Gausman to join Triple-A rotation after DL

Righty returning to starter's role after shoulder MRI shows no damage

Gausman to join Triple-A rotation after DL

BALTIMORE -- An MRI taken Tuesday on Kevin Gausman's right shoulder came back clean, and the plan is for the pitcher -- who is on the disabled list with tendinitis -- to rehab the injury and get on a consistent schedule starting for Triple-A Norfolk.

"We were contemplating that anyway, because I don't want Kevin to end up with 50-60 innings on the year, if he figures into the potential of being in the rotation down the road next year," manager Buck Showalter said.

"We want to keep the ball in his hand, so I think it's going to be good. It's kind of like some other things you do with the end game of innings pitched and what have you."

Gausman, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday, should be activated in the Minors shortly after he's eligible. He hopes to start throwing by the end of the week and said Tuesday he's looking forward to getting stretched out.

"I've been a starter for most of my career, that's what I'm comfortable doing," Gausman said. "So, really to get into kind of a routine is what I'm kind of excited about."

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