Wilson to start tmrw
BALTIMORE— Orioles right-hander Tyler Wilson will make a spot start on Friday, pushing the rest of the rotation back a day for the remaining three games of the Rays series.
“I’m really excited for the opportunity,” said Wilson, who found out on Thursday. “Hopefully I can just go out and attack the zone, throw strikes, get ahead and give our team a chance to win tomorrow.”
With Thursday’s upcoming off day, the move could also see struggling right-hander Mike Wright —who allowed six earned runs over 3-plus innings on Wednesday— skipped in the rotation.
Wilson, recalled at the end of the Triple-A season on Tuesday, is 2-1 with a 2.19 ERA in six games (two starts) in six separate stints for the Orioles this season. He was the organization’s 10th-round pick in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft. Wilson last pitched for Norfolk on September 10 and said being in the bullpen over the past few days he’s been prepared to pitch every day. He’s also not looking at the start as an audition.
“It’s important to just focus on the game at hand,” he said. “There’s a lot of things that go into this game that are out of my control, those decisions that people make. This opportunity that has presented itself tomorrow is just something I have been afforded the opportunity to do. So each time I go out I just go out there and compete. I try to control the things that I can, focus on the work week moving up to it, the scouting report and the plan of attack going in to tomorrow and just execution. And let everything else take care of itself.