Orioles' Buck Showalter still deciding who will start Sunday's game

September 25, 2014|By Eduardo A. Encina | The Baltimore Sun

NEW YORK -- Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he still hasn’t decided who will start Sunday’s regular-season finale against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre, but it appears that he’s still leaning toward picking right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez.

Right-hander Miguel Gonzalez also is a candidate for the start, Showalter said. Gonzalez last pitched Sunday and threw a bullpen session Thursday.

But if he does not pitch Sunday, Gonzalez likely would be a candidate to either pitch a simulated game at Camden Yards or go down to Sarasota, Fla., to pitch to live batters in the fall instructional league over the three-day span between the end of the regular season and Game 1 of the AL Division Series.

“We’re waiting to see who that might be and what the off time is,” Showalter said. “I’ve talked to a couple guys who might fall under it [and have asked] ‘You’ve got a choice between a sim game in Baltimore or pitching to hitters in instructional league, what would rather do?’ And I’ve given them, in that case, the liberty to tell me.

“We’re going to wait until we get all the information in. There are so many unknown variables here.”

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