SARASOTA, Fla.— Kevin Gausman pitched just one inning in the Orioles’ 6-4 loss to the Tigers on Thursday and manager Buck Showalter said he could shorten up the right-hander as a potential bullpen option in the final two weeks of camp.
“Until everything shakes out, I want him to be ready to do both things,” Showalter said of Gausman, who allowed two earned runs, both of which came on Victor Martinez’s homer on Thursday.
Gradually stretched out as a starter this spring, Gausman in shorter stints could tip the O’s hand as to how they want to shake out the Opening Day rotation, which right now has six guys vying for five spots.
“There’s a possibility [to go to the bullpen] for everybody,” Showalter said. “Really all options open right now. We’ve got some time to make decisions, dealing from some quality right now. I don’t worry about it a lot because we’re picking from a number of people we like. As opposed to last man standing.”
Gausman, instructed to not throw any bullpens until he arrived at Spring Training this year, had steadily been increasing his workload. Prior to Thursday, his last outing had been four innings in a Minor League start against the Red Sox.
Gausman said he wasn’t sure what the plan was for him innings-wise heading into the game and the Orioles haven’t talked to him about being in the bullpen yet.
“Yeah, obviously I think I showed last year that I can pitch out there [in relief],” Gausman said. “I feel good out there, but I also feel comfortable starting, so that’s pretty much their decision.”
Showater said he would confer with pitching coach Dave Wallace as to when Gausman would throw next, but said the team “isn’t there yet” with having him throw back-to-back days.
Orioles starter Chris Tillman said after Thursday’s start there’s been nothing new in the past few months regarding an extension with Baltimore.
“I’m always open to it,” Tillman said. “I think I’m in the same position as I was when we were when we talked last time [in January]. I’m letting [my agent] do all the work. I hear about, read about it, but I told him not to come to me unless we’ve got something for sure. Same place we were last time we talked.”
Tillman would not be a free agent until after 2017 season and is making $4.315 million with the O’s this season. While there hasn’t been much progress between the two sides, a report earlier in the week that the two sides have begun extension negotiations had teammates asking Tillman.
“From what people are talking about, yeah. I get asked about it in the clubhouse all the time,” he said. “I try to stay away from that, and get ready for the season.”
As for extension talks during the season, Tillman said he’d rather not.
“I’ve been told we’re not going to continue that into the season,” he said. “We’ve got two weeks [left] for the most part.”
*The Orioles have mapped out the tentative rehab schedule for catcher Matt Wieters, who will remain with the team through their season-opening series at Tampa Bay.
“He’s gonna be ready for extended spring,” Showalter said of Wieters, who will not have those games in Sarasota count against him on the rehab clock. Once Wieters gets some work in extended spring games he will head back up to Baltimore and start an official rehab assignment.
“He will work out of our locker room with [Double-A] Bowie and [Class-A] Fredrick,” Showalter said. “I’ve got an idea of what he’s targeted but I’m not going to throw that date out there…[it’s] encouraging. I think he feels good about where it is.”
Wieters will resume throwing on Saturday. He hasn’t been hitting during this recent shutdown and Showalter said he could serve at designated hitter as well once he works back to extended spring games.
*J.P. Arencibia was scratched from Thursday’s Minor League game with a right flexor mass injury. Showalter wasn’t sure how it occurred, he said Arencibia took regular batting practice and was fine when he left for the Major League game in Lakeland.
Arencibia has been catching regularly in Minor League games as the Orioles wanted him to get into the swing of things. He had a slow start defensively in the Grapefruit League and Showalter thinks he was trying too hard to impress his new organization.
“I sat down with him three or four days ago, I said, ‘is there something we can do different?’ Because I know he’s so much better than he’s shown,” Showalter said. “And he has, yesterday I was reading the [Minor League] reports about him coming over here. Pretty effervescent yesterday.”
He’s going to be a guy if he ends up Triple-A, if he does, you are going to like him around the players. It’s not like he’s 40 years old. This guy likes to play. For a guy that’s played four or five years in the big leagues, nothing is beneath him. He and [Ryan] Lavarnway both are very intrigued with what they heard about John Russell and the catching program. First thing they did when they walked in was, can we try that? Some of the footwork that caleb and the other guys are doing. He’s very receptive from Day 1.”
*Jonathan Schoop had two teeth removed yesterday, one of which was a wisdom tooth, and said he will get two more removed in the offseason. The pair that they took out they had to be done now or he would have been sidelined at some point later this season.
*David Lough said his back is feeling better and he hopes to return to game action on Friday. Lough is just getting treatment right now and you can tell he’s antsy to get back out there.
