SARASOTA, Fla. – Kevin Gausman wasn’t surprised when he learned that his 2016 season would start with a trip to the disabled list.
Gausman, who has only two official Grapefruit League starts and six innings under his belt, received a cortisone shot in his right shoulder on Mar. 20.
“I kind of saw this coming. I knew I wasn’t going to be ready by Opening Day, so I wasn’t really surprised. Obviously, I didn’t want to start the season on the DL, but I’d rather get it fixed than go into the season worried about something,” Gausman said.
He played catch for the second time since the shot on Monday. He’ll throw from 120 feet on Wednesday and throw in the bullpen on Friday.
“Then if everything goes well after that I’ll probably throw another one. I think the plan is for me to be ready two weeks, 2 ½ weeks into the season. Like I said, just happy to kind of get this out of the way. It [stinks] to go back to square one and have to get work to stretch back out, but don’t want to try to rush it and end up hurting myself again,” Gausman said.
Manager Buck Showalter said that Gausman could start on Apr. 10th, the season’s sixth game.
“Maybe. It’s really kind of on how I feel. I feel great right now. I feel like everything’s good, but if I get off the mound the first time and start to feel it again, then obviously we’ll kind of reevaluate when we get there. But to say that anything is kind of out of the realm of possibility I think is unfair. I’d love to pitch the 10th, I’d love to pitch the 4th, too, but that’s not going to happen So, hopefully I’m ready sometime around there. Like I said, my goal is the first couple weeks of the season,” Gausman said.
Gausman will remain in Florida when the Orioles go north on Friday.
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