The Orioles might not decide for another few days whether right-hander Yovani Gallardo will need one more minor league rehab start before returning from the disabled list, but manager Buck Showalter said he is encouraged by an increase in Gallardo's fastball velocity.
Orioles starter Mike Wright made the most of the opportunity presented to him, earning his first win in nearly three weeks in the Orioles' 4-1 comeback victory over Kansas City. Wright allowed a sole unearned run over seven innings of work, tying his longest start of the season, while holding Kansas City to five hits — four of them singles.
For the fifth time in sixth games, the Orioles (33-23) erased a late deficit for a 4-1 win in the series opener against the defending World Series champion Kansas City Royals before 14, 873 fans at Camden Yards.
The Orioles will be without reliever Darren O'Day for at least 15 days after the team's setup man was placed on the disabled list prior to Friday's series opener against the New York Yankees. The Orioles recalled right-hander Mike Wright from Triple-A Norfolk to take O'Day's roster spot.
Manager Buck Showalter was trying to find the right word Wednesday afternoon to describe how his inconsistent hitters might be feeling after losing the first two games of the four-game home series against the first-place Boston Red Sox.
If he performs the way others have in many similar situations over the past few years, it will be another tribute to Buck Showalter's skill in creating an environment in spring training that encourages young players to assimilate with their major league counterparts and feel like full partners in the future of the franchise.
The fact that Caleb Joseph, who fell to his knees for several moments after he was hit by Travis Shaw's foul ball in the eighth inning remained in the game quelled concern, but hours later Joseph was in an area hospital undergoing a surgical procedure for a testicular injury.
On Friday, the Orioles will open their longest road trip of the season thus far: a three-city, nine-game, 10-day trip that will take them to face the Los Angeles Angels, Houston Astros and Cleveland Indians, forcing them to play games in three different time zones.
There has been no indication on when right-hander Yovani Gallardo will return from the right shoulder tendinitis that put him out of action late last month. When he does, the Orioles believe the wait will be worth it.
Orioles starters Tyler Wilson and Mike Wright need to develop into pitchers who can get deep into ballgames to save a bullpen that is without closer Zach Britton (sprained ankle) for at least some time. The result will be jumbled and short-handed.
Right-hander Tyler Wilson's spot start on Saturday night was by no means an audition — he was placed in the position because it was the best way for the Orioles to protect their bullpen — but Wilson made a strong case to remain in his team's struggling rotation in his first starting opportunity of the season.
The Orioles avoided sending T.J. McFarland back to the minors, instead opting to immediately place right-hander Yovani Gallardo — who left Friday's game after just two innings — on the DL with right bicep tendinitis.
The Orioles¿ rotation issues grew deeper on Friday night as right-hander Yovani Gallardo suffered his shortest outing in nearly four years, lasting just two innings in the Orioles¿ 4-2 loss to the defending World Series champion Kansas City Royals.
Manny Machado's scalding start to the season might not be that surprising to those who have seen the Orioles third baseman blossom into one of the game's top young stars. But even Machado's teammates express wonderment over his consistency at the plate over the team's first 14 games. Machado entered Friday's series opener against the Kansas City Royals leading the major leagues with a .407 batting average and 24 hits. His .780 slugging percentage and 1.251 OPS led American League hitters and
Manny Machado's scalding start to the season might not be that surprising to those who have seen the Orioles third baseman blossom into one of the game's top young stars. But even Machado's teammates possess some wonderment about how Machado has been so consistent at the plate over the team's first 14 games. Machado entered Friday's series opener against the Kansas City Royals leading the major leagues with a .407 batting average and 24 hits. His .780 slugging percentage and 1.251 OPS led all
Orioles rookie right-hander Tyler Wilson, who has pitched well in a long-relief role this season, will make his first start of the season Saturday against the Kansas City Royals. The move will allow the club to cover itself with long relief bullpen help and still activate two pitchers coming off the disabled list -- left-handed reliever Brian Matusz on Saturday and right-hander Kevin Gausman to start Monday.
It certainly would be a treat for Orioles fans if they could dispatch the Blue Jays and send Jose "Bat Flip" Bautista and his friends packing before heading back out on the road to face the world champion Kansas City Royals this weekend.