Perhaps the worst news of Sunday came, not from Anaheim, where the Orioles lost in 11 innings, but from Norfolk.
That’s where Tyler Wilson felt pain in his side warming up and was pulled. He’ll have an MRI on his oblique, and if he has an oblique strain, that could remove him from the Orioles’ September equation.
Suddenly, the Orioles don’t have nearly as many options in Norfolk as they did two weeks ago.
Before the trading deadline, the Tides had Wilson, Mike Wright and Zach Davies as their top three starters. Wilson is now hurt. Wright, who was called up to replace the traded Tommy Hunter, immediately strained his left calf, and Davies was sent to Milwaukee for Gerardo Parra.
If the Orioles wanted to replace the struggling Miguel Gonzalez in the rotation, they don’t have many appetizing alternatives.
Perhaps the best is Steve Johnson, who was great in the stretch run in 2012, but has had a number of injuries since. Johnson has only started twice for Norfolk, but is 4-1 with a 2.76 ERA. He’s allowed just two home runs in 45 2/3 innings.
The Tides other starters include Eddie Gamboa, the knuckleballer who remains on the 40-man roster, Chris Jones and Terry Doyle.
Jones is a left-hander who has been in spring training with the Orioles, but never lasted long, and Doyle was a free agent signee last winter. Doyle dominated the Eastern League for Bowie (12-1, 1.97), but he’s 29 and hasn’t been in the big leagues.
Dan Duquette may be forced to acquire a fringe starter from outside the organization for depth.
On Sunday, Chaz Roe was charged with the loss. He gave up a double to Carlos Perez, who eventually scored.
Roe was brought up from Norfolk on May 24, and the journeyman pitched brilliantly for five weeks. He was scored upon just twice in his first 15 appearances, and seven of them were hitless. On June 28, he had an ERA of 0.90.
Since then, Roe has allowed runs in six of his 13 appearances, and he’s given up hits in 12 of them.
Perhaps the magic has worn off.
If the Orioles are getting short in the bullpen, they might want to consider flipping Roe for Johnson or Oliver Drake. That’s assuming they’re determined to keep Jason Garcia on the roster.
Mychal Givens, who was optioned when Garcia returned, has to spend another six days in the minor leagues.
Cesar Cabral and Jorge Rondon are also both on the 40-man, and Rondon can return on Wednesday.
Roe is out of options and would have to be designated for assignment. It’s likely another team would claim him on waivers, but if the Orioles are convinced they’ve already seen the best of him, that may be the way to go.
When Roe arrived in May, no one thought he was more than a stopgap, and getting this much time out of him has been amazing.
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