Three days before becoming one of the final Astros left in opening-day roster limbo, nine-year veteran Edgar Gonzalez captured his entire pitching career in one quote.

Gonzalez, 30, went 0-9 with a 9.32 ERA for Arizona in 2004. He holds a 17-26 career record with a 5.84 ERA. In 2012, the native of Nuevo León, Mexico, spent part of the year in his native country, pitching in the Mexican pro league in an attempt to keep his pitching life alive. A call from the Astros unexpectedly came through the line. After going 3-1 with a 5.04 ERA during the final month of the Astros’ 107-loss 2012 season, Gonzalez is just six days away from making the club’s 2013 opening-day roster as a long reliever.

How has he endured? By knowing himself, his talent and his background.

“I’m Mexican. So I can throw any pitches in any count,” said Gonzalez, who became a dark horse candidate to make the Astros’ starting rotation after Jordan Lyles was optioned to Class AAA. “You better believe (I’ll do anything). Because we always take the race. We just cross the border, and we don’t care if we get shot.”

Gonzalez kept a straight face saying the lines. His pride is undeniably real. But then he got in a joking jab at reliever Hector Ambriz.

“I’m 100 percent Mexican,” Gonzalez said. “Unlike Ambriz. He’s fake …