BALTIMORE –- The New York Mets have begun experimenting with a six-man rotation, but the Orioles are unlikely to follow them.
Manager Buck Showalter has a decision coming along. Mike Wright, who took Bud Norris’ spot when Norris went on the disabled list, has pitched well. Showalter says Norris will go back into the rotation.
Showalter says it wouldn’t be a long-term solution.
“Maybe for a given matchup, if there’s really a strong matchup there,” Showalter said. “If there’s a tweak, the problem is with no off-days, there’s not a whole lot of tweaking you can do until after next Monday. That’s a pretty long stretch. In order to pitch like that, you’re going to have to move some chairs around, which we’ve contemplated already.”
Could Wright be sent to the bullpen? Originally, he was brought up to fill a need there.
“I’m intrigued by his three starts, but also keep an eye on his innings, making sure that a guy like him is available for us without any governors on it in September or October, kind of like trying to get ahead. You know how valuable [Kevin] Gausman was last year for us, you’ve got to make sure everybody’s got their bullets as the season goes forward,” Showalter said.
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