Eveland gets starting nod for Saturday

Eveland gets starting nod for Saturday

Eveland gets starting nod for Saturday
BALTIMORE -- Left-hander Dana Eveland has been announced as Saturday's starter, ending a week of speculation about who would be the fifth man in the Orioles rotation.

The past week has been a tumultuous one for Eveland, who traveled to California last weekend for the birth of his second child before battling travel issues to return Wednesday and throw two scoreless innings that night.

Because Eveland threw only 18 pitches on Wednesday -- less than the predetermined limit of 25 -- manager Buck Showalter said the team was comfortable with Eveland making his second start of the season on Saturday.

Against the Rays on May 11, Eveland allowed three runs on five hits and six walks in six innings on 95 pitches.

"Talking to him some yesterday, he'll probably be equipped to go somewhere close to 80 [pitches] is what he thinks," Showalter said. "We'll see if Cleveland has anything to say about that."

Eveland has been used in a long-relief role since the May 11 start, pitching to a 2.57 ERA in 21 innings over 10 appearances.

Right-hander Tommy Hunter, who has a 5.67 ERA through 13 starts and one relief appearance, was thought to be a candidate for Saturday's start, but will instead stay in the bullpen as a long reliever.

With lefties Wei-Yin Chen, Brian Matusz and now Eveland starting in the four-game series against Cleveland, Showalter said he would rather have a right-handed long-relief presence.

"Dana wouldn't play behind left-handed starters," Showalter said. "Tommy can handle that load. I hope we don't have to use him, but we need a long guy tonight. You always assume that you're going to need one. You better. And that can carry us over through the weekend, I hope."