Gausman ready to begin throwing sessions

Showalter elects to start Gonzalez for series opener on Tuesday

Gausman ready to begin throwing sessions

BALTIMORE -- Orioles starter Kevin Gausman is ready to get back to work after landing on the disabled list due to right shoulder inflammation. The plan is to get the right-hander back in action with a series of throwing sessions before a stint in Triple-A Norfolk to build up his arm strength.

Gausman will start with two or three flat-ground sessions before moving into two bullpen sessions, and then a simulated game on May 27 before moving on to Norfolk.

"We went over the whole plan with him," said Orioles manager Buck Showalter, who emphasized that it would be important for Gausman to get the necessary rest he needed in between sessions in order to remain healthy. "An off-day has to be a healing day."

Gausman, who was 1-0 with a 4.50 ERA in eight appearances before going on the disabled list on May 8, said he was frustrated that he's been out of action for this long, but he is looking forward to becoming a starter once again during rehab.

"I'm fine," Gausman said. "I've been doing some strengthening exercises, everything feels fine. Really, I'm now just mad at myself for missing any time at all. I think it was kind of a smaller thing than I thought.

"Everything is fine. I'm good to go now, and I'm excited to start throwing."

• Showalter had to adjust on the fly in giving Mike Wright his first Major League start Sunday, and due to injuries and illness, things remain somewhat uncertain for Baltimore's series against the Mariners.

Bud Norris, who was scheduled to start Saturday before being scratched with bronchitis, was in the clubhouse Sunday, but he is still battling the illness. Chris Tillman, who was slated to start Sunday before he was pulled due to back stiffness, was also in the clubhouse prior to the game, and Showalter said his pitcher was feeling better.

After Sunday's 3-0 win, Showalter announced that Miguel Gonzalez would start Tuesday's game against the Mariners and that he was "leaning toward" Wei-Yin Chen on Wednesday. Baltimore will have to make a decision on the activation or demotion of Tyler Wilson by 8 p.m. ET Monday as well.

"We've got a lot of options with the off-days," Showalter said. "The only thing I can really commit to is [Gonzalez] on Tuesday."

Elliott Smith is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.