BALTIMORE – One of the next things on Buck Showalter’s to-do list is figuring out a role for Bud Norris. In his second rehab start, Norris allowed four runs on six hits in five innings for Bowie on Wednesday night.
He did much better in his second assignment than his first. Norris gave up nine runs on 12 hits in 2 2/3 innings in Norfolk last Friday.
The Orioles have to decide whether Norris, who is on the disabled list with bronchitis, gets another rehab start, moves back to the rotation or goes to the bullpen.
Kevin Gausman (tendinitis) will probably be optioned to Norfolk to start on June 6 and 11. His first start would be three innings and his second four.
Gausman will face hitters on Friday, throw in the bullpen on Sunday and pitch a two-inning simulated game in Houston on Tuesday.
The Orioles will pitch Miguel Gonzalez on Friday and Chris Tillman on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Rays. Saturday is Wei-Yin Chen’s spot, but on Thursday morning, Showalter said that he was waiting on his bullpen session before setting that spot.
Nathan Karns, Erasmo Ramirez and Jake Odorizzi pitch for the Rays.