ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The Orioles have juggled their rotation for this weekend’s series against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Tyler Wilson will start on Friday night. Wei-Yin Chen, who was scheduled to pitch then, has been moved to Saturday and Kevin Gausman pitches Sunday. Ubaldo Jimenez, who was scheduled to start on Sunday, will pitch on Monday against the Nationals.
For now, it appears that Mike Wright, who allowed six runs in three-plus innings on Wednesday night, will be bypassed, but manager Buck Showalter wouldn't confirm that.
Miguel Gonzalez, who is rehabbing from shoulder tendinitis, could possibly start twice before the end of the season, Showalter said.
“We’re not going to let our guys sit around,” Showalter said.
Gonzalez could start on Sept. 25 in Boston.
Wilson, who was recalled for the sixth time this season, on Tuesday, is 2-1 with a 2.19 ERA with the Orioles this season. He’s started twice and pitched in relief four times.
“It’s important to just focus on the game at hand. There’s a lot of things that go into this game that are out of my control, those decisions that people make. This opportunity that has presented itself tomorrow is just something I have been afforded the opportunity to do,” Wilson said.
Wilson gets a rare opportunity to start for a team that’s on the periphery of the playoff chase. He missed time last month at Norfolk with an oblique injury. He’s not sure how long he can pitch.
“We’ll find out when I go out there and I’ll go until they take the ball out of my hand. And that’ll take care of itself tomorrow,” Wilson said.
On Wednesday night, five relievers were used, but Wilson wasn’t.
“I felt that was because we have a deep bullpen. We have a lot of arms out there and I think that I just took that as those guys were getting their work in because they hadn't pitched in a few days and it was convenient that those guys could get one inning at a time and get out there and get their work in,” Wilson said.
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