When Kevin Gausman received the news on Tuesday, he had a tough time wrapping his head around the idea. The 22-year-old Orioles prospect was informed he would be making his first Major League start on Thursday against the Blue Jays in Toronto, and it took until Wednesday for the news to really sink in.
The Orioles are hoping to find the same magic they found last season. Here's your chance, Kevin Gausman. After just 13 Minor League starts, he'll get the ball Thursday in Toronto. With the organization's other prized prospect, Dylan Bundy, injured, he's the club's best prospect.
The Orioles on Thursday will officially promote Kevin Gausman and add him to the active roster for his Major League debut that night in Toronto, a bold move for an organization that shocked the baseball world when it called up 20-year-old infielder Manny Machado in the middle of a pennant race last August.
On the heels of snapping a season-high six-game losing streak, Baltimore kept rolling in the right direction on Wednesday night, using a gutsy effort from starter Jason Hammel and a trio of homers to secure a 6-3 series-winning victory over New York.
Adam Jones, dealing with soreness in his groin, started at designated hitter for the second straight day on Wednesday.
Nolan Reimold (strained right hamstring) had two MRIs performed on Tuesday and is set to begin physical therapy, manager Buck Showalter said.
Prospect Jonathan Schoop has a stress fracture in his lower back, general manager Dan Duquette said on Wednesday.
The Orioles are expected to promote highly regarded pitching prospect Kevin Gausman to make Thursday's start at Toronto, with the organization believing that the 22-year-old right-hander, currently with Double-A Bowie, is its best option.
The Orioles snapped a season-high six-game losing streak in dramatic fashion on Tuesday night, with Nate McLouth drilling a solo homer in the bottom of the 10th inning to drop the Yankees, 3-2.
Orioles closer Jim Johnson, who blew his third consecutive save in Monday night's 6-4 loss to the Yankees, was hoping to get an immediate chance for redemption. A save situation did not arise on Tuesday against New York, but manager Buck Showalter showed faith in Johnson regardless, using the righty for the 10th inning of a tied game that was won by Baltimore, 3-2, in the bottom of the 10th.
On Tuesday, Major League Baseball announced each team's representatives for next month's First-Year Player Draft. Al Bumbry and Tripp Norton will serve as the Orioles' representatives.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter penciled in Adam Jones as the designated hitter against the Yankees on Tuesday night, adding that the center fielder is dealing with some soreness in his right leg.
The Orioles optioned right-hander Jair Jurrjens to Triple-A Norfolk on Tuesday, opting to keep Jake Arrieta to add some length to their bullpen on the night right-hander Miguel Gonzalez made his first start off the disabled list.
Orioles left-hander Wei-Yin Chen (oblique strain) will head to Sarasota, Fla., on Tuesday to get an early start on his rehab, although he isn't expected to pick up the ball for at least another week.
Orioles right-hander Tommy Hunter isn't shy about admitting he checks the stadium's radar gun while on the mound. But it's not exactly the way you would imagine.
Jim Johnson blew his third straight save, and Pedro Strop was tagged for two runs in the 10th inning as the Orioles lost their sixth straight game, 6-4, to the Yankees on Monday night.
Rays outfielder Matt Joyce hit his eighth home run of the season Sunday afternoon at Camden Yards, after an official review gave Tampa Bay a 3-1 lead over the Orioles.
Orioles infielder Ryan Flaherty was optioned following Saturday's loss, and manager Buck Showalter is encouraged that he will get consistent at-bats in a variety of positions at Triple-A Norfolk as the organization tries to get him back on track.
The Orioles recalled infielder Danny Valencia prior to Sunday's game, and the right-handed hitter got the start at designated hitter in the team's series finale against Rays lefty Matt Moore.
Chris Tillman was sharp with four strikeouts in six innings, but the Orioles managed just five hits in a 3-1 loss to the Rays in the series finale on Sunday.
The Orioles optioned infielder Ryan Flaherty to Triple-A Norfolk following Saturday's 10-6 loss, and the club will announce a corresponding roster move prior to Sunday's game.
The Orioles placed outfielder Nolan Reimold on the 15-day disabled list with a right hamstring strain prior to Saturday's game. The 29-year-old, who hasn't played in a week, will now be sidelined for at least another nine days.
Orioles right-hander Jake Arrieta was recalled prior to Saturday's game, where he will be used -- at least initially -- as an extra bullpen arm who can go multiple innings and help spell an overworked relief corps.
Back-to-back homers from Adam Jones and Chris Davis in a four-run first weren't enough, as Jim Johnson blew his second straight save in the O's 10-6 loss to the Rays on Saturday.
Kevin Gausman struck out a career-high 10 batters for Double-A Bowie on Friday night, allowing an earned run on four hits over six innings in an impressive 90-pitch outing.
Miguel Gonzalez pitched in a simulated game at Camden Yards on Friday afternoon, and the right-hander remains on track to start next week against the Yankees.
A furious comeback bid came up just short for the Orioles, who dropped the series opener, 12-10, to the Rays on Friday night. Jason Hammel was tagged for seven runs on 10 hits in 4 2/3 innings.
Orioles right-hander Jair Jurrjens was in the clubhouse on Friday, and he will be added to the roster and make his Baltimore debut on Saturday against the Tampa Bay Rays.
One of this spring's final decisions, T.J. McFarland made Baltimore's Opening Day roster as part of the team's outstanding bullpen and will have to stay on the 25-man roster all season to stay in the organization.
The Orioles ran into trouble on defense and on the mound, which helped the Padres to an 8-4 victory on Wednesday afternoon at Camden Yards.