07/26/12 1:29 PM ET
Gonzalez among O's dealing with flu-like illness
By Brittany Ghiroli / MLB.com
Gonzalez did not mention he was under the weather to the team or the media, and reiterated on Thursday that he didn't want to use it as an excuse for his poor performance.
"It's very attractive on his part," manager Buck Showalter said of Gonzalez putting the blame on himself. "He was telling [head athletic trainer Richie Bancells], 'It had nothing to do with how I pitched, I felt good for the most part.'"
Gonzalez (2-2, 4.28 ERA) went a career-low 2 2/3 innings, surrendering a career-high seven hits and seven earned runs in the Orioles' 10-1 loss to the Rays.
The right-hander has made four starts and has been a pleasant surprise for Baltimore, who signed Gonzalez to a Minor League deal late in the spring. Despite his struggles, Gonzalez is expected to stay in the team's rotation for at least one more start.
As for the illness going around the Orioles' clubhouse -- Thursday's starter Chris Tillman also was a little under the weather -- the team will have to just grin and bear it.
"One thing about a locker room in baseball, when one guy gets it, everybody gets it," Showalter said.
Orioles recall left-hander Eveland, option Tolleson
BALTIMORE -- Seeking to bolster a bullpen forced to cover 6 1/3 innings Wednesday night, the Orioles selected the contract of left-hander Dana Eveland from Triple-A Norfolk prior to Thursday afternoon's finale with the Rays.
"Trying to keep [the bullpen] intact and healthy, like we've been fortunate enough to do all season," said manager Buck Showalter, who takes special care in preserving the relief corps, which has been the team's greatest strength this season.
Eveland found out at about 1 a.m. and drove with coordinator of Minor League instruction Brian Graham from Lehigh Valley to arrive in Baltimore on Thursday morning.
He made one start for Norfolk since being outrighted for the second time this season, a 3 1/3-inning start in which he gave up six runs. In 14 Major League games, Eveland is 0-1 with a 4.73 ERA, making two spot starts.
Infielder/outfielder Steve Tolleson was optioned to Norfolk to clear a spot on the 25-man roster.
Tolleson batted .194/.242/.339 with two home runs and six RBIs in 23 games for the Orioles over three stints this season. The Orioles had an opening on their 40-man roster after designating Steve Pearce for assignment.
Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.