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Kevin Gausman could still make first turn in Orioles rotation, Buck Showalter says

After some initial confusion on whether Kevin Gausman would be forced to miss a turn in the rotation if he lands on the disabled list with his right shoulder tendinitis, manager Buck Showalter said today that Gausman would be available the first time the Orioles need a fifth starter if he starts the season on the DL.

Any season-opening rehab assignment can be backdated to March 25, provided the player doesn't appear in a major league spring training game after that date. That means the earliest Gausman can be activated is April 9. With the Orioles having an off-day on April 5, they don't need a fifth starter until the sixth day of the season.

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Showalter said he wasn't sure when Gausman would pick up a baseball again, but said it could be as soon as Friday or this weekend. The initial thought was that he'd need three or four days to let the injection take and reduce the inflammation before he could resume throwing. Gausman said Tuesday he expected to have to start building up his arm from scratch.

Both Gausman and catcher Matt Wieters, who is doing more and more each day as the elbow soreness that forced him out of a game on March 12 dissipates, won't be rushed into major league games because of the disabled list implications.

"If you see him catching in an 'A' game, we feel real confident that he's going to be with us to start the season," Showalter said. "Same way with Gausman."

Wieters caught bullpen sessions today in Sarasota, and was throwing as if his elbow wasn't a concern, Showalter said.

On the club's only other major lingering injury, Showalter said a second visit to Sarasota-based hand specialist Dr. Brian Schofield revealed nothing new in the sprained left wrist of outfielder/designated hitter Jimmy Paredes.

Paredes saw Schoefield for a second time after he still felt soreness in his sprained left wrist after taking full swings for the first time in three weeks.

Said Showalter: "The good news is they didn't find that there was something that we didn't think was there, Dr. Schofield said. They're starting him on a medical dose pack now to see if they could get that last bit of soreness out of there.

"He had a pretty sensitive thing there, and we're confident it'll eventually manage, but Jimmy's a tough guy. I know it's frustrating for him to finally get a chance to start swinging some and still have a problem."

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