BALTIMORE -- If Tyler Wilson hadn’t suffered an injury to his oblique muscle, he undoubtedly would have been called up to the Orioles before now.
But, Wilson strained his oblique warming up in Norfolk last month, and now that he’s healthy and the Tides’ season over, he’s back with the Orioles.
"It (the call-up) was definitely something I was hopeful for," Wilson said. "But given the circumstances with my oblique the last six weeks, priority No. 1 was just to get healthy with that and return to pitching. We had a really good run with Norfolk making the playoffs and we had a great season there. I was happy to make a couple of rehab starts in there and feel strong and feel healthy.”
Wilson, who was the organization’s minor league pitcher of the year in 2015, impressed in stints with the Orioles earlier this season.
“I was thankful for the call-up and the experience. The whole experience here and the process has been full of learning and has aided in my development, so I’m thankful for the opportunity every time I’m here and obviously the team has had a great year. Hopefully we can finish it strong and make a push,” Wilson said.
He’s started with the Orioles and for the first time in his professional career worked out of the bullpen. Manager Buck Showalter is leaning toward starting him.
“It’s been a while since we’ve had another [starter] to pick from. Basically, we’ve had five. Usually this time of year, you’re talking about who you’re going to look at, and what have you….Tyler is set up to pitch up here. He’s ready to go,” Showalter said.
With Miguel Gonzalez on the disabled list, Mike Wright has been starting in his place. Now, he has Wilson as another option.
“He’ll be facing teams with everything on the line, including us, we hope, so it’s hard to get those situations back. The same with all our guys. I’m sure everybody looks at kind of where we might be next year with the pitching things. You want to put yourself in a position to make good decisions, too. We’re trying to win every game,” Showalter said.
NOTE: Gonzalez threw 25 pitches from 60 feet on Monday. He’ll throw from 90 feet on Wednesday and is scheduled to throw from 120 on Friday. He hopes to pitch in a game before the end of the season, but could start in the Instructional League instead.