Manny Machado 3B
Dariel Alvarez CF
Jimmy Paredes DH
Delmon Young RF
Nolan Reimold LF
Ryan Lavarnway C
Christian Walker 1B
Jayson Nix 2B
Paul Janish SS
Chris Tillman RHP
*Second baseman Jonathan Schoop is unavailable for Wednesday’s game as Schoop is getting dental work.
“He needs all four wisdom teeth out and he needs two teeth extracted,” manager Buck Showalter said. “They’re going to try and hold off on the wisdom teeth, but he’s going to be down for a few days.”
Schoop is 9-for-37 with two homers and two doubles in 14 spring games.
*One of the first Orioles at the Ed Smith Stadium complex every morning is outfielder Delmon Young, who arrives around 6 a.m. to get in a workout before the sun comes up.
“I’ve been doing this since 2004 [as a Devil Ray] with Carl Crawford. It’s just something I’ve always done,” Young said of his early morning habits. “He was the leader of the team when I first showed up at big league camp, so I followed him around everywhere. He would show up early, so I’d show up early.”
Young is 9-for-32 at the plate this spring and has seen plenty of time in the outfield, though he pointed out he hasn’t gotten a lot of balls hit his way. Still, much has changed in a year for Young, who was a non-roster guy last spring trying to make the team. After batting .302/.337/.442 in 83 games in 2014, Young re-signed with Baltimore this winter and is expected to he have a much bigger role this season.
*Outfielder David Lough, who was scratched from Tuesday’s lineup, said his back is slowly improving and is hopeful he’ll be back in games soon.
“I’m not concerned,” Lough said of the injury. “It’s a lot better today than it was yesterday so it’s a good sign, knowing it’s already healing.”
Lough suffered the injury Tuesday morning in the batting cages, while picking up baseballs.
“I picked up a ball and my low back started spasming on me and I could barely walk yesterday,” he said. “I talked to the trainers, they kind of shut me down yesterday and I feel a lot better today. Hopefully ill be back [Thursday], maybe a couple days, whenever they feel like it’s best for me to get back on the field.”
Everth Cabrera 2B
Manny Macahdo 3B
Steve Pearce 1B
Adam Jones CF
Delmon Young RF
J.J. Hardy SS
Nolan Reimold LF
Jimmy Paredes DH
Caleb Joseph C
Wei-Yin Chen LHP
I just don’t think he’s real confident throwing the ball. Didn’t seem real confident challenging the strike zone with his stuff. It’s normal. We have a couple more weeks, he’ll get the ball a couple more times. Feel confident he’ll make some strides and be ready.”
*The Orioles aren’t overly concerned about Hunter Harvey’s injury, since it shortens up Harvey’s season anyhow.
“If there is actually such a thing as a good [injury],” manager Buck Showalter said. “It’s not-displaced, hairline and he was only going to throw about X number of innings anyway so now we can just let him go when he gets back. So I don’t look at it as anything, It kind of keeps us from having to break up his season, there’s a half-full (opinion) for you.”
Showalter said Harvey hit 98 mph in that inning on Saturday.
“He’s in a good place, so freshen up his arm a little bit and get him back out there in four to six weeks,” he said. It’s the definition of hairline. You have to really look for it. I don’t know why they went with a CT scan. He must have had some point tenderness today or something. Most of those things, some people pitch with them, play with them. Just not a good idea right now because then it may become displaced. So just put him in a boot and he’ll be ready to go.”
SARASOTA, Fla.—Orioles top pitching prospect Hunter Harvey is out 4-6 weeks with a slight fracture of his right fibula.
*Orioles manager Buck Showalter knows who he isn’t rooting for during the NCAA men’s basketball tournament: Notre Dame.
“I want to see [Orioles prospect Pat Connaughton get eliminated as soon as possible,” Showalter said with a grin. “I’m just being frank. Not in a bad way.”
“That’s how I feel; looking at everything from the Orioles angle.”
Connaughton, a senior who helped the Irish advance to the Sweet Sixteen, was the O’s fourth-round pick in last year’s Draft. He would be able to start his pro baseball career earlier this year should the Irish be eliminated.
*Hunter Harvey will get a CT scan today after X-rays were negative on his right ankle yesterday. He’s been walking around fine, the team just wants to be sure.
*With Matt Wieters unlikely to be ready for Opening Day, the assumption is the Os will start Caleb Joseph.
Alejandro De Aza RF
Manny Machado 3B
Chris Davis 1B
Adam Jones CF
Travis Snider DH
J.J. Hardy SS
David Lough LF
Steve Clevenger C
Ryan Flaherty 2B
Bud Norris RHP
Jon Jay LF
Kolten Wong 2B
Jhonny Peralta SS
Matt Adams 1B
Randal Grichuk RF
Scott Moore 3B
Stephen Piscotty DH
Peter Bourjos CF
Cody Stanley C
John Lackey RHP