Asher’s start for naught in O’s debut
Despite pitching well in Jays’ walk-off win, righty unlikely to make next start
TORONTO — There’s no question that right-hander Alec Asher pitched well enough in his Orioles debut Saturday to earn another start. But several moving parts will likely push him through a revolving door as the Orioles fill their fifth rotation spot until right-hander Chris Tillman returns from the disabled list.
Asher opened eyes against the Toronto Blue Jays, taking advantage of the opportunity by allowing just one run over 61⁄3 innings in the Orioles’ 2-1 walk-off loss at Rogers Centre.
“He certainly did his part,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said.
Asher’s reward will probably be a return ticket to Triple-A Norfolk, or at least that’s what Showalter indicated when asked whether the 25-year-old earned another start. Because of a day off Monday before their three-game interleague series at the Cincinnati Reds, the Orioles don’t need a fifth starter until Saturday against the Boston Red Sox. And it’s unlikely the Orioles would clog a 25-man roster spot with an optionable pitcher who can’t be used for a week.
“I don’t know what else you’ve got to do,” Showalter said of Asher’s start, “but also with three guys down in the bullpen, we’ve got to make sure we’re covered tomorrow. … So there’s a lot of wheels turning there to make sure we can put our best foot forward. PG5
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