The fact that the Baltimore Orioles fell to Detroit 8-6 yesterday should be of no interest to fans. If anything, the bats showed some promise. However the condition of starter Kevin Gausman should be more concerning. He left the game after pitching 1.1 innings after a freak play. Gausman’s line: 1.1 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 1 BB, 2 K.
Gausman left the game after colliding with a member of the Tigers who was too far out of the on-deck circle while backing up home plate after an RBI-single. Gausman remained on the turf for several minutes. He would later leave Ed Smith Stadium on a cart, but would later return to sit in the dugout.
It appears that Gausman is going to be okay, although it’s unclear whether or not he’ll miss time. However that’s exactly the type of thing that the Orioles need to avoid. Things could go south quickly if their presumed starters have to miss time – even in spring training.
It’s worth mentioning that Gausman was slated to go two innings when he came out for the injury. So he himself could have potentially limited the damage in the game as opposed to five runs scoring in the inning. Gausman was the first to mention however that he could have been sharper in the outing overall. However he did notice that he had some pitches working for him (quote courtesy of Brittany Ghirolli, MLB.com):
I didn’t get a chance to talk to Chance when I came out of the game, but that’s one thing I wanted to ask him. He was calling [the sinker] a lot. Usually when a catcher is calling something, it means you kinda got it that day. He was calling my sinker a lot and calling my slider. Those are the two pitches I’m working on, especially this spring.
The Orioles will travel to Port Charlotte this afternoon to take on the Tampa Rays. Hunter Harvey will make his much-anticipated spring debut for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by Tampa’s Nathan Eovaldi. Game time is set for just after 1 PM.