BALTIMORE – The Orioles begin a three-game series in Boston on Monday. The big news is that Miguel Gonzalez is being skipped in the series.
Instead, Gonzalez will pitch in New York against the Yankees in the series that begins next Friday.
Manager Buck Showalter says that Gonzalez’s right shin, which he hurt in the fifth inning of Thursday’s game in Tampa Bay is fine. He just wants to take advantage of an open date on Tuesday.
“We got an opportunity here. It’s not going to come very often. We are going to hopefully be pitching him every fifth day for a
long, long [time]. He’s got a chance if he stays healthy to pitch over 200 innings. So we want to have him in good shape for the long haul,” Showalter said.
Gonzalez, who pitched well at Yankee Stadium had expected to pitch Wednesday. He’ll probably pitch on Friday.
“I'm fine. It's up to them. Whatever they think is best for me, I'll be doing it. It's not a problem with me," Gonzalez said.
Wei-Yin Chen (0-0, 3.18) faces Clay Buchholz (1-0, 1.29) on Monday afternoon. On Wednesday, Jake Arrieta (0-0, 9.00) is scheduled against Ryan Dempster (0-1., 5.40) and on Thursday, Chris Tillman (0-0, 12.27) and Felix Doubront (0-0, 5.40) are listed.