Looking ahead at Saturday's starting pitcher possibilities

There's still a lot of baseball to be played before the Orioles have need to make a decision on their starting pitcher for Saturday's game in Atlanta.

The Orioles have had four off days since May 24, meaning they've needed a fifth starter just once -- Tommy Hunter was called up to pitch Saturday -- in that span. They'll need to pick a fifth starter again for Saturday's game against the Braves

It depends a lot on how much the club's bullpen is taxed in the days leading up to Saturday. Long-reliever Dana Eveland could make that start, and don't count out Jake Arrieta if he begins to build his confidence in the bullpen.

If bullpen usage won't allow that, the Orioles could look to Norfolk. Right-hander Chris Tillman would be on a normal day's rest and has a 1.74 ERA in his past three outings. Provided he pitches well Monday, he could get the nod.

Another option is newly signed 49-year-old right-hander Jamie Moyer, who threw five innings of one-hit ball with five strikeouts Saturday for Norfolk.

You probably won't see left-hander Zach Britton, who seems to be still finding his way in Norfolk. The Orioles seem to be determined to see Britton only after he's shown he's ready to join the rotation for good. Britton allowed four runs on seven hits in his first Triple-A rehab start, and has allowed two runs on six hits through four innings so far today for the Tides.