Former Astros player Marwin Gonzalez said he exchanged calls and text messages this week with three former teammates on topics that had nothing to do with the Astros-Twins wild card series beginning Tuesday at Target Field.
Marwin Gonzalez (center) returned to Houston with the Twins last season after playing seven years with the Astros. He started at third base Tuesday in the Astros-Twins wild-card series opener at Minneapolis.
One player, Gonzalez said, wanted to know if there was a barber at the Astros’ team hotel. Two more checked in to express their displeasure with the weather in Minneapolis, where the game-time temperature was expected to be in the low 60s.
Gonzalez was scheduled to start Tuesday at third base, which would position him in front of the Astros’ dugout, in the absence of injured Josh Donaldson. However, he said he didn’t expect much verbal back and forth with his former teammates, given the significance of the game.
“In a regular game, probably, yes, but I don’t think there’s going to be much of that,” he said. “I’ll be focused on the game and trying to contribute to the team.”
Gonzalez, who signed with the Twins before the 2019 season after seven years with the Astros, played every infield position except shortstop for the Twins in 2020 and also played in the outfield. He hit .211 with five homers and 22 RBIs.
Gonzalez’s contract expires at the end of the season and he acknowledged that he has been thinking about his options for next season.
“That’s something that any baseball player will have in one part of your mind,” he said. “But that’s the last thing on my mind right now. The most important thing right now is to get the win.”
Referring to former teammate Yuli Gurriel, he added, “I saw that Yuli got an extension, and I’m pretty happy for him.”