Trachsel's status with O's in doubt

May 31, 2008|By Roch Kubatko | Roch Kubatko,Sun reporter

The Orioles haven't announced a starter for Tuesday's game in Minnesota, another indication that they're likely to skip Steve Trachsel's turn in the rotation again and raise more uncertainty about the veteran's future in the organization.

Manager Dave Trembley confirmed that Daniel Cabrera will take his normal turn Wednesday, followed by left-hander Garrett Olson. The arrangement appears to bump Trachsel, who allowed nine runs and seven hits in 1 2/3 innings in last Saturday's start against Tampa Bay.

Trachsel, who is 2-5 with an 8.82 ERA in eight starts this season, was working on 14 days' rest before facing the Rays. The layoff could be much longer this time.

Approached at his locker before last night's game, Trachsel said he didn't know anything about his status.

Trembley doesn't want to use Trachsel out of the bullpen because the veteran has pitched in relief only once in 418 major league games. If Trachsel isn't in the rotation, he's in limbo.

"We'll have to re-evaluate [his role]," Trembley said.

The Orioles considered recalling Hayden Penn from Triple-A Norfolk to pitch Tuesday, but he went on the seven-day disabled list with a sore right shoulder. They were waiting to find out whether Matt Albers pitched in relief last night or tonight, and he threw three scoreless innings last night.

Meanwhile, Radhames Liz was scheduled to start last night for Norfolk, but he was replaced by Zach Clark (UMBC), who began the season at Single-A Delmarva.

"I have some options," Trembley said.

roch.kubatko@baltsun.com

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