NEW YORK -- Kevin Gausman is headed to the 15-day disabled list with shoulder tendinitis.
Gausman, who threw a scoreless inning in Wednesday’s game at Citi Field, has a 1-0 record with a 4.50 ERA in eight games. The move is retroactive to Wednesday.
“He could have pitched tonight. We just don’t want to take the chance at this point,” manager Buck Showalter said. T.J. McFarland has been recalled from Triple-A Norfolk to take Gausman’s place.
“Once he gets loose he’s fine. But once we looked at it and thought about it. He’s starting some anti-inflams for the first time and it’s usually about 72 hours before he gets any return there,” Showalter said.
“If anything he’s had too much rest and you wake up and still have some discomfort. He threw a little bit today. Once he gets out here and going and throws around, he feels fine. But some of the symptoms he had this morning we didn’t like. We’re going to work it out, make sure everything’s O.K. in there structurally before we continue to pitch him.”
Showalter said that the Orioles had considered sending him to Norfolk to get him some starts.
“That’s a real driving force in a decision like this. We just can’t get involved in the free-agent market, knowing who you are and who you’re not, that’s why I talk about the nine,10 [pitchers] we have in Double-A and Triple-A, and Kevin is one of those guys,” Showalter said.
“You never know what you’re going to have pitching-wise next year so these are assets we can’t afford to abuse in any form or fashion. We’re always going to err on that side. It’s hard to do. It would be very easy to continue with him down there and we’d probably be fine, but I and we don’t want to take any chance with it. I’d rather have him, but we’d also rather have him long term.”
After the game, Gausman said he agreed with the decision.
"“It’s kind of been something I’ve been dealing with, especially the last week. It feels fine when I throw, but just the way I’m recovering a little bit of a concern. I think we kind of tried to stay on the side of caution and try to get it out before it becomes something too serious," Gausman said. "I could have pitched through it. They made a decision, I think it’s a good decision, especially at this point in the season. There’s really no reason to kind of push it and possibly make it a lot more serious than what it is.”
McFarland is 1-2 with a 4.24 ERA in five starts for the Tides. He is 8-3 with a 3.58 ERA in 75 games in 2013 and 2014.
Ryan Flaherty was reinstated from the 15-day disabled list and infielder Rey Navarro was optioned to Norfolk.
NOTES: Matt Wieters will catch seven innings in Port Charlotte, Fla. in an extended spring game on Saturday. … Everth Cabrera, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a bruised left foot, had a second x-ray, and he said it showed nothing abnormal, and he hopes to play in two weeks. Cabrera can no longer be optioned to Norfolk because he’s exceeded five years in service time. … Jonathan Schoop (sprained right knee) is doing pool work in Sarasota, Fla., and the Orioles are hoping he’ll begin baseball activities soon.