Orioles option Gausman

The Kevin Gausman shuttle continued on Monday, as Gausman was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk to clear a roster spot for reliever Julio DePaula and help aid an overworked Orioles bullpen for Monday’s series opener against the Nationals.

“Buck [Showalter] told me we needed a bullpen arm,” said Gausman, who started Sunday’s game and has been recalled and optioned back to the Minors three times over the past month despite pitching well. “It’s just one of those things. It’s happened a couple times this year and it’s happened every time we go into extras, so I kind of saw it coming…not really surprised, obviously I want to stay but I understand we want to keep those guys healthy out there.

Gausman was added to the roster prior to Sunday’s 12-inning win over the Red Sox and he went 5 1/3 innings. The righty, who held Boston to a run on four hits and a pair of walks, tallied a career-high seven strikeouts and has allowed one run or fewer in four of his past five big league starts.

Gausman, who has been demoted for roster space and not performance, has had an unusual few weeks as he was added to the team’s roster on June 27th as their 26th man, sent back to his optional assignment after the game and started for short-season Aberdeen before Sunday’s game at Fenway Park.

Gausman said he will make at least one start at Norfolk and with the four days for next week’s All-Star Break, he could only miss one start while serving the minimum 10-day stay.

Showalter reminded reporters on Sunday that there’s an end goal with the prized young righty and part of what they are doing, along with creating roster space, is to ensure Gausman isn’t shut down early.

“We are managing his innings so at some point, he’s good enough and we are good enough to pitch the rest of the season.”


Buck is over managing!! Gausman should stay up with theO’s & Rodriguez should not have been sent down!

I only hope the Orioles don’nt mess this up Gausman show’s real promise and I personaly believe next season he could be the 2nd or 3rd starter on this team he has a great arm and his fast ball moves well; he could help us greatly in the playoffs as long as management does not mess his mind up. Frank Kalita

This is totally stupid…… Need bullpen arms why again? feel free to demote players because of performance instead of numbers. Gonzalez and Jimenez and others should step up their games NOW so Gausman will be with the team for the 2nd half of the season. Why would Kevin sign a long term extension with this CLUB on the way the team treats him. STUPID

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