Physical woes could affect O’s rotation
Showalter hints at problems; Gallardo and Miley will start
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)