O's upcoming rotation starting to take shape

O's upcoming rotation starting to take shape

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles' rotation for the week is slowly starting to take shape, with manager Buck Showalter saying prior to Sunday's game that Chris Tillman will start Wednesday, and he's leaning toward Wei-Yin Chen for Thursday.

The O's optioned Kevin Gausman on Friday for him to finish out his 10-day assignment in the Minors, and he could come up as early as Tuesday. But now that the Orioles have set Wednesday's starter -- and won't use Gausman on short rest Tuesday -- he could wait in the Minors a little longer, especially with the team set to play a man down because of Manny Machado's suspension.

Showalter said his "educated" guess was that the decision on Machado's appeal for his June 8 bat-throwing incident would come shortly and a suspension could kick into effect as early as Monday.

If the O's stay on turn and use Chen on Thursday, they could also get by with their current group of starters and not need Gausman at all, if starter Bud Norris is activated from the disabled list when he's eligible on July 7. Norris is on the DL with a groin injury, and the team will know more about his timetable when he takes a work day early next week.

Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.