BALTIMORE –- After Tuesday’s game, manager Buck Showalter said he had a couple of pitchers who were unavailable. One was Tommy Hunter, and the other was assumed to be Darren O’Day.
O’Day has pitched only once since Sept. 1, and he could have been used in the eighth inning of Tuesday’s game instead of Kevin Gausman. Gausman pitched a clean seventh inning, then allowed three decisive runs in the eighth.
“We had some where there was a specific physical ailment that kept them from pitching,” Showalter said.
Hunter had pitched too much recently, Showalter said. “We felt we had to stay away from him physically and we had another situation that was not related to workload. We’ll check on that when the dust clears.”
O’Day, who left the clubhouse shortly after it was open to reporters on Wednesday afternoon, has appeared in 63 games, and until late July had never gone more than three games without work.
Since August 28, O’Day has been used just twice.
“I’m not going to talk about who it is. You all are smart enough to figure it out when you don’t see him for a few days when you normally see him,” Showalter said.
The Orioles have 11 pitchers in the bullpen. Showalter thinks that’s enough.
“No, we’re fine right now. If we can’t by with 11, somebody’s grossly mismanaging it,” Showalter said. “We’re in good shape physically.”
NOTES: Nick Markakis and his wife, Christina, had a baby boy on Wednesday afternoon. It’s the couple’s third child, all boys. He’s hoping to come to the ballpark, though he’s not in the lineup.
-Norfolk manager Ron Johnson has joined the team for the rest of the season.