Showalter reveals post-break rotation for start of challenging West Coast trip

July 14, 2014 | Luke Jones

Entering the All-Star break in first place for the first time since 1997, the Orioles won’t receive any breaks to start the second half with a 10-game West Coast trip and three clubs with winning records staring them in the face.

Manager Buck Showalter revealed his starting rotation to begin the second half with Chris Tillman, Wei-Yin Chen, and Kevin Gausman pitching in the three-game series against the Oakland Athletics next weekend. After that, Bud Norris and Miguel Gonzalez are expected to be recalled from the minors to make starts against the Los Angeles Angels on July 21 and July 22 before Tillman starts the finale in Anaheim.

Injured starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez will not be activated during the road trip as he continues to work his way back from an injured ankle suffered last week. Showalter said the plan is for the struggling right-hander to make a minor-league rehab start on July 23, which would put him in line to be ready to be activated when the Orioles finally return home on July 29.

Jimenez was still favoring his ankle when he tried to work on Sunday.

“He was trying to protect it and we kind of shortened it up a little bit because it wasn’t getting any better and we didn’t want him to have a setback,” Showalter said. “They have X-rayed I’m pretty sure. He’s had a history and anybody who’s had that ankle, it gets a little weaker each time you do it or it’s more susceptible to it. Obviously, he’s got some [discomfort] in there that we’re going to have to clear up before we can pitch him.”

Catcher Steve Clevenger and relief pitcher Preston Guilmet are expected to accompany the Orioles to the West Coast and remain with the club until Norris and Gonzalez are recalled.

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  1. Tom Says:

    Luke,

    When is this charade going to end? Everybody knows that Jimenez being disabled is a “plus”! The only reason he stays in the rotation is because of his salary.

    (L.J. — Not sure what you mean in terms of the charade ending. What do you suggest they do with Jimenez beyond taking their time with him being on the DL right now? Beyond moving him to the bullpen, I’m not sure what else there is to do.)

  2. Tom Says:

    Yes, move him to the bullpen until he learns to throw strikes! The leash can be much shorter there.

  3. Unitastoberry Says:

    Like to see the club pick up another bullpen guy for 6-9th inning . If Ubaldo gets better and Davis gets in groove we are formidable.

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