Orioles vs. Indians, Gausman here for Garcia (updated)

*The Orioles optioned pitcher Freddy Garcia and recalled rookie Kevin Gausman from Triple-A Norfolk prior to Monday’s series opener against the Cleveland Indians. With Garcia’s service time and contract, he has the ability to turn down the option and become a free agent.

Garcia lasted 2 1/3 innings against Toronto on Sunday, surrendering seven earned runs in the Orioles’ loss, and the veteran will head home to Miami while his next step remains in limbo.  If he clears waivers, Garcia –who said he has no plans to retire—will become a free agent.

“I did my job for a little bit and the last couple starts,  no,” said Garcia, who pitched to a 5.77 ERA over 53 innings for the Orioles, earning a rotation spot after a solid campaign with Triple-A Norfolk. “So that’s this game. Especially here [in Baltimore], they make a lot of moves. So, it’s my turn, I guess.”

Garcia, who said he enjoyed  his time with the Orioles “very much”, didn’t rule out a possible return to the organization should he not get an opportunity to latch out at the big league-level elsewhere.

Gausman was optioned to Norfolk after June 14’s start and the 22-year-old has made five starts for the Orioles, going 0-3 with a 7.66 ERA after making the jump from Double-A Bowie. He has allowed 21 earned runs over 24 2/3 innings with 20 strikeouts and six walks and is an option to start Friday’s game against the Yankees in Garcia’s spot.

*Brian Roberts will join Triple-A Norfolk tomorrow, as he plays his first games since hamstring surgery earlier this season.

Roberts has been with the team for two weeks and has participated in pregame workouts like batting practice and taking ground balls. But manager Buck Showalter said there’s no simulation for game speed. He’ll likely play at least three games for the Tides, Showalter said.

*Lefty Wei-Yin Chen (oblique) threw four innings of a simulated game today in Sarasota and will be in Baltimore tomorrow to take a work day with the team. After that, he’ll be sent out for a minor league rehab assignment that could be as short as one start.

*Outfielder Nolan Reimold (hamstring) still needs more at-bats in his minor league rehab assignment. He’ll be with Double-A Bowie on Monday as it starts a four-game road series in Richmond, Va.

*Dylan Bundy (right flexor mass tightness) is still throwing from flat ground at a distance of 120 feet, but Showalter said he hopes to get to a mound soon.

*Wilson Betemit (right knee) hasn’t made a significant step forward with his rehab, nor has reliever Steve Johnson (oblique).

*The O’s have signed right-handed pitcher Casey Upperman from Independent Normal (IL) of the Frontier League to a Minor League deal. He has reported to Class-A Delmarva.
INDIANS LINEUP
Michael Bourn CF
Mike Aviles SS
Jason Kipnis 2B
Nick Swisher 1B
Carlos Santana C
Mark Reynolds 3B
Michael Brantley LF
Ryan Raburn DH
Drew Stubbs RF

Ubaldo Jimenez RHP
ORIOLES LINEUP
Nate McLouth LF
Manny Machado 3B
Nick Markakis RF
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis 1B
J.J. Hardy SS
Matt Wieters C
Travis Ishikawa DH
Ryan Flaherty 2B

Zach Britton LHP

2 Comments

Not too sad to see Garcia hit the road, but not sure Gausman is ready to come back. Getting hit at Norfolk doesn’t inspire ton of confidence that he’s worked out issues. Rather see him stay there until he’s consistently pitching well.

Interesting article, as always. Guess Gausman could also be kept in reserve for long relief, too.

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