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Notes: Orioles manager Buck Showalter discusses Kevin Gausman, backup catcher

The Orioles will give right-hander Kevin Gausman at least one more spring start, and he is expected to be stretched out Tuesday against Tampa Bay, but manager Buck Showalter said the team still is considering whether Gausman will open the season in the starting rotation, in the bullpen or starting at Norfolk.

"Whether he is short or long, he's going to have plenty of innings to do either one," Showalter said. "I think he's going to be equipped to do either one coming out of the spring if he makes our club. … Some of that comes along with the innings management, too, which is not the issue it's been in the past. We hope to take our best 25 and our right 25."

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Gausman allowed just one run over 10 spring innings before yielding a two-run homer in a one-inning relief outing against the Detroit Tigers on Thursday.

A wealth of catching talent

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Showalter said he's content with the team's backup catcher options behind likely Opening Day starter Caleb Joseph while Matt Wieters recovers from elbow tendinitis.

Ryan Lavarnway, Steve Clevenger (Mount Saint Joseph) and J.P. Arencibia are competing to back Joseph up.

"That's kind of [a question for executive vice president] Dan [Duquette], but from where I come from, I'm perfectly comfortable with who we have to pick from here," Showalter said. "I'm comfortable with it. I feel good about it. Catchers aren't available until right toward the end of the spring, but we haven't had any name come up that we like better than the people we have."

Around the horn

Right-hander Zach Davies will be brought in from minor league camp to start Monday's Grapefruit League game against the Rays, Showalter said. … Cuts are expected to be made after today's split-squad games. After optioning Wilson, the Orioles have 40 players on their roster, including eight nonroster invitees, and Showalter said he'd like to get into the low 30s after today's game. … Showalter said the Orioles will look at minor league right-handers David Hess, Mychal Givens and Branden Kline in the final week of Grapefruit League games.

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