BALTIMORE — Sometime before the start of the Orioles 5:05 p.m. ET start out against the Cardinals on Saturday, Sale Showalter will have to make a decision. Ubaldo Jimenez will come away from the disabled list to make his first start since July 5 various and the Os will have to send part of their red-hot starting rotation as well as consistently excellent bullpen to the Minors.
These guys have made it hard on us, Showalter said, and thats a good thing.
The manager has a move in intellect, but he knows that could adjust during Fridays series opener versus St. Louis at Oriole Park on Camden Yards. He knows he wont be optioning one of Baltimores four bench softball bats, so hell have to decide if he wants to add Jimenez to a six-man rotation, send out one of the optionable entrepreneurs or move one of the commencing pitchers into the bullpen.
Wei-Yin Chen, Bud Norris, Kevin Gausman and Miguel Gonzalez all have options remaining and could check out Triple-A Norfolk on Saturday. Any of those a number of or Fridays starting pitcher Frank Tillman could head to the bullpen.
Since the All-Star break, the Os 3.02 newbies ERA is second best from the American League. The lowest link has been Gausman with a 4.19 ERA in the wife or husband.
Even so, Showalter expects Gausman, who came out of the bullpen 15 times inside 2013, to start on Sunday, but that can change depending on whatever we do in the bullpen tonight.
Whoever obtains sent out to make room regarding Jimenez, who is 3-8 with 4.42 tommers skrrrm ERA with an AL-leading 60 guides, wont have to leave for long. The actual Orioles have an off-day on Thursday, so a starter would simply miss one turn.
And when it is a reliever, hell have the ability to return in less than a month with regard to September callups.
Im going to take the information from tonights game, Showalter said. I dont want to get out there to the avid gamers for sure. They know where were leaning and well congeal it after tonight.