Orioles manager Buck Showalter said there were five options the team was considering for the starting nod in Wednesday's game against the San Diego Padres, though Tuesday's game and who pitches in it is a major factor.
"We'll see where we are when the smoke clears," Showalter said. "We're going to do everything we can to try to find a way to win tonight and then go get everything kind of lined up. A lot depends on how the game goes tonight, where we are."
While he didn't outline those five options. Showalter said that in a perfect world, that option is already on the roster. That means you can start with long relievers Odrisamer Despaigne and Ubaldo Jimenez.
Despaigne seems to be the popular choice among those two, given Jimenez's recent struggles. In two relief appearances over 4 1/3 innings since joining the team last week, Despaigne has allowed one earned run. He worked as a starter all season at Triple-A Norfolk. Jimenez lost his rotation spot last week, and after a poor relief outing this weekend, has a 7.34 ERA.
Wednesday is the spot Mike Wright vacated in the rotation when he was optioned Friday night, and he can't be summoned back unless someone goes on the disabled list. Left-hander Brian Duensing's elbow problem, which the team was looking further into Tuesday, could allow for that possibility to play out.
By virtue of throwing 72 pitches in a five-inning start Monday, left-hander T.J. McFarland all but disqualified himself from a possible return Wednesday. He was optioned last week and would also require someone to go on the DL to return.
Wednesday's starter for Double-A Bowie, Jason Garcia, is already on the 40-man roster, as is left-hander Jayson Aquino, who would also be on four days' rest for Bowie. Garcia and Aquino have both experienced more success in recent starts than they did earlier in the season. Garcia has major league experience, pitching out of the Orioles bullpen last season as a Rule 5 pick.
Around the horn: Orioles outfielder Mark Trumbo remains just behind the top three American League outfielders in the voting for the 2016 All-Star Game, just over 27,000 votes out of the final starting spot. Trumbo, whose 20 home runs entering Tuesday were tied for the major league lead, was passed by Boston Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts but jumped ahead of Kansas City Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain. Betts' teammate, Jackie Bradley Jr., and Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout are the other two starting outfielders. Third baseman Manny Machado is the only Orioles player leading the voting at his position with catcher Matt Wieters second and first baseman Chris Davis third. Voting ends June 30. … The Orioles had a half-mound built in the batting cage, and Showalter joked they were going to name it after Darren O'Day, who the manager said is progressing toward throwing. ... Catcher Caleb Joseph joined Bowie on his rehab assignment Tuesday after three games with High-A Frederick.