The Orioles made it official today, placing right-handed starter Miguel Gonzalez on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right groin that forced him from Tuesday's game in the fifth inning.
In a corresponding move, the Orioles recalled right-hander Mike Wright from Triple-A Norfolk; he was supposed to start for the Tides on Friday.
Gonzalez's next turn in the rotation is Sunday at Camden Yards against the New York Yankees. Wright immediately becomes the obvious choice to take that start, but it's likely Wright will be available in the bullpen for the Orioles this weekend. If he is not used, then he'll likely start against the Yankees.
If he is needed in relief, it is possible that the club could promote Triple-A right-hander Tyler Wilson, who is slated to pitch for the Tides on Sunday, to face the Yankees. The Orioles are currently listing Sunday's starter as "TBA."
Calling up Wright allows the Orioles to have some relief insurance this weekend; the club is currently one man short in the bullpen until lefty reliever Brian Matusz returns from his eight-game suspension Sunday.
The 25-year-old Wright ordinarily would not have been eligible to return to the majors -- he was demoted Friday and normally would have to stay down for 10 days -- until Monday, but is eligible because he is replacing a DL'd player. So the Orioles couldn't have replaced Gonzalez with a traditional reliever, such as Cesar Cabral, and then have Wright replace Cabral before Monday.
Wright is 2-1 with a 2.96 ERA in four starts this year for the Orioles. Gonzalez was 5-4 with a 3.33 ERA in 12 starts.
Here are the Orioles and Red Sox lineups for Thursday:
Boston: Pedroia 4, Holt 9, Ramirez 7, Ortiz DH, Napoli 3, Sandoval 5, Bogaerts 6, Betts 8, Swihart 2. Miley 1.
Orioles: Machado 5, Reimold 7, Jones 8, Wieters 2, Young 9, Davis DH, Hardy 6, Pearce 3, Flaherty 4. Tillman 1.