NEW YORK — Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman said the discomfort in his right shoulder isn't unusual. As most pitchers do, he usually feels it toward the end of spring training, but this year, it has lingered into the regular season.
"I [usually] kind of pitch through it, and it goes away," said Gausman, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday with right shoulder tendinitis. "This year, it kind of stayed with me all the way through camp and at the start of the season.
"I might have maybe thrown one too many sides and then pitched in a game, aggravated it a little bit more than what I normally would have been doing. It's just kind of one of those things where they tried to stay on the side of caution and get rid of it, like I said, before it gets too serious."
Gausman, who has a 4.50 ERA in eight relief appearances this season and has posted four straight scoreless outings, said he has been dealing with the pain for the past week.
"It feels fine when I throw, but just the way I'm recovering [is] a little bit of a concern," Gausman said. "I think we kind of tried to stay on the side of caution and try to get it out before it becomes something too serious. I could have pitched through it. They made a decision. I think it's a good decision, especially at this point in the season. There's really no reason to kind of push it and possibly make it a lot more serious than what it is."
Gausman has been used sparingly of late. Since throwing two scoreless innings April 22, he has pitched just twice, both one-inning stints in which he faced just three batters.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter indicated that Gausman could join the rotation at Triple-A Norfolk before being activated from the DL. He is eligible to return May 22, and Gausman said he's confident he will be ready by then.
Gausman will remain with the team throughout the weekend and see a doctor when the team returns to Baltimore.
"It kind of depends what he has to say, what his evaluation" is, Gausman said. "It's going to determine whether I'm going to get an MRI or not. Definitely want that to be positive. I'm hoping that in 15 days, I'll either be back here or in Norfolk starting or something."
-- The Orioles have received a rough first innings from their starting pitchers the past two nights. On Friday, right-hander Miguel Gonzalez fell behind 3-0 just five batters into the game.
The big blow of the first was Yankees catcher Brian McCann's two-run homer with two outs. McCann jumped on a 3-0 pitch and sent it onto the short porch in right field.
"In this ballpark, it's a home run," Showalter said. "So that got him off to a tough start."
After the game, Gonzalez said he expected McCann to ambush a fastball. And he intended to throw a four-seamer down and away, but it caught the heart of the plate, and McCann didn't miss.
Gonzalez said it was a matter of execution, but he'll be more aware the next time. When McCann gets the green light at 3-0, Gonzalez will probably throw a two-seamer, which would more likely induce a ground ball.
-- After the game, Showalter was concerned about the health of second baseman Ryan Flaherty, whom he spoke to in the middle of the eighth inning.
"I'm hoping Ryan's OK tomorrow," Showalter said Friday. "I just thought he was running a little strange around third base on that one ball [in the sixth inning], so we'll see. He was a little tight, but nothing like it was. We'll see how he is tomorrow."
Flaherty, who just came off the DL after a right groin injury, was icing his groin after Friday's game. He said he was feeling fine and didn't expect it to be a lingering concern.
-- Maybe the only saving grace from back-to-back one-run losses in the first two games of the series is that the Orioles have forced the Yankees to use their late-inning duo of Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller each of the past two nights.
Whether the Yankees would use Betances and Miller for three straight games remains to be seen, but neither pitcher has done so thus far this season.
"Well, that's what we do," Orioles center fielder Adam Jones said. "We try to go out there and make them work. That's a two-headed monster right there. They're both really, really good. They threw back-to-back days. I don't know if they'll throw tomorrow.
"Let's not even have them warm up. Let's get the lead and keep the lead."