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It's a homecoming for ex-San Fernando pitcher Miguel Gonzalez

July 6, 2012 |  9:13 am

San Fernando baseball Coach Armando Gomez said he expects more than 70 supporters and ex-players to head to Angel Stadium on Friday night to watch and root for former San Fernando pitcher Miguel Gonzalez, who will be making his first major-league start for the Baltimore Orioles against the Angels.

Gonzalez has overcome lots to reach the major leagues. He was signed by the Angels as a non-drafted free agent out of Mission College. He missed a season because of a knee injury. He was taken by the Boston Red Sox in the Rule 5 draft.

He tore a ligament in his elbow and needed Tommy John surgery. He was released by the Red Sox in December even though he was pitching well in the Mexican winter league. The Orioles signed him in February, and he was pitching in Triple-A until called up on May 29.

He was sent back down to the minor leagues. Now he's up again.

He's 28 and keeps battling.

-- Eric Sondheimer