Right-hander Miguel Gonzalez is optimistic he will be able to pitch again this season after receiving MRI results on his right shoulder and elbow that showed no structural damage.
Gonzalez said he had felt fatigue over the past two weeks, but didn't think it was anything out of the ordinary at this point in the season because all players have their bumps and bruises.
But after feeling discomfort in both his shoulder and elbow following his last start Sunday, he knew it wasn't just the normal late-season aches and pains.
Gonzalez had a cortisone injection Monday, and will likely need another several days until he can resume a throwing program.
"About two weeks ago, felt it in the shoulder," Gonzalez said. "Little fatigue, treating it and all that, but it wasn't getting any better. I think it was just a matter of getting some rest and getting to step back a little bit."
There was concern that the problem might be more serious, so Gonzalez wasn't complaining about the possibility of an extended rest.
"Once we got the results back and we were able to see what was wrong, it was definitely a positive and a plus, for sure," he said.
Gonzalez has struggled badly in the second half of the season, but stopped short of blaming his lengthy downturn on the shoulder problem. Gonzalez is 0-5 with a 7.46 ERA in his past seven starts.
Wieters catches for second straight game
Matt Wieters was behind the plate Wednesday night for the second straight game, the first time he has caught two games back-to-back since July 6-7 in Minnesota. He has been playing every other game and getting extra at-bats elsewhere while he makes sure his surgically repaired elbow can hold up to the rigors of full-time work behind the plate.
Wieters said Wednesday that while it's important for him personally to get back to playing his primary position full-time, it's more important to help his team get out of its recent tailspin.
"We just have to get a win and go from there," he said before the game. "It all starts with that."
Wright might rejoin rotation Saturday
The Orioles have no starter scheduled for Saturday's afternoon game in Toronto. Orioles manager Buck Showalter said right-hander Mike Wright could be an option to start that game on just three days rest. Wright threw 65 pitches Tuesday in a rehabilitation start for Triple-A Norfolk, tossing six scoreless innings.
The Orioles also adjusted their upcoming rotation with left-hander Wei-Yin Chen flipping spots with right-hander Chris Tillman. Tillman will now pitch Sunday against the Blue Jays and Chen will pitch Monday in New York. Chen is 1-3 with a 5.40 ERA in four career starts against the Blue Jays.
Right-hander Tyler Wilson, who pitched a four-inning simulated game earlier this week, will start for the Tides on Sunday before a determination is made on when he'll join the major league club.
** The team is still deciding whether shortstop J.J. Hardy will go with the club to Toronto. Showalter said that he believes Hardy, who is on the disabled list with a groin strain, doesn't need to go on a minor league rehab assignment because the team can plan simulated games for him on the road. Hardy is eligible to come off the DL on Tuesday.