BALTIMORE – If Chris Tillman’s sprained left ankle prevents him from starting Monday night in Oakland as is looking increasingly likely, Tyler Wilson will.
Tillman’s left ankle was still taped on Sunday morning.
“He’s getting a little better each day,” manager Buck Showalter said. Showalter still doesn’t think Tillman will have to go on the disabled list.
“If he can’t pitch him tomorrow, we’ll probably push him to Friday and have a work day on Wednesday and then see how that is and see how it feels on off the off day Thursday,” Showalter said. “There’s two parts to that. One, he’s got to throw, and two, see how he feels the next day.”
Tillman said he injured the ankle when he was coming off the mound on Cameron Maybin’s double on Wednesday night. He was removed after that even though Showalter didn’t know Tillman hurt himself.
Wilson was summoned from Norfolk to start if necessary. In five appearances earlier this season, Wilson is 1-1 with a 2.12 ERA.
“The familiarity of it more than anything makes it easier to know the process,” Wilson said. “They’re in the middle of a big race. I’m just happy to be here and be a part of it.”
At Norfolk, Wilson is 5-5 with a 3.05 ERA. Wilson was in Lehigh Valley rooming with Zach Davies when he found out he was traded to Milwaukee for Gerardo Parra.
“It’s kind of a weird feeling, congratulate him, but hate to see a guy like that go that you’ve come up with,” Wilson said.