Here’s the one thing you need to know about whether the Orioles can jumpstart this season in late May: The bullpen is getting hot again.
After losing two straight against the lowly Miami Marlins and a pair of unheralded starters, the Orioles returned home to face one of the toughest left-handers and hottest teams in the game Monday.
Orioles starting pitcher Bud Norris was so sick last week he lost 14 pounds, could barely get out of bed and summoned his parents to to Baltimore to help.
Dylan Bundy, the Orioles’ top pitching prospect, will not make his scheduled start Tuesday at Double-A Bowie because he is dealing with right shoulder soreness, according to manager Buck Showalter.
Brian Matusz has been suspended eight games by Major League Baseball for Saturday’s 12th-inning incident in Miami in which he was ejected for having a “foreign substance” on his right forearm.
Adam Jones made a point after Sunday’s loss to the previously woeful Miami Marlins that the Orioles offense has not been pretty lately.
Chaz Roe found out around 12:30 a.m. Sunday that he'd be returning to the big leagues, hopped a plane to Miami by 6 a.m. and was pitching against the Marlins by about 3 p.m.
A looming suspension for left-handed reliever Brian Matusz adds another question mark to an Orioles' pitching staff that is seemingly a daily work in progress.