5/13/2014 7:30 P.M. ET
Gonzalez available in 'pen after start skipped
By Brittany Ghiroli / MLB.com
BALTIMORE -- Miguel Gonzalez will have his turn in the rotation skipped, a move that O's manager Buck Showalter said is temporary as the club sorts through some things. Gonzalez was in line to start Thursday, but the O's decided to push back lefty Wei-Yin Chen. Gonzalez will be available in the bullpen the next few nights instead.
"We will wait to see [Chris] Tillman's side day," Showalter said. "He had a little groin tenderness. I think that's going to manage well, but I want to make sure we are covered for him and Bud [Norris]. If the league decides to do something [about Norris being ejected on Monday], want to make sure we are covered."
Gonzalez, who said he's happy as long as the team is winning, would clearly prefer to start and could be used in this weekend's Kansas City series given the uncertainty around Tillman and Norris. Showalter said he didn't want the right-hander to go on short rest on Wednesday, and the Royals hit right-handed starters much better than lefties.
Gonzalez is coming off one of his better outings of the season, going a season-high seven innings and holding Houston to two runs in a no-decision on Saturday.
O's hope Norris can avoid suspension
BALTIMORE -- The Orioles had not heard any official word from Major League Baseball as of Tuesday afternoon, but the team is hopeful that right-handed starter Bud Norris can avoid a suspension.
Norris was ejected for hitting Torii Hunter with a pitch in the eighth inning of Monday's game against the Tigers, and he sat in the dugout for several minutes after the ejection exchanging heated words with Hunter.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he didn't plan on reaching out to anyone in New York.
"No, I really don't want to throw up any red flags," he said. "I personally don't expect anything, but they don't really consult with what my mindset is. If they want to talk about it, I'm more than willing to talk about it. But I'm not going to initiate that, I don't think."
Norris' next scheduled start is Saturday against the Royals, and he's been the team's most consistent starter as of late, going 2-3 with a 3.98 ERA, including a season-high 7 2/3 innings in Monday's loss.
• Dylan Bundy threw live batting practice on Tuesday, which was kind of a combo of a simulated game and BP. He threw 20 pitches, using his full arsenal, and his fastball hit 93 mph.
• Nolan Reimold has been doing all baseball activities and his 60-day DL stint ends on May 29.
• Johan Santana will throw again on the Friday, with Orioles prospect Eduardo Rodriguez (knee sprain) scheduled to throw a four-inning game on Wednesday.
• Rule 5 Draft pick Michael Almanzar will have his left knee examined by Dr. David Altchek on Thursday as he continues to deal with the nagging injury
Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.