Orioles left-hander Wade Miley, whose spring has been a stop-and-start affair because of a dangerous line drive and a week-long illness, will open the season on the disabled list, manager Buck Showalter said Thursday.
Showalter said Miley, Chris Tillman (shoulder), and outfielder Anthony Santander (elbow/shoulder) will all start the year on the DL. Miley, however, will benefit from the new 10-day DL.
“That doesn’t keep Miley from making his start [on April 9],” Showalter said. “I believe that’s the plan.”
Miley, who went four innings Tuesday in his longest outing of the spring, has only pitched 13 innings over five starts. His second outing March 3 was cut short after one inning when a line drive came back and hit him on the arm and chest. He was fine, but ended up missing his March 20 start because of illness and didn’t get back into a game until Tuesday.
The plan is for Miley to get one more game, likely a simulated game since the minor league camp will be finished and the minor league regular season begins Thursday, before being activated to be the Orioles’ fourth starter April 9.
Because of the timing of Opening Day roster deadlines, if the Orioles wanted to cover themselves in case Miley isn’t ready to start that day, the pitcher they choose to serve as his deputy would need to be optioned to the minors Thursday to spend the requisite ten days on assignment.
In a similar situation, Boston Red Sox starter Drew Pomeranz pitched on Wednesday, but is also going to the DL with an elbow issue in anticipation of throwing a simulated game Tuesday and pitching for the major league club Sunday.