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Orioles send Kevin Gausman back to Triple-A

Jul 7, 2014, 8:29 PM EDT

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Kevin Gausman allowed just one run over 5 1/3 innings and struck out a career-high seven batters yesterday in a start against the Red Sox, but the Orioles announced this afternoon that he has been optioned back to Triple-A Norfolk. While it’s a little strange on the surface, they have done it with an eye on his workload.

Gausman has already logged 78 2/3 innings this season between the majors and the minors. The 23-year-old right-hander threw 129 2/3 innings last year, so a big jump could put him at risk for being shut down in September. Orioles manager Buck Showalter told Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com that today’s decision will allow Gausman to pitch the rest of the year without an innings limit.

“Instead of knee-jerking with it yesterday, we decided to think about it a little bit because we had a day to play with. His last day down there if we wanted to bring him back would be the last day of the All-Star break. So this allows us, if and when he comes back, to use him for the rest of the year according to how the opposition lets him go in the game. That, and we needed a relief pitcher (today). We needed an arm in the bullpen.

“You just don’t want to have it jump up on us the middle of September or something and not be able to us him.”

Gausman owns a 3.51 ERA and 24/13 K/BB ratio in 33 1/3 innings over six starts with the Orioles this season and has allowed one earned run or less in four of them. He could make a major impact during the second half if the Orioles take the reins off him.

  1. jb8588 - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:37 PM

    The O’s need to stop jerking Gausman around and just let him pitch with the big squad. The O’s have such a long history of mishandling their pitching prospects and they are doing the same with Gausman. The guy is starting to show he can pitch in the big leagues but yet they jerk him around. Stupidity IMO.

    • sophiethegreatdane - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:59 PM

      Agreed that the history here has not been great. But this is a different regime, and I trust Buck to do the right thing for both Kevin and the team. He’s going to be a factor for the O’s this year, I think.

    • paperlions - Jul 8, 2014 at 8:31 AM

      Except, of course, they aren’t jerking him around.

      They are just skipping him in the rotation a few times to ensure that he’ll be able to pitch through the end of the year and playoffs (if necessary) without concern (or with less concern) about the effects of his total 2014 workload on his health.

      Teams that are concerned about young pitchers learned from the fiasco associated with Strassburg a couple of years ago (see handling of Wacha last year) and now manage use throughout the year rather than going full speed until you hit the innings limit they are comfortable with.

      • cktai - Jul 8, 2014 at 8:57 AM

        In isolation, this is a smart move by the Orioles. However, in the context of the season so far, there is a fair claim that the O’s have been jerking him around. They first called him to start against the Tigers with only 3 days rest, and only 4 days removed from a DL stint caused by pneumonia. Then after he gave up 5 runs, he was immediately send back to Triple A. They call him back up again in June with only 2 days rest, following a horrible outing in which he gave up 3 ER in 1 IP. He had three great starts before he was again send back to the minors so that the O’s could (ab)use a technicality that allowed them a 26 men roster for the doubleheader against the Rays, where Gausman gave up 5 runs, before returning to the minors again. He gets called up again to face Boston on sunday, and now he is back again in the minors.

        In short Gausman has been send to the minors 4 times now in between his 6 starts.

  2. jacobk621 - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:51 PM

    The Orioles are going to ruin this young pitcher before it’s all said and done ,, If anyone needs to go back down to the minors it’s Gonzales !!

  3. miguelcairo - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:58 PM

    C’mon. Let the kid pitch!

    • southpaw2k - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:18 PM

      Did you not read the article? The Orioles are watching his innings so he’ll be available in September and (hopefully) the playoffs. Otherwise, they’d run the risk of turning him into a 2014 version of Mark Prior.

  4. yahmule - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:58 PM

    I think these teams are trying to be too cute with kids like Gausman and Rubby de la Rosa with the demotion games.

  5. syphermce - Jul 8, 2014 at 12:33 AM

    Yep, Orioles are going to F-Up Gausman just like they do most of the other pitchers. I often wonder how much better Tillman would be if he didn’t go through the same thing.

  6. countertrey44 - Jul 8, 2014 at 6:49 AM

    Seven commenters and six of them read the headline only and skipped the article. There’s a reason behind it. He will be just fine.

  7. randomdigits - Jul 8, 2014 at 7:21 AM

    A friend of mine ran the numbers and this last trip down gives the O’s another year of team control.

    So sure it was about the innings.

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