Faced with the task of adding four starting pitchers to the
To fill out the ALDS roster, the Orioles added
The exclusion of Johnson, who is 4-0 with a 2.11 ERA but hasn't pitched since Sept. 29 due to a left knee injury, was the biggest surprise.
"As good as we think Steve could be, there's some unknown there with the knee," Showalter said.
Johnson likely would be the first to be activated if a pitcher had to be removed from the roster due to injury. Roster replacements through the remainder of the ALDS can only be made if an injury occurs; a pitcher only can replace a pitcher, and a position player can only replace a position player. A new roster will be submitted if the Orioles make the American League Championship Series.
Johnson, Arrieta, Quintanilla and
"Every one of those guys, as I told them today, has to have the mindset that they're playing tomorrow, because they could be," Showalter said. "They could be playing tomorrow [if there is an injury]."
Ultimately, Showalter decided that Hunter's experience in the 2010 playoffs for the
In his last 10 games, all in relief, Hunter is 3-0 and has allowed just one run in 12 2/3 innings (0.71 ERA) while striking out 12 and allowing two walks.
"Tommy pitched very well out of the pen," Showalter said. "When we acquired Tommy, we felt like if we presented good options as a starter, we felt like Tommy could be a real contributor as a reliever, too. And he's certainly done that since he's pitched out of the pen. Plus, he can give us some length out of there if we need it."
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Baltimore Sun reporter Eduardo A. Encina contributed to this article.