SEATTLE—Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman's superb performance against the Mariners Wednesday afternoon earned him another start after the All-Star break.
So why did the Orioles immediately option Tillman to Double-A Bowie following their 4-2 win over Seattle?
He will then get in extra days of rest before being activated to pitch a week from Sunday -- the first day he's eligible to return -- against the Tigers.
The move also allowed the Orioles to add another player for the remainder of their seven-game West Coast road trip -- the Orioles open a four-game series against the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter said the club hadn't decided whether they would bring up a pitcher or a position player. Their 40-man options are limited because infielder Steve Tolleson and pitcher Steve Johnson won't have fulfilled the 10-day minimum to remain in the minors after being optioned.