BOSTON – The Orioles reinstated Miguel Gonzalez from the 15-day disabled list to start Thursday’s game and optioned right-handed pitcher Mychal Givens to Bowie.
Givens retired all three batters he faced on Wednesday.
“I did want to get him in a game before we left,” manager Buck Showalter said. “I went over the outing and looked at it on film. He’s got a chance to help us.”
Showalter believes that with experience, Givens will be effective against left-handed hitters as well as right-handers.
“Everybody’s wanting to help him to speed up the process. Everybody’s got a pure heart about it,” Showalter said.
“With Mychal, it’s kind of ‘to be continued.’ He brings a lot of things, very athletic. He brings some things that other pitchers can’t.”
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Givens was converted to pitching in 2013, a move he initially resisted, but he’s taken advantage of his experience as an infielder.
“You can tell Mike is athletic. He gets the other part of the game. You see him cover first last night. You see his times to the plate. These are things you have to get used to,” Showalter said.
“You can tell that he’s into the situations of the game even in a short stint.”
Showalter thinks that Givens has an advantage because he’s been a position player as a professional and knows how they think.
“The more aggressive, the better the hitters are, the more it plays into good pitcher’s hands because guys want to hit up here,” Showalter said.
“The biggest think we had to overcome with Mike was him putting shortstop, position player behind him. We had to really let him make that decision. I wouldn’t say he fought us on it, but he really wanted to take it to the nth degree. It’s kind of like a knuckleballer. You have to have enough failure as a conventional pitcher to really embrace the next step. I think Mike has, especially, getting to the big leagues. That helps him embrace [it] too.”