BALTIMORE—Manager Buck Showalter thinks newly acquired Wade Miley will probably pitch on four days rest against Texas on Thursday. Currently, Yovani Gallardo is slated to pitch then, but Showalter will probably slide him to this weekend in Chicago.
Miley will be the first left-hander to start for the Orioles this season.
“The left-handed thing is not a big part of the equation. It really isn’t. You’re looking for pitchers,” Showalter said. “I don’t think there’s anybody that works faster than him.”
To make room for Miley and Steve Pearce, the Orioles optioned right-handed pitchers Odrisamer Despaigne and Tyler Wilson to Triple-A Norfolk.
Despaigne was 0-2 with a 4.81 ERA in 15 games. Wilson is 4-6 with a 4.98 ERA in 17 games.
Wilson is started for Norfolk in Durham on Wednesday night, and Despaigne will start a day or two later, Showalter said.
Showalter didn’t like losing Despainge or Wilson. For now, Ubaldo Jimenez and Vance Worley will be the long men, but it’s worth it to get Steve Pearce back.
“Tough sending those two guys out. Steve helps us in a lot of areas that we had a need for,” Showalter said.
The Orioles again have 12 pitchers, and Showalter said thought was given to maintaining 13.
“A lot. A lot. We really would have liked to,” Showalter said. “There are [ways] we could have stayed at 13, things that we could have stayed at 12. I think we know with the schedule the way it is, it’s going to be hard to stay at 12.”
For the moment, the Orioles won’t be going with six starters.
“We’re going to take a look at it. There’s that potential, but right now I don’t see it, but it could change.”
Pearce isn’t in the Tuesday night lineup, but will start against the Rangers’ left-handed starter Cole Hamels on Wednesday night.
“We’ll use him today off the bench. We’ll get our arms around him. He’s got a couple of nagging things. He’s played like five out of the last seven days. I know he’s going to get a little break off the turf. I know he’s kind of excited about that. He’ll be in the lineup tomorrow,” Showalter said.