BOSTON -- Orioles pitching prospect Kevin Gausman turned in his best outing of the season on Sunday afternoon despite picking up a no-decision in Triple-A Norfolk's 6-3 win over Durham.
The 23-year-old Gausman allowed four hits over five shutout innings, walking two and stiking out four. He threw 48 of his 74 pitches for strikes, lowering his ERA to 3.24 through four starts this season.
The five innings marked the longest outing of the season so far for Gausman, who dealt with a blister on his pitching hand in his last start.
"The last one was more blister than the one before that," manager Buck Showalter said of the report on Gausman's outing. "I think they are managing his innings a little bit."
Showalter wants to keep Schoop versatile
BOSTON -- Jonathan Schoop started at second base on Sunday night, with manager Buck Showalter --despite saying previously he didn't want to move the rookie around -- wanting to make sure Schoop wasn't too far removed from across the diamond.
"When Manny [Machado] comes back, I want to keep all our options open," Showalter said. "[Schoop's] fine anyplace. I think it's good for him to stay connected to both places. Because you don't know how Manny is going to do, he may have a setback tomorrow, you never know what's going to happen. So, I want to keep all our options open at second, too. I think that's where [Schoop] may end up. Who knows?"
Machado's pending arrival will complicate things for the current setup of Schoop, Steve Lombardozzi and Ryan Flaherty, who all have Minor League options and could be sent down if needed.
"I do think about it. In quiet moments, private moments. What would you do if it's today?" Showalter said. "But it's not. There's a lot of things that could happen between now and then that might make it an easier decision. I hope it doesn't. I hope it's a real tough one."
• Machado was scheduled to be off in his rehab Sunday, and he will play seven innings at third base on Monday before serving as designated hitter in an extended spring game on Tuesday. He could be eligible to start a rehab assignment after that, although Showalter said a lot of that will be based off how Machado feels after playing nine innings.
• Troy Patton will join Norfolk on Tuesday and stay there for his entire rehab assignment. His 25-game suspension ends on April 30, meaning the Orioles have to activate him off the restricted list by then.
• Delmon Young was held hitless on Saturday, snapping a 14-game hitting streak out of the Orioles' designated hitter spot.
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