After making a significant move Wednesday – designating 2014 playoff hero Delmon Young for assignment – the Orioles are expected to make another roster alteration Thursday.
This one won't be as surprising.
The club has to promote Thursday's starter, Kevin Gausman, from Triple-A Norfolk, and likely will send right-hander Tyler Wilson back to the minors.
Wilson was brought up Wednesday because Orioles manager Buck Showalter didn't want to be caught with just six relievers in the bullpen. Wilson didn't pitch, so he'll go back to the Tides while Gausman starts for the Orioles.
That will leave the club with six relievers again. But wait – there's always a twist. Bud Norris, who pitched Monday, would normally take his work day on Thursday, so he'll be in the bullpen for at least a day in case of emergency.
So they won't have seven relievers Thursday, but they will. Got that?
"Figure that one out," Showalter joked. "Obviously, gotta make room for Gaus. Bud's work day is [Thursday], he may be available to us in the bullpen."
The roster carousel isn't stopping soon, of course.
The Orioles need to make room for second baseman Jonathan Schoop. Technically, his 15-day injury rehabilitation assignment that he agreed to ends after Friday, but the team could option him to the minors or extend the assignment for five more days with his permission.
The most likely scenario is Schoop comes back around Monday, when Nolan Reimold goes on paternity leave through Wednesday. Even though Thursday is a day off, the Orioles will have to put Reimold back on the roster – so another move will have to be made.
It's possible then that someone with options – maybe a starter like Miguel Gonzalez – could go to the minors, stay down for 10 days and pitch during the All-Star Break and then rejoin the club when it heads to New York.