Seeking relief for their overworked bullpen, the Orioles have optioned Kevin Gausman to Triple-A Norfolk, a move that is not expected to keep the right-hander out of the club's rotation for long.
Because the Orioles can add a "26th man" to their roster for day-night doubleheaders, they are likely to recall Gausman for Friday's games against the Tampa Bay Rays. Gausman is likely to then be sent down again after Friday.
Normally, a player must stay in the minor leagues 10 days before returning. However, that clock does not restart for the "26th man," meaning Gausman would have to be down only four days after appearing Friday before he would be eligible to take his turn in the club's rotation, should the Orioles indeed again recall him.
Miguel Gonzalez, whose recovery from a right oblique strain and return to the rotation this month effectively has given the Orioles six starting pitchers, had been likely to start Tuesday, with Gausman following Wednesday. Now Ubaldo Jimenez, who started Friday's 5-3 loss to the Yankees, could start on regular rest Wednesday.