Orioles right-hander Bud Norris likely is heading to the 15-day disabled list after an MRI performed Thursday morning revealed a right groin strain.
Norris, who left Saturday’s game against the New York Yankees with groin discomfort, hoped to make his next scheduled start in the second game of Friday’s doubleheader against the Tampa Bay Rays. But following a bullpen session Wednesday, Norris was scratched from the start.
Because of today’s day off, the Orioles can remain in turn on regular rest until Tuesday. Right-hander Chris Tillman will take Norris’ place Friday.
The Orioles likely will place Norris on the DL before Friday's game so that they can add an extra player for the doubleheader Friday. The team could call up right-hander Kevin Gausman early as part of the DL move before meeting his 10-day minor league window.
Initially, the club intended to add Gausman as part of a rule that allows a 26th man for a day-night doubleheader, but he would need to be sent down after that. Making Gausman the corresponding DL move for Norris would permit the team to keep him in the major leagues and allow the Orioles to add an additional player exclusively for the doubleheader.
The Orioles still hope they caught Norris' injury in time and that he only will miss one additional start before returning to the rotation. Because the DL move can be backdated to Sunday, Norris will be eligible to return July 7.
“We’re going to take a conservative approach and give him some additional rest,” Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said. “If we take it easy now, then it can heal and we can avoid it from going in the other direction.”
For Tuesday's game against the Texas Rangers, Duquette indicated that a candidate for that start would likely come internally rather than from Triple-A Norfolk. In that case, left-handed long reliever T.J. McFarland would be the most logical choice.
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