BOSTON – Miguel Gonzalez will miss his next start for the Orioles because of a strained right groin. Manager Buck Showalter hopes Bud Norris, who missed his last start with discomfort in his right elbow, will make his next one.
Norris threw on Tuesday afternoon, and Showalter said the team would make a decision by Thursday. If he can’t start Saturday at Tampa Bay, Showalter said there were five-six candidates to replace him.
“Bud threw on the side today. It was his day. He felt better. He’s improving,” Showalter said. “The earliest he could start would be Saturday, but that’s kind of up in the air.”
Kevin Gausman, Steve Johnson and Josh Stinson are among the candidates. So are Zach Britton and Tsuyoshi Wada, who are in Sarasota, Fla. Britton and Wada will throw a simulated game on Wednesday.
“We’re going to grind the heck out of one game and see where we’re standing. If we need to get another pitcher, they’re sitting down there in Sarasota ready to go. I’m not managing like I normally do,” Showalter said.
Jason Hammel, who will begin the Tampa Bay series on Friday, will be in the bullpen on Tuesday.
Gonzalez came out of Sunday’s game in Toronto because of the strained groin in the sixth inning. He had treatment on Monday.
“It was sore. It feels a lot better,” Gonzalez said.
NOTES: Showalter said it was difficult to say goodbye to Wilson Betemit, who was designated for assignment on Monday.
“Wilson’s a good man. Those are the worst conversations I have,” Showalter said.
Betemit was hitless in 10 at-bats since returning from a severely sprained knee he suffered in late March.
“I don’t think he’s completely where he’s going to be, and I think to get ready for winter ball where he can show everybody that’s he back physically. I think this will be good for him,” Showalter said.
“His next goal is to play in winter ball to show everybody he’s healthy, and if that’s the case, he’ll be a contributor on a major league club next year. He’s just not in a position right now to do that consistently, and we needed the roster spot. I don’t think it was fair to him. We tried to find if he could get it going a little bit, but it just wasn’t there.”
-Henry Urrutia will stay in Sarasota unless he’s needed by the Orioles. Urrutia is playing in the Instructional League and preparing for the Arizona Fall League next month.
-Showalter said that he plans on keeping Jonathan Schoop, who hasn’t played since his recall from Norfolk two weeks ago. “I think he’s benefit every day he’s here. He has the potential to be here in the next year or so.”