More on rotation, Britton note
The Orioles starting rotation could get pushed back a day with right-hander Steve Johnson expected to be recalled prior to Tuesday’s game as long as there’s an expected disabled list move. That move will be with reliever Troy Patton, who injured his ankle after yesterday’s game. The team is considering starting Johnson on his regular day –which is Tuesday –and pushing back the rest of the Orioles rotation which would solve the problem as to who starts on Saturday.
The team had been employing a four-man rotation and would have needed to make a move for a starter on Saturday if they do stay on turn. Johnson was scheduled to pitch Tuesday for Triple-A Norfolk already and if the Orioles push back the rest of the rotation Tommy Hunter would be scheduled to go on Saturday. Patton’s injury, which was first reported by MASNSports.com, enables the Orioles to recall Johnson from the Minors before his 10 days is up.
It’s one option that’s being kicked around, as the Orioles are also expected to officially add lefty J.C. Romero to the bullpen prior to Tuesday’s game. Romero was acquired in a trade for the Cleveland Indians earlier today and had pitched with Norfolk before opting out earlier this season. Assuming Patton goes to the DL, Romero will be the lone lefty in the ‘pen.
Left-handed pitcher Zach Britton made his first start tonight since being optioned to Triple-A and allowed six earned runs over 3 2/3 innings. He cracked a nail on his left index finger and struggled with command and finishing his pitches before being removed in the fourth inning. His next start day for the Tides would be Saturday as it stands right now and is another option if the Orioles decide to stay on turn in the current rotation.