Weather hasn't been kind to the Orioles over the first five weeks of the regular season — forcing numerous delays and postponements that have altered the team's schedule — but the Orioles received an assist from Mother Nature.
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.
Mike Wright hasn't had many opportunities to prove his worth in the Orioles starting rotation. Sixteen days into the season and Wright was stepping on the mound Tuesday for just his second start, his scheduled starts postponed twice because of weather and pushed back one other time. And even though he posted a quality start in the Orioles' 4-3 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays, Wright might already be pitching to save his spot.
Right-hander Kevin Gausman said he saw his pending trip to the disabled list to begin the season coming when he had his cortisone injection in his shoulder earlier this month, and hopes to be back about two weeks into the season.
Orioles pitchers Mike Wright and Tyler Wilson rode from Sarasota to JetBlue Stadium together Monday, then pitched well to cap a spring when they've been lumped together in their rise from minor league depth to starting rotation candidates.
After some initial confusion on whether Kevin Gausman would be forced to miss a turn in the rotation if he lands on the disabled list with his right shoulder tendinitis, manager Buck Showalter said Gausman would be available the first time the Orioles need a fifth starter if he starts the season on the DL.
The Orioles hope their decision to give prized right-hander Kevin Gausman a cortisone injection for lingering shoulder tendinitis will help the talented 25-year-old have the breakout season they're anticipating in his first season as a full-time major league starter.
Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman, who was primed to crack the Opening Day starting rotation for the first time in his promising career, could miss the beginning of the season recovering from right shoulder tendinitis.
Juan Nicasio struck out 10 batters in just four innings during an impressive display of mid-spring command that victimized every starter in the Orioles batting order except outfielder Hyun Soo Kim. The Pirates took advantage of that dominating performance to take an early three-run lead, but the Orioles stormed back to score a 9-3 victory before a sellout crowd of 7,842 at Ed Smith Stadium.
Orioles starter Kevin Gausman was mad at himself, but it wasn't because he gave up a towering home run to Pittsburgh Pirates star Andrew McCutchen in his second Grapefruit League start. He was more disturbed by the leadoff walk to catcher Francisco Cervelli that set up the two-run blast that marred an otherwise strong performance.
With two innings in a ¿B¿ game under his belt Thursday and not much disruption to his throwing program despite a right hip flexor strain that kept him out of games until this point, Orioles starter Chris Tillman believes he¿s not at risk to miss the beginning of the regular season.
Orioles right-hander Dylan Bundy hasn¿t worn No. 49 long enough to be attached to the jersey number, so when the team added right-hander Yovani Gallardo ¿ who has worn No. 49 over his entire major league career ¿ he easily gave it up.
Orioles pitching coach Dave Wallace isn¿t available to the media very often. But it¿s not that he¿s by any means dodging reporters. It¿s that most of the time he¿s seen working with his pupils, a towel usually draped over his shoulder watching a bullpen session or doing some other preparation with the club¿s pitchers.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter met with the media this afternoon at FanFest and spoke about several topics, including the team's chase of Chris Davis, the team's alternatives at first base, the love he gets from the fan base, the growth of Kevin Gausman and the return of Darren O'Day.