In­ter­costal in­jury pushes Gaus­man back

Bundy to start Sun­day; Or­tiz given re­mains of smashed dugout phone

Baltimore Sun - - ORIOLES - By Jon Me­oli jme­oli@balt­ twit­­oli Bal­ti­more Sun re­porter Ed­uardo A. Encina con­trib­uted to this ar­ti­cle.

Just as the Ori­oles were fi­nally find­ing a start­ing ro­ta­tion wor­thy of their play­off as­pi­ra­tions, in­juries have jeop­ar­dized that push at the worst pos­si­ble time.

Man­ager Buck Showal­ter said Dy­lan Bundy will start the home reg­u­lar-sea­son fi­nale Sun­day against the Ari­zona Di­a­mond­backs, and right-han­der Kevin Gaus­man has been pushed back to Tues­day night at the ear­li­est with what Showal­ter called the be­gin­nings of an in­ter­costal mus­cle prob­lem in his rib cage.

“We’re hop­ing he’s our start­ing pitcher Tues­day or Wed­nes­day,” Showal­ter said of Gaus­man. “That’s what we’re hop­ing for. But it won’t be Sun­day. We’ve got the off-day there to play with. We’ll see how things man­age the next few days. He felt a lit­tle bit the start of an in­ter­costal. We think we caught it in time, but we’ll see how it man­ages.”

Gaus­man started feel­ing the prob­lem dur­ing his start Tues­day night against the Bos­ton Red Sox, when a three-run home run by David Or­tiz in the sev­enth in­ning went a long way to­ward spoil­ing what was look­ing to be an­other front-line start for him. Even with it, Gaus­man has a 2.94 ERA since the All-Star break and is pitch­ing like the top-of-thero­ta­tion starter the Ori­oles have needed for years. Dy­lan Bundy Or­tiz given dugout phone, do­na­tion: As part of their pregame trib­ute to re­tir­ing Red Sox des­ig­nated hit­ter David Or­tiz ahead of his fi­nal game at Cam­den Yards on Thurs­day night, the Ori­oles tried to strike a fun tone by in­vok­ing their com­mon enemy as well as mak­ing ref­er­ence to the smashed dugout phone from 2013.

The cer­e­mony fea­tured a video pack­age of all the home runs Or­tiz hit against the New York Yan­kees. Or­tiz smiled through that one but didn’t seem amused by the sec­ond video pack­age — a full clip of him smash­ing a dugout phone af­ter a strike­out on July 27, 2013, at Cam­den Yards.

Or­tiz didn’t turn and watch the video, but he smiled when Ori­oles cen­ter fielder Adam Jones trot­ted out of the dugout with the re­mains of that phone mounted on a plaque and authen­ti­cated.

Ad­di­tion­ally, the Ori­oles made a $10,000 do­na­tion in the name of Or­tiz to the World Pe­di­atric Project, which helps crit­i­cally ill chil­dren in the Do­mini­can Repub­lic. Showal­ter pro­motes 5K: For the sixth year, Showal­ter and his wife, An­gela, will host the Kid­sPeace Hal­loween-themed Trick-or-Trot 5K Race and 1-mile walk ben­e­fit Oct. 29 start­ing at 8 a.m.

Pro­ceeds for the event, which be­gins and ends at Cam­den Yards, will go to Kid­sPeace Mary­land Fos­ter Care and Com­mu­nity Pro­grams and the char­ity’s KEYS (Kid­sPeace Em­pow­er­ing Youth to Suc­ceed) pro­gram, which helps youth make the tran­si­tion when they can no longer be in a fos­ter home when they turn 21.

“The fans have been so great to show up,” An­gela Showal­ter said. “[The kids] were shar­ing about one of our youth last year who was just emo­tion­ally taken aback that these peo­ple all came out for her. And here’s a child who doesn’t have fam­ily, but a bunch of Ori­oles fans came out to sup­port her. And that was a very touch­ing thing. And that might be enough to carry her to go on through life.” Around the horn: Showal­ter said he ex­pects the Ori­oles to be well-rep­re­sented on the ros­ters of next spring’s World Base­ball Clas­sic, and some­what be­grudg­ingly gave the play­ers his bless­ing to rep­re­sent their coun­tries. “It’s some­thing that peo­ple think is im­por­tant, and I can see why. So we’ll co­op­er­ate, as usual,” Showal­ter said. Third base­man Manny Machado is the only con­firmed player par­tic­i­pat­ing so far, af­ter he an­nounced ear­lier this year that he’ll play for the Do­mini­can Repub­lic. … Gaus­man and his fi­ancee, Tay­lor North, pre­sented a check for $31,776 to the Ba­ton Rouge Area Foun­da­tion, the re­sults of a fundraiser to sup­port the re­gion af­ter last month’s floods. … Left-han­der Jayson Aquino was un­avail­able Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day with a vi­ral in­fec­tion, Showal­ter said.

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