ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Orioles optioned right-handed reliever Preston Guilmet to Triple-A Norfolk in order to make roster space for right-hander Miguel Gonzalez, who started Tuesday against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim.
Gonzalez officially was recalled from Norfolk, where he started July 17 for the Tides in order to get work in over the All-Star break. In that start, he allowed three runs and five hits in six innings, throwing 88 pitches.
Guilmet, who has been on the shuttle to and from Norfolk throughout the season, was recalled from Triple-A on July 12 to give the Orioles an extra reliever when they sent right-hander Bud Norris to Double-A Bowie to get in extra work over the All-Star break.
Guilmet made just one appearance since re-joining the team, pitching a scoreless inning in the Orioles’ 10-2 loss to the Oakland Athletics on Sunday.
Before deciding to option Guilmet, Orioles manager Buck Showalter had to check on the health status of three relievers.
Left-handed closer Zach Britton was hit in the right arm with a comebacker Monday, but he tested the arm before Tuesday’s game and was expected to be available.
Left-hander Brian Matusz dropped a 35-pound weight on his the index finger of his pitching hand over the weekend. The finger is still swollen and has a cut on it, but Matusz has full range of motion, and it didn’t prevent him from pitching Sunday and Monday.
On Monday, Matusz needed just three pitches to strike out the Angels’ Josh Hamilton to end the seventh inning. Heading into Tuesday, Hamilton was 0-for-12 with eight strikeouts against Matusz in his career.
Showalter also said a third reliever was dealing with a muscle spasm, but he would be available.
“You just want to make sure because you send someone out,” Showalter said Tuesday. “I think we’ll have everybody tonight. It never fails as soon as you send out a bullpen guy, you have to use all of them, right? That’s why it’s good to have guys like [Brad] Brach and [T.J. McFarland] out there who can give you some length.”