SARASOTA, Fla. – Kevin Gausman isn’t sure if he’ll be ready for the start of the season due to tendinitis in his right shoulder. Gausman received a cortisone shot on Sunday.
“I don’t know about Opening Day. One of my goals is to be ready by, hopefully the first or second week of the season. One advantage we have is, I might not pitch, no matter what with all the days off that we have. It just kind of gives me a little bit more extra time to get ready, and I’d like to be ready by Opening Day, obviously, but better to not have to worry about it the whole season than try to rush back,” Gausman said.
The Orioles may have to put Gausman on the disabled list to start the season unless there’s immediate improvement.
“I feel a lot better. I had the injection, just kind of decided it was March 20th, rather get in front of it then kind of have to go into the season worrying about it. I was getting treated for 10 or 12 days. It got significantly better. It didn’t get worse, but didn’t really get to the point where I felt it was really going away,” Gausman said.
Gausman said that he thought had this occurred during the regular season, he would have pitched through it. Last May, he was put on the disabled list with shoulder tendinitis, but didn’t receive a cortisone shot.
“Yeah, I think so too. Even last season, I dealt with it. Coming back from the DL, I still had some issues with feeling fresh all the time. That was frustrating because throughout my whole career I never had shoulder problems and even in 2014 I felt great every time I took the mound,” Gausman said.
“Last year was the first year that I realized those old guys aren’t lying when they say I’m a little banged up. It was one of those things, I took notes watching other guys’ bullpens and had to really take it easy some days. I think if it was during the season, I would probably just pitch through it and take a couple days off that I normally wouldn’t. But right now it’s only March 22, so I’d rather get rid of it right now than have to go into the season’s first start wondering how I’m going to feel.”
Gausman doesn’t think that this injury will hurt his chances to pitch a complete season for the first time since he first pitched for the Orioles in 2013.
“I don’t think so. This probably gives me more of a chance to probably make every start. If I wouldn’t have and in my first start of the season I really felt like crap, it would have been hard to say, ‘All right, I’m going to be able to get through 30, 34 starts.’ But now that I’ve got some stuff in there to help me stay fresh and feel good, I feel very confident. And that’s the thing. If I’m healthy, I’m confident that I can make every start,” Gausman said.