded to the Brewers, where he had a 2.13 ERA in 25 1/3 innings. He ended up moving to the Brewers, making five starts for them and posting a 2.00 ERA and 0.95 WHIP (note the small sample size). Aaron Boone plans to have dinner with his dad when the Yankees travel across Florida to the east coast later this week.
He spent the previous seven seasons in Washington and ranks first in Nationals franchise history in wins (86), WAR (21.4) and strikeouts (1,215).