With Jimmy Yacabonis scratched from Sunday’s start because of an undisclosed illness, the Orioles considered starting right-hander Chris Tillman for the series finale against the Texas Rangers. But the Orioles will go another direction and will announce the starter before Sunday’s game after manager Buck Showalter indicated Tillman wouldn’t start following Saturday’s win.
That possibility hinged on how deep into Saturday night's game Yefry Ramírez could go. Ramírez pitched five scoreless innings Saturday.
Showalter said he’d prefer Tillman remains with Norfolk for at least one more rehabilitation start, as the team had originally scheduled, and he’ll get his wish.
“That’s what the plan was, and I know, talking to Dan [Duquette], that’d be best-case scenario,” Showalter said.
Throughout his rehab assignment, Tillman has struggled against minor league hitting, posting a 7.59 ERA in five starts. He has allowed 28 hits and walked 11 while striking out only 10 in 211/3 innings. That has worked out to a 1.828 WHIP.
Before going on the disabled list May 11 with a lower back strain, Tillman went 1-5 with a 10.46 ERA in seven starts with the Orioles, putting his rotation spot in jeopardy.
Bundy to start first game back
The ink on the post-All-Star break pitching rotation hasn’t quite dried yet. Showalter said he believes the order will be finalized this weekend, one that might vary when baseball resumes but will still include Kevin Gausman and Dylan Bundy, the latter of whom the Orioles have slotted to start Friday at the Toronto Blue Jays.
“He’s missed so much time, and he’s really pretty fresh,” Showalter said.
Bundy has a 12.27 ERA in two starts since returning from a left ankle injury on July 6, allowing 11 runs (10 earned) and 14 hits in 7 1/3 innings.
Around the horn
The Orioles wore Maryland flag script jerseys and Maryland flag-themed hats Saturday night as part of “Celebrate Maryland Day.” … Shortstop Manny Machado entered Saturday having hit safely in 72 of 94 games this season.