At times, Orioles manager
"If you do the mathematics of where we're taking his innings compared to last year, it leaves that buffer if we so choose and if he is still worthy," Showalter said. "We can go a lot of different directions with that. So the possibility is in place, but it's something that I think we're a long way from. One, we've got to [be in contention] and he's going to have to do his part."
Bundy didn't allow an earned run with Single-A Delmarva, but has been a little more human at High-A Frederick. He has pitched 28 2/3 innings for the Keys, posting a 3.14 ERA and allowing 24 hits, eight walks and 10 earned runs while striking out 30 batters.
"I think he's at a level now … that he's getting challenged to throw secondary pitches to shorten up his time to the plate, to do some things with base runners that he hasn't had to do, and ride a little bit longer bus rides," Showalter said. "So far, so good."
Miguel Gonzalez was supposed to start Saturday's game for the Tides, but because of travel problems the team did not arrive in Norfolk from Columbus, Ohio until 6 p.m., an hour before game time. Once he arrived at the park, he was told he had been scratched from the start and needed to report to Baltimore.
By the fifth inning Sunday, Gonzalez was summoned into the Orioles’ game in relief of
Most important, he saved the bullpen, keeping several relievers fresh for the upcoming road trip. That was much appreciated by Showalter.
"Hopefully, what Miguel did today will bode well for us the next few days," the manager said.
Showalter did not rule out Gonzalez, who has a 2.31 ERA in two stints with the Orioles, as a potential starter for the Orioles in the near future. But executive vice president Dan Duquette said that is not in the current plans.
To make room for Thome on the 25-man roster, the Orioles demoted outfielder Xavier Avery to Norfolk. He must be there for 10 days, barring injury to someone else on the roster, but could return shortly after the All-Star Break, Showalter said. Avery was 3-for-12 with one homer and one stolen base since being called up Thursday. The Orioles needed 13 pitchers because they will play seven straight games before the break.
Around the horn
Pitcher Steve Johnson (St. Paul’s) is being called up to the 25-man roster to take Brian Matusz’s place. He’ll join the team in Seattle. Johnson is the son of MASN broadcaster and former Oriole Dave Johnson. MASNSports.com first reported the news. ... To make room for Gonzalez, the Orioles demoted