BALTIMORE - The Baltimore Orioles needed an extra relief pitcher Friday after a taxing 13-inning game Thursday night. And to make room for one, the club optioned starter Kevin Gausman to Class-AAA Norfolk.
Gausman was one of only a few possibilities to be sent down, due to remaining options and needs. The 22-year-old had one of his better starts against Boston Thursday, pitching 5 1-3 innings and giving up two runs on six hits.
"We had other ways to option people, but it probably meant a position player," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said.
The right-hander had not done too well since being promoted to the majors, going 0-3 with a 7.66 ERA in five starts.
Showalter said Gausman will be an option to be recalled when Miguel Gonzalez goes on paternity leave shortly. Otherwise, Gausman would have to wait 10 days before being recalled.
"If we had played nine innings, Gaus would've stayed," Showalter said. "He's going to a level he hasn't pitched yet. I think the good side of it is he leaves with a good outing and a chance to kind of take a deep breath and think about some things."
Showalter added that he did not guarantee Gausman he would be back up at the end of that period.
"I didn't tell him, promise him. I made sure he understood that he could conceivably stay down there the rest of the year," Showalter said. "I told him to go down there and present himself as an option for us. And that's all in his hands."
The extra arm that Baltimore decided to call up was right-hander Jake Arrieta. Arrieta, who started the Orioles' home opener, was 1-1 with a 6.63 ERA in four starts for Baltimore.
He has been up as a reliever earlier this year, but has not yet made a relief appearance. For Norfolk, Arrieta is 3-3 with a 5.50 ERA in seven appearances, six of which were starts.
Showalter said Arrieta, along with Zach Britton and T.J. McFarland, would be candidates to start if Freddy Garcia has to be used in relief in Friday. Garcia was in the bullpen with Arrieta Friday.
"Jake fit for us," Showalter said. "We'll see what the next couple days bring."
MINOR UPDATES: Outfielder Nolan Reimold will join Class-AA Bowie on Tuesday to begin a rehab assignment. He has been on the 15-day disabled list with a strained hamstring.
Jason Hammel was not with the club on Friday. He and his wife both caught a virus. Hammel's next scheduled start is Monday in Detroit.
Gonzalez was still with the club Friday as his child has not yet been born.
Alexi Casilla, who jammed his right index finger Sunday and missed several games, took batting practice on Friday and was available to play.
Brian Roberts took batting practice both Thursday and Friday and fielded groundballs on Friday.
EXTRA, EXTRA: Thursday's 13-inning win was Baltimore's fifth walk-off win of the year, tying them for the most in the American League with Boston, Oakland and Cleveland, according to STATS.
And according to MLB, it was the first time the Orioles played 13 or more innings without issuing a walk since April 21, 1983, when they beat Texas 3-2 in 14 innings in a game started by Jim Palmer.
Manny Machado extended his hit streak to 11 games on Thursday, tying the longest streak of his career. Machado is just the fourth player since 1969 to have two hitting streaks of 11 or more games before turning 21, joining Ken Griffey Jr., Robin Yount, and Mike Trout, according to STATS.
THANK YOU, MILITARY: The Orioles wore their digital camouflage hats and uniforms on Friday in honor of Flag Day, the same ones the club wore on Memorial Day. The first 10,000 fans Friday received Orioles military appreciation t-shirts and all fans were treated with fireworks after the game.