MINNEAPOLIS—Tyler Wilson was in the midst of his pregame routine on Monday night when he learned that the Orioles game with Minnesota was being delayed.
About an hour later, he found out the game was postponed, and now his start was pushed back two days to Wednesday.
Kevin Gausman stayed in turn, and is pitching Tuesday night.
“I want to keep [Gausman] every fifth day. I think Tyler mechanically is equipped to do it, gives us a little what if out of the bullpen. Mike Wright is available there. Will probably pitch Mike on Saturday,” manager Buck Showalter said.
“The big thing is keeping Gaus [on regular rest]. It also gets Gaus to keep the ball in his hand before the off day. He can come back against Detroit. You have to be careful about putting one ahead of the other. It’s not something having to do with this guy being better than that guy. It kind of fits that both pitchers can handle it and I think it’s best for our club right now.”
Wilson wasn’t troubled by the adjustment.
“It’s definitely one of those things where you can’t control the weather, and getting pushed back two days is O.K,” Wilson said.
“I think it works perfectly to keep Gausman on his five days, which is awesome rather than adjusting two schedules. It’s just pushed me back another day and almost treat it like a bullpen. I feel good, and I’ll be ready to go tomorrow.”
Wilson has had to make adjustments. He pitched three innings on Opening Day against the Twins, then didn’t appear in a game until nine days later.
“It’s honestly invaluable kind of not knowing when you’re going to throw and last year going up and down a lot and this year kind of with what my role started out as, that’s an asset I’m, really thankful for and I’m sure in the moment, it was something I was taking a day at a time and hopefully I would get a chance to throw, but now having learned how to deal with that and learn how to go one day at a time and being ready to go every single day is something I’m really thankful to have right now,” Wilson said.