BOSTON – The Orioles needed another arm for the bullpen, and they brought Kevin Gausman up from Norfolk on Wednesday.
Gausman replaces Wei-Yin Chen on the roster. Chen was optioned to Gulf Coast, but can rejoin the Orioles when the rosters expand on Sunday. Gulf Coast’s season ends on Thursday.
"From what I've kind of figured out on my own, I'm just here to kind of eat innings and keep the bullpen fresh. That's the biggest thing. I guess we'll just see. It kind of depends on how the game goes," Gausman said.
Gausman was 1-3 with a 6.21 ERA in nine appearances earlier this season with the Orioles. He started in his first stint, relieved in the second.
“He’s going to be in the bullpen,” manager Buck Showalter said.
It’s likely that barring injuries Gausman will remain in the bullpen for the remainder of the season. The Orioles will be able to keep his innings under control and let him pitch through a possible postseason if he remains in the bullpen.
“In the future, we still think he’s going to be a good starter for us,” Showalter said.
Gausman is enjoying his time in the bullpen.
"I actually feel great about it. I think the first time it was kind of different because I'm so used to having so much time to get ready and warm up and stuff. My first couple times out of the 'pen, I learned that I don't need that much time. I can be a reliever and I can pick the ball up and start throwing right away and be ready in a couple minutes. It's something that has been a little bit different, but I feel great about it. I think that's kind of why, earlier in the year, they did that to me, so at this point I would be ready for it and feel comfortable with it," Gausman said.
In nine games with Norfolk, Gausman was 1-2 with a 4.04 ERA. He was scheduled to be called up when the rosters expanded on Sunday.
“I think it just so happened that they kind of needed an extra guy. I was a little bit surprised, but at the same time, I was pitching well. I'm just trying to fill a role here," Gausman said.
Gausman was limited to 40 pitches when he pitched on Sunday, a day ahead of schedule for Norfolk.
“Obviously, I was kind of mad. I hated even pitching five innings,” Gausman said. “I wasn’t too happy about it. Obviously, I’m happy now.”
There’s not as much awe in Gausman as he comes to the Orioles for the third time.
“The first time, it’s like wow, cameras everywhere, so many people. Now, it’s easier. I have a pretty good relationship with most of the guys. It makes it easier,” Gausman said.