Miguel Gonzalez and Wei-Yin Chen are starting this weekend for the Orioles, and are not expected to make any detours to the minors during the All Star Break, according to manager Buck Showalter.
Under Showalter and executive vice president Dan Duquette, the Orioles have used the days leading up to the All Star break as a time to tweak the roster by calling up extra arms or bats while sending starters who have already made their turn in the rotation to the minors during the four-day break.
They've basically already done that this year with right-hander Kevin Gausman, who last pitched Tuesday and will start at Triple-A Norfolk on Sunday and the following Friday before likely returning to the Orioles rotation.
Gonzalez and Chen still have minor league options – Chen has already been sent down once this season as part of the club's roster management – but that doesn't seem to be in the cards this month.
"I think we'll stay as is. That's the plan unless there's a need that really sticks its head up," Showalter said.
Gausman's situation is a little different; the Orioles want the 24-year-old to keep pitching every fifth day through the All Star break, with the assumption he is in the Orioles rotation throughout the second half.
"Gaus is gonna start down there twice [in the next week-plus], keep his innings going," Showalter said. "We talked about even doing the second one in Bowie, but I think he's going to stay in Norfolk."
Showalter confirmed this weekend's rotation is Chris Tillman on Friday, Gonzalez on Saturday and Chen for the first-half finale. The Nationals haven't named their rotation for the series past Friday.
Here are the lineups for the Friday's first Battle of the Beltways game this year.
Nationals: Escobar 5, Espinosa 4, Harper 9, Ramos DH, Robinson 7, Desmond 6, Lobaton 2, Moore 3, Taylor 8. Gonzalez 1.
Orioles: Machado 5, Pearce 3, Jones 8, Wieters 2, Davis 9, Reimold 7, Paredes DH, Hardy 6, Schoop 4. Tillman 1.