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Orioles pregame notes: Gonzalez will miss next start Sunday, likely heading to DL

Orioles starting pitcher Miguel Gonzalez, center, leaves the game with head trainer Richard Bancells, left, with an injury in the fifth inning. The Orioles defeated the Red Sox by score of 1 to 0 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
Orioles starting pitcher Miguel Gonzalez, center, leaves the game with head trainer Richard Bancells, left, with an injury in the fifth inning. The Orioles defeated the Red Sox by score of 1 to 0 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Kenneth K. Lam / Baltimore Sun)

Orioles right-hander Miguel Gonzalez will miss his next scheduled start on Sunday and is likely to land on the 15-day disabled list with a right groin strain.

Manager Buck Showalter said Gonzalez was still sore a day after leaving Tuesday's game with one out in the fifth inning. Gonzalez suffered the injury on his last pitch of the fourth inning and was pulled after facing one batter in the fifth.

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Gonzalez said the next 24 hours would be important in knowing whether he'd have to go on the disabled list.

Showalter said that right-hander Mike Wright and right-hander Tyler Wilson are the top candidates fill the open start on Sunday, however Wright can only join fill that hole as part of a DL move because he wouldn't have fulfilled the mandatory 10-day minor league option window until Monday.

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Wright is scheduled to start for Triple-A Norfolk on Friday and Wilson is slated to pitch on Sunday.

Despite being one man down in the bullpen because of left-hander Brian Matusz's suspension, Showalter said the pen is still in good shape tonight even though they picked up 4 2/3 innings in Tuesday's 1-0 win over Boston.

If the Orioles need pen help, they could place Gonzalez on the disabled list and recall left-hander Cesar Cabral, who was optioned Tuesday to make 25-man roster room for outfielder Nolan Reimold, but in that case, they would need another DL move to bring up Wright for Sunday.

In other Orioles news:

-- Showalter still believes that second baseman Jonathan Schoop, currently on the disabled list with a right knee injury, will return before the All-Star break. Schoop is expected to return to Baltimore after extended spring training games end in Sarasota and continue his rehab work with the major league club before going on a minor league rehab assignment.

While Schoop is currently getting at-bats in extended spring games, he has not yet played the field in a game. He participated in sliding drills for the first time Wednesday, Showalter said.

-- Left-hander Wesley Wright, who is on the 60-day DL with a left trapezius muscle strain, is slated to make one more extended spring outing on Friday and then go on a minor league rehab assignment. It's unclear where he will begin his rehab assignment.

-- Right-hander Kevin Gausman is slated to make his second minor league start Thursday since going on the DL with right shoulder tendinitis. Gausman, who will have a 65-pitch limit in his start for Double-A Bowie, said he hopes to get through five full innings on Thursday.

Gausman believes he would physically be ready to rejoin the big league club following this start, but will likely need one more start to increase his pitch count before he consideration.

Here are the starting lineups for both teams:

Orioles
Manny Machado 3B
Jimmy Paredes DH
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis 1B
Delmon Young RF
Travis Snider LF
J.J. Hardy SS
Ryan Flaherty 2B
Caleb Joseph C
Wei-Yin Chen LHP

Red Sox
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Brock Holt LF
Manny Ramirez DH
Mike Napoli 1B
Xander Bogaerts SS
Pablo Sandoval 3B
Mookie Betts CF
Blake Swihart C
Rusney Castillo RF
Rick Porcello RHP

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