BALTIMORE –- Kevin Gausman had an MRI on his right shoulder on Tuesday, and he’s relieved.
“Everything came back clean, kind of as we suspected. Obviously, that’s a good sign,” Gausman said.
Gausman was placed on the 15-day disabled list on May 7 with inflammation in his right shoulder, but he’s feeling much better now.
“We’re just going to try and figure out a day to start throwing and then it’s on me, how I feel and how I’m progressing. I think I’ll probably start throwing later in the week, probably closer towards the weekend.”
The MRI was always considered precautionary.
“I was still very positive about it, felt great. Obviously, I feel fine so to get that reassurance is always good,” Gausman said.
He will stay with the Orioles for now and then go on a rehab assignment with Norfolk to help build up his innings.
“Obviously, I’ve been a starter for most of my career. That’s what I’m comfortable doing. Really to just get into a routine, that’s what I’m excited about,” Gausman said.
Wei-Yin Chen and Bud Norris are eligible for free agency after this season, and Gausman is expected to get a fulltime role with the Orioles in 2016.
“I look for him, hopefully to be pitching in the Norfolk rotation in the near future,” manager Buck Showalter said.
Gausman spent the first month of the season in the Orioles bullpen, but the team wants to get him stretched out.
“We were contemplating that anyway. I don’t want Kevin to end up with 50, 60 innings on the year,” Showalter said.
Gausman is 1-0 with a 4.50 ERA in eight games. He’s pitched 12 innings.
“He figures into the potential of being in the rotation down the road, next year,” Showalter said. “When he went out and did that last year, he came back, actually better than in the bullpen. I want to keep the ball in his hand.”
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