What happens next with the Orioles rotation remains an intriguing riddle.
Miguel Gonzalez can’t come off the disabled list until June 25. Mike Wright’s next turn is Friday night in Toronto, but does Tyler Wilson replace him after tossing 3 1/3 scoreless innings yesterday? Does Kevin Gausman get a start over the weekend?
I’ve predicted that Gausman will face the Blue Jays, but he just as easily could slip into a temporary relief role despite earlier talk that he needed to be stretched out at Triple-A Norfolk.
The Orioles could make another roster move today to insert another fresh arm into the bullpen. Wright could be optioned, since he won’t be available again before Friday. Oliver Drake is eligible to return, though he doesn’t fit the description of a long man.
Double-A Bowie’s Tim Berry is on the 40-man roster, but it doesn’t appear that he ‘s a consideration.
The homestand continues tonight with the Phillies visiting Camden Yards for two games before the Orioles return the favor the next two days at Citizens Bank Park. Let’s count the references to the 1983 World Series while the series is in Baltimore.
The Orioles took two of three in 2012 at Camden Yards. Their last three-games sweep of the Phillies at home occurred in 1997. The Phillies swept the Orioles in a three-game set in Baltimore in 2003.
The June 9, 2012 game featured Adam Jones’ second career walk-off home run in the 12th inning. If you can name the pitcher without looking him up, I’d strongly suggest a hobby or an intervention.
The following day included Steve Tolleson’s three-run homer off Cliff Lee and Matt Wieters’ walk-off double in the 10th inning.
The Orioles have won the last three season series after going 0-4-1 from 2001-2005.
Aaron Harang, a 37-year-old veteran of 14 major league seasons, will make his fourth career start against the Orioles. He’s 1-2 with a 6.00 ERA in three outings, and he allowed seven runs and seven hits in five innings in his only start at Camden Yards.
Harang is 4-7 with a 3.04 ERA and 1.096 WHIP in 13 starts and 83 innings this season. He’s allowed 13 runs (12 earned) and 13 hits, walked seven and struck out six over his last two starts covering 11 2/3 innings. Most recently, he surrendered four home runs to the Reds over six innings.
J.J. Hardy is only 6-for-28 (.214) against Harang, but it includes three home runs. Jones is 3-for-6 with two doubles, Ryan Flaherty is 2-for-4 with a double and home run, and Manny Machado is 2-for-5 with a double.
Left-hander Wei-Yin Chen is making his first career start against the Phillies. He’s 4-4 with a 4.88 ERA in nine interleague starts.
(OK, I’ll save you the trouble. The Jones walk-off home run came against B.J. Rosenberg, who also doubles as my accountant.)
* The Orioles were impressed with Machado’s reaction Saturday night to Mark Teixeira’s hard slide into the third baseman’s knees on a force out. Teixeira barreled into Machado, wiping him out.
Machado got back on his feet and returned the ball to his pitcher. Manager Buck Showalter said it was a scary moment. One of Machado’s teammates vented about it during the next mound conference. Meanwhile, Machado maintained his composure.
* To settle the confusion over Jason Garcia, he would retain Rule 5 status throughout the 2016 season if he falls short of 90 active days this season on the Orioles’ 25-man roster. It’s not like he can take his days into the following season and suddenly become eligible to be optioned over the summer.
Garcia remains at extended spring training and he isn’t pitching, as far as we know. We’re told that he’s “progressing” from right shoulder tendinitis. That’s pretty much the extent of it.
* Outfielder Henry Urrutia left yesterday’s game at Norfolk because of dizziness and difficulty breathing, which he reportedly blamed on the excessive heat.
Hey, pal, try sitting in the Camden Yards press box.
Seriously, Urrutia is fine now and will need a reminder to stay hydrated under these conditions. I used to drink out of the garden hose. He probably has better choices.
* Norfolk outfielder/first baseman Chris Parmelee is believed to have reached the latest opt-out date on his contract today. He already agreed to extend it once, and the Orioles must decide what they’re doing with him.
There’s been talk within the organization of selecting his contract, though making room for him is complicated. To add a left-handed hitting outfielder, do the Orioles need to remove a left-handed hitting outfielder?
* The Orioles are now 28-4 when Caleb Joseph has an RBI in his career. They’re 0-1 since news broke that they’re signing his younger brother, infielder Corban Joseph, to a minor league contract.
As I wrote yesterday, Corban Joseph will be assigned to Double-A Bowie, making him teammates with Jonathan Schoop’s brother, Sharlon. It’s just too bad that Dylan and Bobby Bundy are injured.
Any chance the Orioles can talk the Dodgers into giving them back Buck Britton?
* In case you missed it, here’s part of Eduardo Rodriguez’s line yesterday in his start against the Blue Jays: 4 2/3 innings, eight hits, nine runs, three walks, one home run. His ERA grew to 3.55.
I assume that Rodriguez will omit this from his induction speech.