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Orioles notebook: Kevin Gausman to start for O's Saturday in Toronto

Kevin Gausman: $522,000
(Karl Merton Ferron, Baltimore Sun)

PHILADELPHIA — Orioles manager Buck Showalter said right-hander Kevin Gausman, who is on the disabled list with right shoulder tendinitis, will be activated this weekend and start Saturday night's game against the Blue Jays in Toronto.

The decision was expected, but the club wanted to see how Gausman felt after he threw two innings for High-A Frederick on Tuesday. Gausman allowed one run on one hit — a home run on the first pitch he threw — while striking out two batters.

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"I'm definitely ready. Ready to get back in the game, ready to get that adrenaline again," Gausman said. "It's been a month and a half, so it's been tough just sitting here watching baseball and not be able to do anything."

Gausman said he did get some good-natured ribbing from his Orioles teammates after they learned he gave up a homer on his first fastball in a High-A game.

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"There's not much you can do about that," Gausman said smiling. "I wasn't going to throw anything else first pitch of the game. He was looking for a fastball middle-in and he got it."

The Orioles will have to make another roster move Saturday when Gausman is added.

Showalter: 'Never was' problem with Chen

The day after the Orioles sent Wei-Yin Chen temporarily to Frederick as part of a roster crunch — and Chen responded with two critical tweets about the decision — Showalter said there "never was" a situation that he was concerned about, especially with the left-hander scheduled to pitch for the Orioles again on June 26.

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"I think I know our player pretty well. He's going to come back and pitch well for us," Showalter said. "He's going to miss one start, like a lot of our guys have done. I think just about everybody has."

Coincidentally, Chen's agent Scott Boras, who called the decision to send Chen to the minors with a sub-3.00 ERA "grossly irregular" on Tuesday, was at Citizens Bank Park on Wednesday for the signing of Phillies' first-round draft pick Cornelius Randolph. Boras was on the field during batting practice talking to some of his Orioles clients, including Chris Parmelee and Chris Davis. Showalter said he didn't expect to chat with Boras, however.

O's sign Meisinger, 13 others

The Orioles announced they had signed 14 draft picks Wednesday, including 11th-round right-hander Ryan Meisinger, a Dunkirk native who was the closer for Radford University. Also signed was 38th-round second baseman Jack Graham, son of Orioles player development director Brian Graham. Others that were announced and the rounds taken: left-hander Robert Strader (12), left-hander Nick Vespi (18), left-hander Will Dennis (23), third baseman Kirvin Moesquit (24), right-hander Rocky McCord (26), right-hander Andrew Elliott (30), left-hander Will Shepley (31), right-hander Steven Klimek (33), right-hander Kory Groves (34), left-hander Xavier Borde (36), infielder Frank Crinella (39) and right-hander Michael Costello (40). They now have signed 17 of their 41 picks.

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Showalter called it a "best-case scenario," but said right-hander Miguel Gonzalez (right groin) should start Saturday for Double-A Bowie, assuming his side session Thursday at Citizens Bank Park goes well. … Right-hander Jason Garcia (shoulder) will have a side session from a mound in Sarasota, Fla., on Thursday. … Triple-A Norfolk pitcher Steve Johnson (St. Paul's) was dealing with oblique soreness and underwent an MRI, which showed edema (swelling) but no tear. He is considered day-to-day. … Low-A Delmarva catcher Jonah Heim, who injured his left foot when he fouled a ball off of it in May, is in a walking boot for two weeks and may be able to avoid surgery, Showalter said. … Delmarva third baseman Jomar Reyes (sprained thumb) remains in a cast and will be lost for at least two weeks.

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