SEATTLE — Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman's superb performance against the Mariners Wednesday afternoon earned him another start after the All-Star break.
So why did the Orioles immediately option Tillman to Double-A Bowie following their 4-2 win over Seattle?
The main reason is because the Orioles want Tillman to continue pitching throughout next week's break instead of taking 10 days off. So he will start for Bowie -- he last pitched for the Baysox in 2008 -- on Monday.
He will then get in extra days of rest before being activated to pitch a week from Sunday -- the first day he's eligible to return -- against the Tigers.
The move also allowed the Orioles to add another player for the remainder of their seven-game West Coast road trip -- the Orioles open a four-game series against the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter said the club hadn't decided whether they would bring up a pitcher or a position player. Their 40-man options are limited because infielder Steve Tolleson and pitcher Steve Johnson won't have fulfilled the 10-day minimum to remain in the minors after being optioned.