More on the rotation shuffle

Left-handed pitcher Zach Britton will start Wednesday’s series finale against the Indians as Baltimore goes to a six-man rotation for at least the next week.

Orioles manager Buck Showalter met with the starters prior to Tuesday’s game in Cleveland and let them know the plan moving forward —which involves moving back the rest of the rotation a day—is basically to play things by ear.

The O’s, who are vying for a playoff spot, will now have ace Chris Tillman pitch against the Yankees on Monday, with the rotation for the four-game White Sox series that starts Thursday lining up as Miguel Gonzalez, Scott Feldman, Wei-Yin Chen and Bud Norris.

“We’ll revisit it around the ninth,” Showalter said of the rotation, which could include rookie righty Kevin Gausman later this month. “The first time we really have two guys to pick from.”

Britton, recalled from Triple-A Norfolk on Monday, is coming off his best start of the season Wednesday for the Tides and he’s worked hard to get back to his delivery from 2010.

“It’s exciting,” Britton said of getting the nod. “Another opportunity to come up here and show that I’ve made adjustments. Hopefully, [I’ll] give this team some innings and give the other starters a little breather, which is nice in September.”

In two career starts at Progressive Field, Britton is 1-1 with a 3.75 ERA and he will take the spot of Gonzalez, who is coming off his worst outing this season. The right-handed Gonzalez has never faced the White Sox and will now get an extra days’ rest and pitch at home.

Britton will have a full week between starts, but said he doesn’t think that will be an issue because Norfolk was on a six or seven-man rotation for most of the year so he’s used to it.

“It doesn’t…for example, Tillman makes the same number of starts,” Showalter said of the move. “We have some other options, too. See where Gaus is most valuable for us. It plays into who is healthy in our bullpen right now and who might need someone else down there.”

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I hope Buck figures out a way to get Gonzalez an extra day of rest before facing the Yankees. He’s pretty good against them, except for the last time out. Think he would start Gausman after Tillman against NY to push back Gonzo a day?

He could. It all depends on when Gaus throws out of the bullpen.

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