Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez said Thursday he was disappointed that the club had to place him on the 15-day disabled list because of the right groin strain he suffered on Tuesday night, but he conceded that it was the prudent move under the circumstances.
"I'm really bummed," he said. "I understand that it's the right thing to do. It's still sore. As I walk, I feel it, so I think we'll just go from there and see what happens."
To replace Gonzalez on the roster, the Orioles exercised their right to recall right-hander Mike Wright from Triple-A Norfolk. He'll be available in the bullpen for the next few games and could start in Gonzalez's place on Sunday if he isn't needed for extensive relief.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he remains hopeful that Gonzalez will not need more than the next two weeks to get past the soreness, but said the strain was probably "a tick worse" than the groin strain that hampered Gonzalez briefly in September of 2013.
"I feel confident that he'll make the period," Showalter said, "but watching him try to throw that last inning, it wasn't going to work. We waited a couple of days just to see. Obviously, he's worth waiting on. It's about Miguel. Not the need of the club right now, because we're actually in pretty good shape in the 'pen, considering six guys and a four- and a five-inning start. I couldn't ask for much more than that."
Showalter said the club's medical staff is confident they have a good handle on the extent of the strain and that extra testing will not be required to gauge the severity of it. Gonzalez said he just wants to recover fast enough to be ready to go immediately when the DL period expires on June 24.
"Of course, you don't want to be out more than what you really need," he said. "…We'll see when my bullpen [session] is going to be and [I'm] just hoping for the best."
Wright's imperfect recall
Wright is thrilled to be back with the big-league club after his strong four-game debut, but said he it would be sweeter if it was under better circumstances. He was itching to come back, of course, but not at the expense of Gonzalez.
"I was kind of hoping he was going to be able to return," Wright said. "I don't want anybody to get hurt and especially Miguel. I like Miguel. I don't want anybody to get hurt, obviously, but it's nice to be up here."
Whether Wright starts on Sunday depends on how much the club needs him to pitch out of the bullpen, but he seems like the most logical choice after the way he handled himself during the time he filled in for veteran starter Bud Norris. Showalter probably would like that to be the case, but the empty roster spot left by the Brian Matusz suspension prevents him from planning that far ahead.
"We're going to do what we can do to try and win this game tonight," he said before Thursday's game against the Boston Red Sox, "and then tomorrow, when we play another team, we're going to do whatever it takes to try to win that game and the same way Saturday. When the smoke clears, we have three options that we can use for Sunday and we'll decide then."
Tyler Wilson probably would be the second option, but it is not clear who would be the fallback from there. It might be knuckleballer Eddie Gamboa, who is coming off a strong performance in his last start for the Tides.
Joseph comfortable back in part-time role
Caleb Joseph, who has filled in so admirably during the long absence of starting catcher Matt Wieters, said Thursday that ceding playing time back to an All-Star teammate is not a difficult adjustment.
"The only thing that changes for me is the fact that my body feels rested," he said. "I don't know exactly what the timetable is for the alternating thing we're doing right now, but it's good to have Matt here in uniform and being able to discuss, like, 'Hey, what did you feel back there in yesterday's game?' rather than, 'What did you see on TV from Florida?' The only thing is feeling more rested and that's not a bad thing."
Joseph has tried to use Wieters as a resource throughout their time in the organization together and he said he continues to do so.
"He's been around,'' Joseph said. "He's an All-Star. He's a Gold Glove-caliber catcher and that's not by accident. He's one of the best in the business and he's as prepared as anybody I've ever played with. His knowledge of hitters and the way he retains information ... I'm just trying to be a sponge and trying to get as much of that as I can. Because he has a lot of in-game, real experiences that are hard to duplicate through a scouting report of a video."
Around the horn
Injured second baseman Jonathan Schoop will rejoin the club soon, but that doesn't mean he's getting close to a minor league rehab assignment. Showalter said again that Schoop's PCL strain is "a serious injury" and the consequences of coming back too soon could be career-threatening. "We've got to get it right,'' Showalter said. ... Former Orioles left-hander Erik Bedard has retired, according to the Dodgers' Class-A Rancho Cucamonga club. … The Oriole Bird and Fox Sports reporter Ken Rosenthal will wear special LUNGEVITY bow ties during Saturday night's nationally televised game to honor the memory of late O's public relations director Monica Barlow.