Orioles manager Buck Showalter has not named a starter for Saturday, though he did say his three choices are relievers Miguel Gonzalez and Dana Eveland and Triple-A Norfolk starter Tommy Hunter.
Hunter was supposed to pitch for the Tides on Thursday but was scratched, leading to speculation that he would definitely be starting for the Orioles on Saturday.
But Showalter shot that down – sort of – saying that Hunter is simply one possibility.
“We’ve done things to keep all of our options open. I think the next two days we’ll see how we come out of the bullpen. We have some good options out of there if we want to go that direction on Saturday. But it was only prudent to keep all our options today with Tommy. So we did that last night after the game.”
Jason Berken started Thursday’s game for the Tides, but had to leave in the sixth inning after breaking his nose while chasing a foul pop-up. The 6-foot, 200-pound Berken collided with 6-foot-6, 240-pound first baseman Joe Mahoney.
“I don’t think we’re worried about how Mahoney is,” Showalter joked.
Berken was down for a while, but looks like he could pitch again next week.
“It depends on how much his eyes swell up, but right now he is scheduled to start again,” Showalter said.
Mark Reynolds is again at first base with Chris Davis at designated hitter. Nick Johnson, who has just two at-bats on this road trip, is on the bench.
Showalter said he feels that Reynolds has done OK at first and that Davis seems tobe able to hand the mental aspect of playing designated hitter better.