The Orioles' annual January minicamp, which will be held this week for the fourth straight year at the Ed Smith Stadium complex in Sarasota, Fla., essentially gives the club's major league staff a head start on spring training.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter said that right-hander Kevin Gausman, who is dealing with a mild intercostal strain in his ribcage suffered during his most recent start, was feeling better Friday and is scheduled to start either Tuesday or Wednesday on the road against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Kevin Gausman allowed three runs in six arduous innings in Friday's 4-3 loss to the Detroit Tigers, a start that on the surface does not fit tidily into his recent run of scoreless starts, or the August string of dominance that possibly heralded his arrival as a front-line starting pitcher.
Kevin Gausman has had his way with the Yankees in his past two starts, and on Saturday night at Camden Yards held New York to just two singles through six scoreless innings in a 2-0 Orioles win in front of an announced crowd of 30,855.
Kevin Gausman remembers how quickly things turned in 2014. That year, as they do now, the Orioles had an underperforming rotation that early in the season was ruled unfit for a team with championship aspirations.