While the O's have their most dependable pitcher in ace Chris Tillman starting Saturday, he's dealing with right shoulder discomfort, exacerbating the need to have length available in the bullpen. Tillman was scratched from his scheduled start Wednesday.
"I'm sure we'll have to make some adjustments, especially with Chris pitching tomorrow," manager Buck Showalter said after Friday's loss. "We hope everything's OK. But you've got to cover yourself in case he isn't. If he warms up and has an issue, what if?"
Showalter used Ubaldo Jimenez for three innings (52 pitches) and Vance Worley for two innings (36 pitches) as the O's allowed a season-high 15 runs.
One option is to call up righty Odrisamer Despaigne, who's scheduled to start for Norfolk on Saturday. He has a 4.81 ERA over 15 games with Baltimore this season.
Ryan Baillargeon is a reporter for MLB.com based in Baltimore. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.