After agreeing to a three-year $12 million deal with the Phillies in late August Cuban right-hander Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez spoke to the media for the first time Thursday at the team’s spring training complex in Clearwater.

While Gonzalez was originally expected to sign a six-year $48 million contract with the Phillies the deal was reworked amid concerns about the health of his throwing elbow. The 27-year-old offered a “no comment” to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com on why the deal fell through but he had bone chips removed from his elbow in January of 2012. The Phillies are taking things slow with his throwing program but minor-league pitching coordinator Carlos Arroyo said that Gonzalez is healthy.