BALTIMORE – The raw weather will cause a slight delay in Kevin Gausman’s return to the Orioles. Gausman, who is on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder tendinitis, was supposed to start for Bowie on Saturday night, but the Baysox postponed their game against Akron
Instead, Gausman will start on Sunday for Bowie, and again on Friday for Frederick. He was originally going to pitch for the Keys on Thursday, and return to the Orioles as early as Apr. 19, but that return will be delayed by at least a day. He’s slated to throw three innings or 45 pitches.
“I wasn’t too excited about just pitching in cold weather and having it be a rehab start. So I would probably rather prefer pitching tomorrow. It’s just kind of a smarter thing to do,” Gausman said.
He’s pitched many times in cold weather since he’s a native of Colorado.
“But yea, I feel good. My delivery feels good. My delivery feels great. My bullpens down in Sarasota have been great, so I feel good. I think the biggest question mark is going t be when I can sit down for an inning, get up and then sit back down. You sit down and get up five times, that’s kind of a big test for a pitcher. Hopefully it reacts good. Right now, I’m still on track for when I’m supposed to come back.”
Gausman threw a loosely organized two-inning game in Sarasota.
“It was a simulated game. no infielders, just faced those guys down in extended spring. It was kind of cool too, because there was about 20 guys that were all around the cage and they’re all just trying to fight to get in there and get an at-bat. Of course, it’s like that bully mentality. The biggest guy was the one that got two at-bats. Nobody was going to be like, ‘Hey, you already hit.’ … I forget his name. I didn’t recognize him,” Gausman said.