Right-hander Tommy Hunter will start Wednesday's series opener in Kansas City, Showalter said on Monday. Hunter was demoted to Triple-A Norfolk last Monday before being called back up on Thursday and starting against the Rangers on three days' rest. Hunter gave up four runs on five hits in six innings, taking the loss.
Norfolk righty Joel Pineiro missed his most recent start to rest a sore right shoulder. Showalter expected that the issue would resolve itself. The O's signed Pineiro to a Minor League deal on April 11, and he has posted a 1-0 record with a 3.65 ERA in two starts with Norfolk.
Dana Eveland was available for the O's out of the bullpen on Monday. Eveland had his contract purchased and started against the Rays on Friday in place of Jason Hammel, who missed his regularly scheduled start due to a sore right knee.
Xavier Avery recorded his first Major League hit when he led off the bottom of the first inning on Monday with a double. In the fifth inning, the speedy outfielder tripled into the right-field corner to tie the score at 3. Avery had his contract purchased from Norfolk on Sunday and made his second consecutive start in left field on Monday.
Infielder Zelous Wheeler cleared waivers and has been outrighted to Double-A Bowie. Wheeler was designated for assignment on Friday to make room for Eveland on the O's 40-man roster.