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.”