Orioles won't use six starters in second half

Orioles won't use six starters in second half
July 8, 2013, 5:00 pm
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Baltimore Orioles pitcher Zach Britton delivers against the Texas Rangers during the first inning of the first baseball game of a doubleheader on Saturday, April 9, 2011, in Baltimore.

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BALTIMORE — Zach Britton will start on Tuesday, Wei-Yin Chen will come off the disabled list to start on Wednesday against Texas. Manager Buck Showalter said that he’ll use six starters for the rest of the All-Star break, but that he won’t do it in the second half of the season.

“Everybody will have had rest to put them in the mix,” Showalter said.
Showalter said that he would consider sending a starter down to the minors to get a start to keep them sharp during next week’s four-day All-Star break.

“Obviously, we’re not going to be able to carry six starters in the second half,” Showalter said.

Chen hasn’t pitched since May 12 due to a strained left oblique. He threw two rehab starts for Bowie.

“I’m not too excited for this start. I’ve been prepared for this start for so long. I’m ready to go,” Chen said
Chen’s addition makes six starters, and perhaps Britton will have to go to make for him.

“It’s crossed my mind, but if I’m giving the team an opportunity to win whether it’s in the rotation or the bullpen that I’ll stay here. It’s just a matter of finding a role. There might not be one,” Britton said.

“I have an option left. I know that can be used against you sometimes. I don’t worry too much. I know if I keep pitching well, good things are going to happen.”

NOTES: Steve Johnson (left oblique strain) was supposed to throw 35 pitches in Sarasota, Fla. Wilson Betemit (right knee) is still not able to regularly perform baseball drills, and Steve Pearce (tendinitis in left wrist) is not able to swing regularly. … Jonathan Schoop (stress fracture in lower back) should be able to play for Aberdeen on Thursday.