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Showalter likely to turn to bullpen for Tuesday start

Showalter likely to turn to bullpen for Tuesday start

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Showalter likely to turn to bullpen for Tuesday start
BALTIMORE -- With left-hander Zach Britton missing at least one start after being placed on the 15-day disabled list on Friday, the Orioles must decide who will take the mound on Tuesday against the White Sox.

Newly acquired southpaw Jo-Jo Reyes, who went 5-8 in 20 starts for the Blue Jays this season, is a likely candidate to make the spot start. Reyes has not faced Chicago this year and lasted just 4 1/3 innings at Texas in his most recent start, when he was still with Toronto. He is currently being used in a relief role for Baltimore.

"We'll see how we come out of the bullpen [on Saturday]," said manager Buck Showalter. "I'd like to get Jo-Jo back out there [Saturday night], if I can. He needs to pitch, but he's been stretched out pretty good with the exception of the last period of time. We'll see."

Unless the Orioles place another player on the disabled list, they will not be able to bring up hurlers like Pedro Viola or Mark Hendrickson, who were sent down and have yet to wait out the 10-day window that must pass before being called back up. However, Rick VandenHurk, who is currently with Triple-A Norfolk, is an option that Showalter did not rule out.

But for now, Showalter said he is leaning towards using a bullpen pitcher in place of Britton.

"That would be a fair call," Showalter said. "I'd lean that way, but stay tuned."

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