With Triple-A Norfolk competing for a wild-card spot in the International League playoffs, Showalter said he will try not to raid the Tides’ roster, but he will rely heavily on the input of Norfolk manager Ron Johnson, whom Showalter lauds for his ability to know who can help the major league club.
“I was looking at it a little bit today,” Showalter said before Wednesday's game. “I’m going to spend some time with it one the plane and probably sit down with[executive vice president] Dan [Duquette] some over the next few days. … They’re right in the thick of things, but we’ll make some call ups. We’ll look at it a little bit. We’re going to lean on [Johnson]."
One pitcher who will rejoin the club in September is right-hander Kevin Gausman, Showalter said. The No. 4 overall pick in 2012 worked well out of the Orioles bullpen — holding hitters to a .194 batting average in four relief appearances — before going back to Norfolk to continue working as a starter.
Gausman was skipped this time through the Tides rotation to give him extra rest at the tail end of his first full professional season. Between Bowie, Norfolk and the Orioles, he’s thrown 107 innings this year.