Buck Showalter now has another option to fill out his ever-evolving rotation

Baltimore Orioles Executive Vice-President of Baseball Operations Dan Duquette, center, introduces LHP Wade Miley, left, and INF/OF Steve Pearce, right, to the media during a news conference at Orioles Park at Camden Yard. (Kevin Richardson)

All season, manager Buck Showalter has tinkered with the Orioles' starting rotation. Acquiring left-hander Wade Miley makes that job becomes a little easier.

After Dylan Bundy's outing Tuesday, Kevin Gausman will go Wednesday, and then Showalter will have his options. Miley could make his Orioles debut Thursday against the Texas Rangers, which would put him on regular rest after his last start for the Seattle Mariners on Saturday. He pitched seven innings of one-hit ball, giving up one run and striking out nine on 92 pitches.

If the Orioles hold Miley until Friday, Yovani Gallardo would also be in line for Thursday before Tillman pitches on an extra day's rest Saturday. Showalter said he would wait to decide after Miley's work day Tuesday.

The manager has more choices on the table, including moving to a six-man rotation of Miley, Chris Tillman, Gausman, Gallardo, Bundy and Ubaldo Jimenez.
For now, Jimenez moves to the bullpen and is available Tuesday. Vance Worley, who started July 19 and 24 for the first times since April, is also in the bullpen. He pitched four scoreless innings in relief of Gausman on Friday.

Meanwhile, Showalter said Miley's arrival doesn't change Bundy's status. The Orioles still believe they can keep him on track as a starter and not go over the innings limit they have in mind, though the trade does enable them to give Bundy extra days off if he needs them.

Rickard update: Outfielder Joey Rickard, who is on the disabled list with a torn thumb ligament in his right hand, remained in his hard brace Tuesday after a check-up Monday.

Showalter had hoped Rickard could have the brace removed during the check-up. Still, he said Rickard is ahead of pace on the four-to-six week timeline given when he suffered the injury on July 20.

Rickard said the doctors gave him no specific update, but he said he remains "a couple weeks away, and hopefully that'll be the sooner end of the four-to-six."
"The four-to-six weeks was a pretty loose guideline, pretty average, just given that I'm pretty young and they expect me to heal sooner than later," Rickard said.

The plan, Rickard said, is to make it back by September.

"I think as of right now, I'm on a good pace," he said.

Around the horn: The Orioles optioned right-handers Tyler Wilson and Odrisamer Despaigne to make room for Miley and Pearce, so they are now back to a 12-man pitching staff. Wilson will start for Triple-A Norfolk on Wednesday, with Despaigne starting later in the week.