Orioles notebook: Kevin Gausman looks to improve in Wednesday's start

SEATTLE — Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman said the stat line from his last start didn't tell the entire story of how he pitched in Friday's 8-4 loss to the Los Angeles Angels.

Gausman, 24, was charged with six runs on nine hits over 5 2/3 innings, allowing the second-most runs in his seven big league starts this season.


"I felt like I was really close," Gausman said Tuesday. "The thing I struggled with the most is that I didn't put away guys. I threw too many good hitter's pitches with two strikes and at this level, even if you have a guy at two strikes it doesn't matter; they're going to hurt you. That's one thing I struggled with. I couldn't elevate when I wanted to and when I wanted to bounce something I just couldn't."

Three of the five runs scored when Gausman was on the mound — reliever Chaz Roe allowed one inherited to score — were driven in on two-strike counts, including Chris Iannetta's two-run double in the sixth that chased the starter from the game. So in preparation for his next start Wednesday afternoon, in the Orioles' series finale against the Seattle Mariners, Gausman said he has worked on throwing more enticing pitches out of the zone.


"That was one of the things I tried to work on in my side, throwing more balls, throwing more pitches out of the zone," Gausman said. "I think sometimes people see that I pound the strike zone for the most part and they're going to be swinging. That was one thing I tried to address in my bullpen session. … [I was] just trying to throw quality pitches down. One thing I worked on a lot was throwing my breaking ball, bouncing it on the plate. That's one thing I couldn't do the other day. I couldn't throw a ball down to save my life."

Roe to have injection

Roe, who went on the disabled list Monday with right shoulder tendinitis, is scheduled to receive a cortisone injection to relieve inflammation in the area. But Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he still expects Roe to return when he's eligible on Aug. 25.

"They found some inflammation there, but there's nothing there that shouldn't relieve itself during the period, so I'm looking forward to getting him back," Showalter said. "I think he'll manage it during that period and hopefully there's a way to get him back to where he was."

After the Orioles selected Roe's contract from Triple-A Norfolk on May 24, the right-hander began his Orioles career with 9 1/3 scoreless innings and posted a 0.90 ERA in his first 15 appearances over 20 innings. But over his past 13 appearances, Roe has a 6.14 ERA and opponents were hitting .365 against him.

"If you look at Chaz's history, this guy was a first-round pick," Showalter said. "He had done well for us. He did well in spring training. He did well in Norfolk. He did well when we called him up here. Guys are so cautious about saying anything. It may not show up in pure velocity or command, but it just didn't feel like that normal life was there. He talked to [bullpen coach] Dom [Chiti] about it, that the last two or three outings it didn't feel the same it did [before]."

Roe will remain with the team during his DL stint, Showalter said.

Several Orioles recognized by Baseball America


Showalter was selected by his peers as the American League's best manager in Baseball America's annual "Best Tools" survey of fellow managers, which was released on Tuesday.

Five Orioles players were also recognized. Manny Machado was selected as the best defensive third baseman in the AL, the league's best infield arm and the second-most exciting player in the AL. Closer Zach Britton was selected the second-best AL reliever, J.J. Hardy was the third-best defensive shortstop in the AL and Adam Jones was named the third-best defensive outfielder in the AL. Trade-deadline acquisition Gerardo Parra was ranked the second-best outfield arm and third best bunter in the National League.

In a survey of Triple-A managers, Norfolk right-hander Tyler Wilson was recognized for having the best control in the International League, Oliver Drake was voted the league's top reliever and Dariel Alvarez was named the league's top outfield arm.

Norris signs with Padres

Former Orioles right-hander Bud Norris signed a major league deal with the San Diego Padres on Tuesday.

Norris, a 15-game winner last season who was a key rotation piece in helping the Orioles win the AL East, was designated for assignment July 31 and eventually released. He went 2-9 with a 7.06 ERA in 18 games with the Orioles this season. He was 2-7 with a 6.79 ERA in 11 starts before being demoted to the bullpen, where he allowed 10 runs in 10 2/3 innings.


The Orioles were responsible for the prorated remainder of Norris' $8.8 million 2015 salary, which was about $2.85 million, but will be relieved of the prorated major league minimum ($507,500) the Padres will pay him.

Around the horn

Right-hander Chris Tillman entered Tuesday's late start in Seattle with a 6-0 record, a 2.09 ERA and five quality starts in seven career starts against the Mariners, the team that traded him to the Orioles in 2008. Tillman was also 2-0 with a 0.63 ERA in two starts at Safeco Field. … Infielder-outfielder Steve Pearce (oblique strain) and right-hander Mike Wright (left calf strain) both recovered well from beginning baseball activities Monday in Sarasota, Fla., Showalter said. … Wilson, who was scratched from his scheduled start at Norfolk on Sunday, was placed on the seven-day minor league DL after an MRI performed Tuesday revealed a mild left oblique strain. … The Orioles acquired right-handed reliever Jason Stoffel from the Houston Astros in exchange for cash Tuesday. Stoffel, 26, was 4-2 with a 4.91 ERA in 35 relief appearances over 44 innings with the Astros' Triple-A team in Fresno. Stoffel, a former fourth-round draft pick of the San Francisco Giants, will report to Double-A Bowie. ... With Triple-A Norfolk's win Monday, Tides manager Ron Johnson tied Frank Verdi for second place on Norfolk's all-time wins list (282). He entered Tuesday's game just two wins shy of Gary Allenson's franchise mark.