Showalter keeping options open for starter on Saturday
By By Dan Connolly
Jun 07, 2012 | 6:21 PM
Orioles manager Buck Showalter has not named a starter for Saturday, though he did say his three choices are relievers Miguel Gonzalez and Dana Eveland and Triple-A Norfolk starter Tommy Hunter.
Hunter was supposed to pitch for the Tides on Thursday but was scratched, leading to speculation that he would definitely be starting for the Orioles on Saturday.
But Showalter shot that down – sort of – saying that Hunter is simply one possibility.
"We've done things to keep all of our options open. I think the next two days we'll see how we come out of the bullpen. We have some good options out of there if we want to go that direction on Saturday. But it was only prudent to keep all our options today with Tommy. So we did that last night after the game."
Jason Berken started Thursday's game for the Tides, but had to leave in the sixth inning after breaking his nose while chasing a foul pop-up. The 6-foot, 200-pound Berken collided with 6-foot-6, 240-pound first baseman Joe Mahoney.