Asher’s start for naught in O’s de­but

De­spite pitch­ing well in Jays’ walk-off win, righty un­likely to make next start

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - SPORTS - By Ed­uardo A. Encina

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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