Coming, Coming, Gone!
(2001, AP Photo)
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El Nuevo Dia:
Juan Gonzalez to Report to Red Sox Camp on Monday
English translation of El Nuevo Dia report: Juan 'Igor' González finally obtained the chance he has been expecting for so long.
On Saturday, González received an invitation to the Red Sox training camp, his agent Alan Nero confirmed.
“Some time ago we arrived at a verbal agreement with the Red Sox and Juan will be reporting to training camp in Fort Myers Monday (tomorrow)”, said Nero, an agent of the firm MCSG Sports, in a telephone interview with San Juan, Puerto Rico, newspaper El Nuevo Dia.
Nero explained that his client will be going to try and win a spot on the Red Sox roster.
“It’s a minor league contract. Juan is only going to have 10 days before beginning the season to try to make the team, and because of that a high possibility exists that when the season starts he’ll remain in extended spring training or go to Triple-A (Pawtucket) until the team determines that he is ready for play in the big leagues. But Juan has worked very hard and he is in great shape," said Nero.
“Juan will have the opportunity to make $1 million. It all depends on how much time he is in the big leagues,” Nero added.
González, the greatest Puerto Rican home run hitter in the majors and ninth among active players with 434 home runs, has missed 462 games with a variety of injuries over the past four seasons. Last year, a tear in his hamstring limited him to one at-bat with the Cleveland Indians.
“This is a good opportunity for Juan. What he has to test is that he is healthy. Ten days is very little time to gain a roster spot, but we do not we want to put pressure on him. Therefore, the possibility exists that he will spend some time in the minor leagues,” maintained Nero.
González, 36, has been training for several weeks in the municipal park of Toa Low.
He was evaluated there last month by the Cubs and this week by the Rangers and Red Sox.
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