Showalter on the closing situation
There are a few questions still left to sort out on the Orioles’ 25-man roster and one of those is who will get the ball in a save situation.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he could name an official closer if he “had to”, but since he doesn’t he won’t. The two guys who will get the primary save opportunities are Kevin Gregg and Koji Uehara. Michael Gonzalez is another option but he’s the only lefty in the ‘pen.
When asked who would close Friday if need be, Showalter said he would wait to see what the situation is.
“I’ve had some conversations,” Showalter said. “The one thing with Koji is you probably aren’t going to be able to go back-to-back with him initially.”
That would mean that Gregg could get more of an early look early on, depending –of course — on how the first series or two unfolds.
“If they got three left-handers there, we haven’t used Gonzo…Don’t hold me to anything,” Showalter said. “But I got a feeling the way it will work out right now. [I’m] not ready to totally commit to that yet.”