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'El Jalisciense' locked into groove for White Sox

Veteran righty has a 2.94 ERA since returning from DL; Davidson starts at DH on Saturday
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CHICAGO -- There were some pretty impressive seasons put together by Miguel Gonzalez with Baltimore from 2012-14, with a sub-3.80 ERA in all three and a below 3.30 ERA in two of them.

But a scout who has followed Gonzalez since back in those American League East days believes the right-hander is an even better pitcher now with the White Sox. It's all about gaining wisdom with age for the 33-year-old veteran.

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CHICAGO -- There were some pretty impressive seasons put together by Miguel Gonzalez with Baltimore from 2012-14, with a sub-3.80 ERA in all three and a below 3.30 ERA in two of them.

But a scout who has followed Gonzalez since back in those American League East days believes the right-hander is an even better pitcher now with the White Sox. It's all about gaining wisdom with age for the 33-year-old veteran.

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"I've learned a lot from these guys here, mixing in pitches and staying positive every time and staying through it," Gonzalez said. "Helps a lot, for sure."

Since coming back from the disabled list on July 18, Gonzalez has put together a stretch of consistent mound work over eight starts. He has a 3-2 record with a 2.94 ERA and has worked at least six innings in seven of those starts.

Gonzalez, wearing "El Jalisciense" on his back for Players Weekend, yielded two runs over eight innings with a season-high nine strikeouts Friday against the Tigers. He pitched in front of his family, including Mateo, his two-week-old son.

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Thursday is Gonzalez's next start, against the Twins, assuming he is not traded beforehand. Gonzalez certainly could help a contender in the season's final month and beyond, as he has been helping the rebuilding White Sox and their young pitchers.

"I try not to think about it. I'm here," said Gonzalez of an August trade possibility. "They're giving me the opportunity to pitch every fifth day. I'm part of the White Sox. I'm going all the way for it, for sure."

Matty D. returns

Matt Davidson, the man known as Matty D. during Players Weekend, brought his 22 home runs back to the White Sox lineup for Saturday's 6-3 loss to the Tigers. Davidson returned from a one-game injury rehab assignment to test his sore right wrist, suffered when hit by a Marcus Stroman pitch, when Yoan Moncada was placed on the 10-day disabled list Friday.

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Davidson will essentially continue his injury rehab as part of the White Sox, getting a start at designated hitter Saturday and then playing third base on Sunday. He has a day off with the team on Monday, and then the White Sox will see how he feels Tuesday at Target Field. In Saturday's loss, Davidson had two singles in four at-bats.

"We're just going to kind of play it by ear," Davidson said. "I'm trying to go slowly getting back in, because I didn't get a long rehab at all. I just DH'ed for three at-bats down there. We'll see how the game goes and how the days go altogether.

"I feel great. During the whole DL stint I was able to work out and take ground balls and everything. It's just kind of more getting into the game, getting into the timing of the game. That should be good."

Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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