Gonzalez, who was born in Guadalajara, Mexico, but spent most of his childhood in Southern California, said he is waiting for the Orioles' approval to play.
"I would like to represent Mexico, of course," Gonzalez said."It all depends on what the Orioles tell me, if it's OK to go. … They called me from the front office and they asked me if I'd be willing to play for Mexico, and I told them I would but it all depends on whatever you guys tell me, if it's OK to go or not. I'm just waiting on that."
The Orioles signed the 28-year-old last March as a minor league free agent after watching him pitch for Mazatlan of the Mexican League. He dominated hitters at Triple-A Norfolk and by the end of the season was one of the Orioles' most dependable starters, going 9-4 with a 3.25 ERA in 18 big-league games (15 starts).
This time last year, Gonzalez had been released by the
"I don't think anybody was interested in me last year," Gonzalez said with a laugh. "I'm happy with what happened in 2012. I was happy with everything and I'm excited for the opportunity."
Orioles center fielder
Gonzalez is coming off a year in which he pitched a total of 220 innings between the Mexican League, the minors and the majors, the highest total of his pro career. Toward the end of last season, the Orioles made a concerted effort to give Gonzalez extra off days down the stretch
So to pitch in the WBC, Gonzalez would have to be in game form by the second week of March. Mexico shares a pool with the United States, Canada and Italy.