Jiménez may start Sun­day; Castillo back

Door left open by Showal­ter to try Cas­tro in O’s start­ing ro­ta­tion

Baltimore Sun - - ORIOLES - By Ed­uardo A. Encina eencina@balt­sun.com twit­ter.com/Ed­dieInTheYard WED­NES­DAY’S BOX SCORE

NEW YORK – Right-han­der Ubaldo Jiménez will re­main in the Ori­oles start­ing ro­ta­tion, and is sched­uled to make his next start in Sun­day’s se­ries fi­nale at Yan­kee Sta­dium.

The Ori­oles have yet to for­mally an­nounce Sun­day’s starter, but man­ager Buck Showal­ter said it will likely be Jiménez, who al­lowed three runs over five in­nings in his most re­cent start Mon­day in a 4-3 loss at the Toronto Blue Jays.

“I think Ubaldo’s com­ing off a good start,” Showal­ter said. “It will prob­a­bly be Ubaldo. … That’s prob­a­bly what we’re go­ing to do.”

Jiménez, who said be­fore Thurs­day’s opener in New York that he didn’t know whether he’d start Sun­day, would throw a be­tween-starts bullpen ses­sion Fri­day, the only step stop­ping Sun­day’s start from be­com­ing of­fi­cial.

Jiménez’s pitch­ing line in his last start re­ally didn’t in­di­cate how well he pitched. The Blue Jays scored two runs in the sec­ond in­ning in a frame that in­cluded two costly field­ing er­rors. The only other run he al­lowed was on a solo homer by Ryan Goins.

Showal­ter said there were re­ally just two op­tions — Jiménez and right-han­der Chris Till­man — and the Ori­oles man­ager has shuf­fled bothin anout­ofthe­bullpen in re­cent weeks. But­nei­ther hashadsuc­cess against the Yan­kees this sea­son, so Showal­ter had de­cided to go with mo­men­tum by tab­bing Jiménez.

Jiménez made two starts against the Yan­kees this year, both of them in the sea­son’s first month, and he didn’t go deeper than 41⁄ in­nings in ei­ther. He al­lowed seven runs (six earned) in 31⁄ in­nings in his one start in New York on April 29.

The move also al­lows the Ori­oles to con­tinue to give right-han­der Dy­lan Bundy ad­di­tional rest. Af­ter throw­ing six in­nings of one-run ball Tues­day, Bundy­haslogged1651/3in­nings in his first sea­son as afull-time starter. Now that Showal­ter has seven start­ing op­tions, in­clud­ing Till­man and Fri­day’s starter Gabriel Ynoa, he has the flex­i­bil­ity to move pitch­ers around to al­lot ex­tra rest for Bundy and right-han­der Kevin Gaus­man, who en­tered Thurs­day tied for the league lead with 31 starts. Castillo re­turns to start­ing lineup: Catcher Wel­ing­ton Castillo re­turned to the Ori­oles’ start­ing lineup af­ter miss­ing parts of only three games be­cause of his sec­ond tes­tic­u­lar in­jury in five months.

“He wanted to play yes­ter­day,” Showal­ter said. “We thought it was best to wait an­other day. Tough guy.”

Castillo left Mon­day’s game in Toronto af­ter a foul tip off the bat of Blue Jays catcher Miguel Mon­tero hit him in the groin area. He suf­fered the same type of in­jury on May 30, and was forced onto the 10-day dis­abled list.

“Even um­pires be­hind the plate, every time you go out there, you’ve got a chance to have some real phys­i­cal is­sue, be­cause that ball is trav­el­ing re­ally fast,” Showal­ter said.

This time, the in­jury wasn’t as se­ri­ous. Even though he re­quired an emer­gency room visit in Toronto for pre­cau­tion­ary tests, he avoided what would have been his third DL stint of the sea­son.

“Youknow, he’s missed­what, 18-20gameswith­d­if­fer­ent stuff over the course of the year?” Showal­ter said. “It’s been frus­trat­ing for him. He would have liked to have been out there more [of­ten].” Call­ing on a start for Cas­tro? There’s now no ques­tion that the Ori­oles see Miguel Cas­tro as a fu­ture ro­ta­tion op­tion, but Showal­ter poured wa­ter on the no­tion of the 22-year-old re­ceiv­ing a start over the sea­son’s fi­nal weeks while leav­ing the door slightly open for the pos­si­bil­ity.

“There’s al­ways a chance,” Showal­ter said. “He’s do­ing so well there and he’s serv­ing such a need. To be re­ally frank with you, a lot of things like that, es­pe­cially with a young player, he’s ba­si­cally a col­lege se­nior and he’s hav­ing his first suc­cess in the big leagues. And now all of a sud­den you start him, but it doesn’t work out and then you stick him back [in the bullpen]. Is he the same guy go­ing back? I think we all know where we’d like for that to end up. Tim­ing is ev­ery­thing. “I think it’s kind of when, not if.” Cas­tro has been a valu­able re­liever, of­fer­ing a multi-in­ning bridge to the team’s late-in­ning pitch­ers, post­ing a 2.83 ERA over his first 571⁄ in­nings. Cas­tro has al­lowed runs in each of his past three ap­pear­ances, though in his last out­ing onMon­day, heal­lowed a run with­out the let­ting a ball out of the in­field. Around the horn: Showal­ter said out­fielder An­thony San­tander will play in the Ari­zona Fall League to get ad­di­tional at-bats head­ing into next sea­son, when the Ori­oles must con­tinue to carry him on the 25-man ros­ter to ful­fill Rule 5 draft re­quire­ments. Play­ing time for San­tander, who was added to the ac­tive ros­ter on Aug. 16 af­ter spend­ing the en­tire sea­son on the DL, has been lim­ited. He en­tered Thurs­day hav­ing seen ac­tion in just six games – mak­ing two starts in right field – and was 2-for-12. … Amal­func­tion in the Yan­kee Sta­dium pub­lic ad­dress sys­tem forced a de­lay in the start of Thurs­day’s game and pre­vented the Yan­kees from hold­ing a mo­ment of si­lence to honor for­mer player, man­ager and ex­ec­u­tive Gene Michael and do­ing the na­tional an­them.

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