Samuel waits to make call on Saturday starter

Samuel waits to make call on Saturday starter

ARLINGTON -- Orioles interim manager Juan Samuel said he still hasn't decided on his starter for Saturday's game against the Rangers, but says a decision could be looming.

"Right now, we are leaning toward bringing somebody up," Samuel said. "We are probably going to make the change [Friday]."

Samuel said he was leaning toward left-handed reliever Mark Hendrickson, but realizes the potent lineup of the Rangers might not permit that. The logical choice seems to be Triple-A right-hander Chris Tillman.

Tillman is 3-0 with a 1.66 ERA since he was optioned by the Orioles. During his time in Baltimore, he was 0-8 with a 8.40 ERA in four starts.

"It was a possibility that we were going to think about Hendrickson, but we would like to keep the bullpen the way it is," Samuel said. "We have four games here, and this is a very good offensive club. We need all the arms we could use. We are leaning toward making that decision [Friday]."

Hendrickson became even less likely to start after entering Thursday's game against the Rangers in relief. He pitched a scoreless inning, walking one while striking out another. He got the O's out of a bases loaded situation in the fifth with a lineout to short, which may have been the different in the Orioles' 6-4 victory.

"We know that things could change overnight with these games," Samuel said. "We'll see how this game goes [Thursday], and then it will be easier to make once we play."