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Kevin Gausman still not sure if he'll start or pitch in relief for Orioles

Kevin Gausman still not sure if he'll start or pitch in relief for Orioles
Orioles starting pitcher Kevin Gausman throws during the fourth inning of a spring training exhibition game against the New York Yankees in Sarasota, Fla.. (Carlos Osorio / Associated Press)

After pitching in his final spring start Tuesday against the Tampa Bay Rays, Kevin Gausman admitted he is not sure what his immediate future holds – whether it is in the bullpen or rotation.

"I have no idea. It's a flip of the coin," Gausman said. "I don't really know anything. I'm waiting just like everybody else."

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Gausman said he felt good Tuesday, but his results against a Rays' split squad weren't stellar – in part because of several well-placed hits and a defense that wasn't crisp. The 24-year-old right-hander allowed four runs on seven hits and a walk in 3 2/3 innings. He didn't record a strikeout while throwing 77 pitches, 52 for strikes.

"Obviously, I'm not happy about the line, but I felt like I had good stuff," Gausman said. "I commanded my offspeed (pitches) pretty well. I think they just kind of came out hacking."

Gausman gave up a first-inning run on an RBI double by Asdrubal Cabrera and then allowed three runs in the third on a sacrifice fly, an RBI double by Logan Forsythe and David DeJesus' first spring homer.

"I think that one inning kind of got away from me a little bit," he said. "A couple of bounces different ways, and my line probably looks a lot different. But that's baseball, and you have to deal with that."

The Orioles have not announced their plans for their fifth starter, but Gausman, who has a 7.04 Grapefruit League ERA, won't start again the rest of the spring – which is an indication he will be in the bullpen and Ubaldo Jimenez will  be in the rotation.

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