Orioles will keep rotation intact for now
Deeper starts a concern after bullpen's recent workload
CLEVELAND -- The Orioles stuck with the status quo in their rotation Tuesday, opting to keep Dennis Sarfate in a starting role and leave the bullpen alone -- at least temporarily. Baltimore manager Dave Trembley indicated that there could be personnel moves in the near future, but he also said he thought his staff was just fine for now.
"We feel like we'll get a good game out of [Garrett] Olson tonight and we'll back him up with [Jim] Johnson and [George] Sherrill," said Trembley of his staff. "We didn't make a move. It's that simple. We didn't make one."
Trembley saw his staff get strafed for 33 hits and 28 runs in the last two days, but he remained convinced that his bullpen would be fine with a little rest. Sarfate has made three starts and hasn't been able to complete five innings in any of them, but Trembley said Monday that he's still planning on sending the right-hander back out there in four days.
Unless Andy MacPhail, the team's president of baseball operations, feels differently, that's what they'll do.
"I'm more concerned with the starters going longer in the game than I am about making a move," he said. "Until I'm told otherwise or until a decision is made, that's what it is. The rotation stays the way it is. I know I'll be discussing that with Andy MacPhail. We have a couple of days yet before I have to make a decision on that one if something were to happen."
The Orioles didn't get a shutdown start from Olson, though, as the Indians scored four first-inning runs for the second consecutive night. Baltimore doesn't really have any in-house candidates to step into the rotation, and the most oft-heard names from the organization are Triple-A veteran Hayden Penn and Double-A right-hander Bradley Bergesen.
Penn, who missed his last start with shoulder soreness, might be the leading candidate. The right-hander has big league experience but has been stopped short in his progress by a litany of injuries. Bergesen, who set the Double-A Bowie franchise record for victories (15), would likely be the next choice if Penn should remain unavailable.
Baltimore also has Radhames Liz and Brian Burres -- who have started for the Orioles this year -- at Triple-A Norfolk.
"The candidates and names in the Minor Leagues are rather obvious," said Trembley of his options inside the farm system. "We'll have to get through the next couple of games here and see where we go in Detroit."
Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.