The news content was light in manager Buck Showalter’s pregame session with the media.
Still no word on tomorrow afternoon’s starter.
“We’ve got our options that we’re prepared to use,” Showalter said. “Obviously, Miguel (Gonzalez) isn’t one of them now. We’ll see how we do tonight. But we have options for tomorrow.”
The Orioles will have to make room on the 25-man roster if Tommy Hunter is recalled. Gonzalez is a candidate to be optioned despite two solid relief outings with the Orioles. He went four innings yesterday and won’t be available for a few days.
“You can see why he was doing well in Triple-A,” Showalter said. “When you can command the fastball, it opens up a lot of avenues for you. He’s pitched well.”
Could Gonzalez be a starter in the majors?
“I don’t know,” Showalter said. “I’d love to tell you exactly. I’m not that smart. But he was getting into that progression at Norfolk when we took him because it fell on his day and we needed that length. I think that’s still something we’re looking at.”
It could benefit Gonzalez to start every five or six days at Norfolk rather than sit for long stretches in the Orioles’ bullpen.
“Maybe. We’ll see,” Showalter said. “Obviously, we’ve got to make some room if we make a move for a starter tomorrow. We may not have to. I’m not sure how they’re constructed with the addition of (Jamie) Moyer and some of the other things they’ve got going on.”
As I mentioned earlier, Jason Berken is scheduled to start Tuesday for Norfolk after breaking his nose yesterday when he ran into first baseman Joe Mahoney while chasing a pop-up.
“He sent Richie (Bancells) a picture of his broken nose today. It’s broken,” Showalter said. “I know it’s no surprise that Mahoney’s OK.
“Ron (Johnson) said it wasn’t really anybody’s fault. It was one of those short pop ups and not in the air long enough for anybody to call it.”
Catcher Taylor Teagarden is hitting off a tee at extended spring training, but nothing changed yesterday with outfielder Nolan Reimold. He still hasn’t been cleared to start baseball activities.
Mark Reynolds is starting again at first base tonight. Asked whether Reynolds would play third again this season, Showalter replied, “He almost went over there last night. He can still go back over there. We could conceivably do it, but he’s playing pretty well at first. We’ve got some guys we can move around and we’ll continue to do that if we need to. It’s not something that we turned our back on.”
Fans are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items and cash donations to Camden Yards for each game against the Phillies to benefit the Maryland Food Bank.
For the 26th consecutive year, the Orioles, along with Orioles Wives, Oriole Advocates, WJZ-TV and MASN personalities, Von Paris Moving and Storage and the Maryland Food Bank will hold their 26th annual Food and Funds Drive this weekend, June 8-10, during the Orioles’ series with the Phillies. Members of these groups will collect non-perishable food items and monetary donations from fans at each entrance from the time gates open until the middle of the 2nd inning.
Yes, I’ll be around, so please give me a shout and a donation.