ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles rotation is tentatively set for the rest of the regular season, which is down to eight games.
Wei-Yin Chen will start Monday afternoon against the Rays in the final road game. Chris Tillman, Bud Norris and Miguel Gonzalez are scheduled to start against the Blue Jays at Camden Yards. Scott Feldman, Chen and Tillman are listed for the Red Sox series that closes the season.
Tillman tweaked his ankle while covering third base in his last start in Boston, but he threw on the side today and is expected to pitch against the Blue Jays. However, there are no guarantees that he takes the mound again next Sunday if the Orioles are eliminated from the wild card race.
Could Tsuyoshi Wada get the start? Hey, anything’s possible at this point.
Showalter left open the possibility that Jason Hammel could start in Norris’ place on Wednesday. Norris has been moved to the bullpen and continues to receive treatment on his right elbow.
Hammel is a free agent after the season and may not make another start for the Orioles unless he replaces Norris.
The Blue Jays are listing Todd Redmond, Esmil Rogers and Mark Buehrle as their starters against the Orioles in the series begins on Tuesday.
Note: Rays third baseman Evan Longoria has been scratched from the lineup with flu-like symptoms. Kelly Johnson will replace him.