Right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez, who was originally scheduled to pitch Sunday, will start Game 1 of Sunday's doubleheader and right-hander Chris Tillman, initially Saturday's starter, will start Game 2, the Orioles announced Saturday.
In preparation for a rainout Saturday, the Orioles had scratched right-hander Kevin Gausman from his scheduled start with Triple-A Norfolk on Friday so he could be an option to start Game 2 under the 26th-man rule for doubleheaders. Instead, the Orioles can now add an extra bullpen arm to use in the second game of the doubleheader, possibly left-hander T.J. McFarland, who was optioned to Triple-A on Friday.
The 26th-man rule allows teams to call up a player for a doubleheader, but that player must be returned to the minors after the games. In cases when a doubleheader is scheduled less than 48 hours in advance, the 26th man can only be used in the second game. The extra player can be one who hasn't fulfilled his mandatory 10-day minor league option window, as would be the case with McFarland.
Gausman was rescheduled to start Saturday for Norfolk, but the game was rained out. Gausman is now scheduled to start for the Tides Sunday, and could be shortened up so he is kept available to fill a hole in the Orioles rotation Thursday against the Texas Rangers.
Jimenez is 0-2 with an 8.10 ERA in three career starts against the Indians, but allowed just one run on six hits with six walks in a five-inning start in Cleveland on June 6. Having Jimenez go first might be because he is 1-0 with a 2.37 ERA in three day starts this season, compared to 5-3 with a 3.73 ERA in 11 starts at night.
Tillman will be working on two extra days of rest. He already received an extra day because of Monday's day off, which allowed him two work days coming off his shortest outing of the season. Tillman lasted just 1 1/3 innings in Toronto on Sunday.
The Indians will start right-hander Trevor Bauer in Game 1 on Sunday and will call up right-hander Toru Murata to start Game 2 for his major league debut.
Buying times on Jones
No one likes to play doubleheaders because it's difficult to win two games in one day, but Saturday's rainout provided the Orioles an additional day before having to make a decision on whether to place center fielder Adam Jones on the disabled list.
Showalter previously said the team would decide Saturday whether to place Jones on the DL based on how well he recovered from a throwing session Friday, the first time he tested his ailing right shoulder in a week.
The club now gets the benefit of an extra day. A DL move on Jones can be backdated to last Sunday, so if Jones is placed on the DL, he would miss just eight more days until he's eligible to return on July 6, when the team opens a three-game series in Minnesota.
Jones has played in just two of the Orioles' last 10 games after hurting his shoulder attempting to make a diving play on June 15.