PHILADELPHIA – Kevin Gausman will start on Saturday in Toronto. He allowed only one hit in his final rehab start at Frederick on Tuesday night, a leadoff home run.
“I feel healthy and ready to go. I've been in my five-day routine now for a while, so I'm ready to get back out there and help the team win a game,” Gausman said.
He was happy with how his outing went. He struck out two in two innings.
“Good. Just getting back in a game, just tried to throw all my pitches down there. Tried to throw, a couple times, just start guys off with two changeups in a row, things like that, things that I would work on up here that I wouldn't necessarily do down there. So, I kind of had to force myself to do some things. But that was my goal going down there, so I feel good,” Gausman said.
Gausman was 1-0 with a 5.40 ERA in eight appearances before he went on the disabled list with tendinitis in his right shoulder on May 8.
"Yeah, I'm definitely ready. Ready to get back in the game, ready to get that adrenaline again. It's been a month and a half, so it's been tough just sitting here watching baseball and not be able to do anything,” Gausman said.
He’s looking forward to returning to starting.
"I feel like I kind of figured things out as the year went on last year and I learned a lot from that. I had 20 starts last year and I learned a lot. I went through my ups and down, but I felt like I had a pretty solid year last year. Nothing is better than just getting your reps and getting your innings at this level and I think the more starts you get at this level, you start to learn things and figure it out,” Gausman said.