Gausman headed to DL
The Orioles will place right-handed pitcher Kevin Gausman on the 15-day disabled lift with right shoulder tendinitis and are expected to add lefty T.J. McFarland prior to Friday’s game.
“Once he gets out here and he gets warmed up and is throwing he’s fine, but some of the symptoms he had this morning we didn’t like,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said of Gausman, who pitched a scoreless inning in the O’s 4-3 loss to the Yankees Thursday night. ” We are going to work it up and make sure everything is OK in there structurally before we continue to pitch him. We had talked about possibly sending him down [to Triple-A] and getting him some starts anyway.
The 24-year-old Gausman has pitched to a 1-0 record and a 4.50 ERA in his first eight appearance and is starting some anti-inflammatory medication that Showalter said typically takes 72 hours to really kick in. The O’s are understandably cautious with Gausman, the fourth overall selection of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft, as he’s one of their top young pitchers and is a projected frontline starter.
“That’s a really driving force in a decision like this, we just can’t…getting involved in the free agent market and knowing who we are and who we are not,” Showalter said. “That’s why I talk about the nine or 10 guys between Double and Triple-A that we are excited about. Kevin is one of those guys. You never know what you are going to have next year. These are assets that you can’t afford to abuse in any form or fashion. We’re always going to err on that side. It’s hard to do. I would be very easy to continue with him down there and we’d probably be fine, but I and we don’t want to take any chance with it. I’d rather have him, but we’d also rather have him long term.”
Gausman is 11-12 with a 4.21 ERA in 48 appearances (25 starts) in the Major Leagues. Competing for a rotation spot this spring, the O’s opted to manage his innings and keep Ubaldo Jimenez in the rotation instead.
McFarland had a 1-2 record and a 4.24 ERA in five starts for Norfolk this season. He pitched to a 2.76 ERA in 37 appearances with the Orioles in 2014.