BALTIMORE -- Miguel Gonzalez is unlikely to make Sunday’s scheduled start against the New York Yankees due to a strained right groin.
Gonzalez, who left Tuesday night’s start against Boston, was briefly in the clubhouse on Wednesday, and said the groin still bothered him.
“He is sore,” manager Buck Showalter said. “I would say his start Sunday is definitely in jeopardy. That’s a nice way of saying: ‘He ain’t making it.’ Unless something really strange happens since the time he came in. So, it looks like we’re going to need a starting pitcher for Sunday.”
Tyler Wilson and Mike Wright are possible starters against the Yankees.
The Orioles couldn’t call up Cesar Cabral or Oliver Drake to replace Gonzalez and then swap them for a starter on Sunday because they haven’t been in the minors for 10 days.
NOTES: Jonathan Schoop will return to Baltimore for a few days next week after extended spring training ends on Friday. He’s been working in Sarasota, Fla. rehabbing his sprained right knee.
“There are some things Jonathan’s not doing yet that he’s going to have to do,” Showalter said. “He slid today for the first time. He’s yet to play in the field.
“It’s a pretty major injury he had, a pretty serious injury. There are some things he’s going to have to do the rest of his career. It’s going to be a challenge for him and the people around him. He’s going to have to do some things and strengthen some things to play at the level he’s capable of.”
Showalter said surgery is not an option, and that he hopes to have Schoop back before the All-Star break.
Wesley Wright is eligible to return from the 60-day disabled list today, and Showalter said the left-hander, who’s been out with a left shoulder injury, will pitch in extended spring training Friday and then go on a rehab assignment.
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