Phys­i­cal woes could af­fect O’s ro­ta­tion

Showal­ter hints at prob­lems; Gal­lardo and Mi­ley will start

Baltimore Sun - - ORIOLES - By Jon Me­oli jme­oli@balt­ twit­­oli

Man­ager Buck Showal­ter said the Ori­oles will run out right-han­der Yo­vani Gal­lardo and left-han­der Wade Mi­ley to start Fri­day and Sat­ur­day against the Ari­zona Di­a­mond­backs, but al­luded to some lin­ger­ing phys­i­cal prob­lems for those in the ro­ta­tion that will dic­tate how the rest of the sea­son shakes out.

The Ori­oles have their fi­nal day off Mon­day, which Showal­ter will use to set the ro­ta­tion af­ter the week­end.

“We have some mov­ing parts with our ro­ta­tion, some health things we’ve got to be on top of. We’ll wait and see how Mi­ley’s work­day goes,” Showal­ter said be­fore Wed­nes­day night’s game. “We’ll wait and see how [ Kevin Gaus­man] feels af­ter his start, how [ Chris] Till­man feels af­ter his start. We’ve got to gauge it, but we have more than five [starters] and we have off-days.”

Till­man starts the series fi­nale tonight against the Bos­ton Red Sox, his third start since be­ing lim­ited for nearly a month with shoul­der bur­si­tis, while Mi­ley left his last start Sun­day with a mild up­per back strain af­ter four score­less in­nings.

Gal­lardo, mean­while, will be pitch­ing on seven days’ rest: His most re­cent start was Sept. 15. That start, in which he al­lowed six runs in 31⁄ in­nings, came with eight days off be­tween out­ings. Showal­ter said this lay­off isn’t too long.

“This time of year, I think ev­ery­body kind of ben­e­fits, but you can have too many [days], too,” Showal­ter said. “But these guys know when they’re pitch­ing. They do things be­tween starts to make sure.”

As cur­rently con­sti­tuted, right-han­der Dy­lan Bundy, who started Mon­day, will get an ex­tra day be­tween starts if he slots back into the ro­ta­tion Sun­day. Gaus­man would be on nor­mal rest Sun­day, but could be pushed back un­til af­ter the day off.

Whomever the Ori­oles tap to start Tues­day in Toronto could come back for the fi­nal game of the sea­son Oct. 2 in New York. Showal­ter said they’d not likely have any­one pitch on short rest down the stretch.

“Would I con­sider it?” Showal­ter said. “Yeah, I’d con­sider it. Would I do it? Prob­a­bly not. We’re more likely to give a guy an ex­tra day. We don’t re­ally have any­body who would fit in that mode.”

On that sub­ject of ex­tra days, Showal­ter al­luded to phys­i­cal prob­lems his pitch­ers are deal­ing with that haven’t, and might not, be­come pub­lic.

“We’ve got some things we can play with af­ter the off-day,” Showal­ter said. “But right now, it’s about tonight’s game. We can see where we are af­ter that. We take in a lot of in­for­ma­tion each day. We got two or three pieces of in­for­ma­tion yes­ter­day that play into our de­ci­sion go­ing for­ward. There’s a lot of things — it seems like over half the stuff never gets pub­lic, but you have to kind of keep it in-house. It doesn’t be­hoove any­body talk­ing about it pub­licly.” Gal­lardo Kim de­vel­op­ing de­fen­sively: Twice in two nights, Ori­oles left fielder Hyun Soo Kim has robbed Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts of at least ex­tra bases, and pos­si­bly of a home run.

On Mon­day, he crashed into the wall to do so. On Tues­day, it was more sim­ple but both plays are signs of how far Kim has come read­ing balls off the bat in all of the new parks he has en­coun­tered in 2016.

“You could say that I’m com­fort­able,” Kim said through trans­la­tor Danny Lee. “I’m very ac­cli­mated now to these ball­parks. You can def­i­nitely say I’ve got­ten bet­ter with the ad­just­ments.”

Some of that, he said, has been the ex­pe­ri­ence of ac­tu­ally get­ting reg­u­lar play­ing time and­see­ing how­balls are get­ting on­him. Evenif he ac­knowl­edges that the lights are still dif­fer­ent from in his na­tive South Korea, Kim said he no­tices im­prove­ments in him­self in left field.

“I see it bet­ter and I ac­tu­ally re­act to it,” Kim said. Around the horn: Mi­ley will leave the team to go on pa­ter­nity leave af­ter Sun­day’s game, and given the Mon­day day off, he could be away from the team un­til it gets to New York on Sept. 30, said Showal­ter, who does not ex­pect to add a pitcher … Out­fielder Steve Pearce had surgery to re­pair the flexor ten­dons in his right el­bow Wed­nes­day in New York. Showal­ter did not have an up­date about how things went.

Starters: D-backs’ Ship­ley (4-3, 5.56) vs. Gaus­man (3.57) or Bundy (4.13)

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