BALTIMORE – On Wednesday, the Orioles will need a starter, and whoever it is isn’t on the roster now.
Manager Buck Showalter has eliminated Wei-Yin Chen and Jason Hammel from pitching on three days rest and said that he’d prefer not using Tommy Hunter or P.J. McFarland because that would strain the bullpen.
“Who is going to give you long relief?” Showalter asked.
“You want somebody who can provide you with some length in an extra inning game it’s something we didn’t have last year which is why Chris Davis pitched in a game.”
There are three candidates to pitch on Wednesday: Zach Britton, Freddy Garcia and Josh Stinson.
Britton’s turn to pitch would come on Wednesday for Norfolk, Garcia is scheduled to pitch on Tuesday for the Tides, and Stinson pitched for Frederick in relief on Saturday. Stinson was temporarily moved from Norfolk to the Keys in case he was needed in relief over the weekend.
Garcia, who signed a minor league contract with the Orioles on March 29, said he would go to Norfolk for a handful of starts. He’s thought to have a May 1 opt-out, which could factor into the team’s thinking.
“Might be a tiebreaker if everybody feels real close. But if someone is a little better that’s where we are going. That’s to be fair to both players. It’s not about hoarding players completely. That’s there to protect the player and give him the opportunity to pitch in the big leagues somewhere else if we don’t have the opportunity here,” Showalter said.