As a chilly wind blew across the Carpenter Complex on Thursday, five pitchers trotted over to the bullpen for their first throwing session of camp.

There were four familiar faces: Justin De Fratus, who should have a bullpen spot locked up; Jake Diekman, also a top candidate to land a bullpen job; Jonathan Papelbon, the very expensive closer; and Kyle Kendrick, the likely No. 4 starter.

Then there was Miguel Gonzalez, a pitcher unknown to most coming into camp. His story is strange. The Cuban defector agreed to a nearly $48 million deal with the Phillies before that number was reduced to $12 million when some physical problems were revealed.

At the time, he was supposedly a lock for the rotation and a huge get for Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr.

Then, as months passed, confidence in his abilities — or readiness — waned. Amaro slowed down the hype machine, saying repeatedly this offseason that Gonzalez might not even be ready to pitch by Opening Day. He had pitched sparingly over the last two years in his native country, and needed time to rebuild arm strength.

Gonzalez has thrown seven or eight bullpen sessions in Clearwater this offseason. Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg has seen two of them.