Orioles watching Gausman's pitch count

Orioles watching Gausman's pitch count
April 27, 2014, 3:00 pm
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BALTIMORE –- It was another good start for Kevin Gausman on Saturday night. The 23-year-old right-hander pitched a scoreless 4 2/3 innings against Columbus, allowing three hits and a walk.

In five starts for Norfolk, Gausman is 0-1 with a 2.53 ERA. In 21 1/3 innings, he’s allowed 21 hits, struck out 20 and walked 11.

Gausman threw 75 pitches before Tides manager Ron Johnson lifted him.

Buck Showalter is keeping a close watch on Gausman, who was 3-5 with a 5.66 ERA in 20 games with the Orioles last year, five of them starts.

“Gausman had a good outing last night. It looks like they're holding him to 75 pitches. RJ said he had stuff to go real deep in that game,” Showalter said.

The Orioles don’t want to overtax Gausman, who pitched 129 2/3 innings at Bowie, Norfolk and Baltimore last year. The pitch count is monitored religiously.

“So the potential is there for him to pitch in October, September, get a head of it and not wait until late and have to shut him down. Trying to get where we don’t have that issue if we get to where we're trying to get. Don't want to wait until August,” Showalter said.