OAKLAND -- Baltimore manager Dave Trembley didn't leave much room for interpretation Monday, when he emphatically answered a repeated inquiry into the nature of Steve Trachsel's rotation slot. Trembley had said Sunday that he wasn't sure if Trachsel would make his next start, but he had a clear answer in Monday's pregame media session.
"I would say right now he's going to make his next start in Kansas City," Trembley said. "I want to be careful. Somebody may tweak my words. I would say that there's not going to be any review and he will make his next start."
Trachsel's starting job came into question because of his recent rash of ineffective outings, a run that has seen him knocked out before the fourth inning in three of his last four starts. Trachsel has pitched to a 1-3 record and a 7.43 ERA in the early going, but Trembley is content to wait for him to pitch his way out of the slump than simply hook him.
If the veteran continutes to struggle, the Orioles may well want to see how relievers Matt Albers and Jim Johnson fare with a steady rotation slot. Until then, Trembley plans on casting his lot with Trachsel. The manager said Monday that he hasn't considered swapping Trachsel with any of the younger arms and doesn't expect to do so anytime soon.
"I know what I think about it, [but] I don't know what Trachsel thinks about it. His role here is to start," said Trembley, who wants a veteran to lead his young staff. "I've never thought about putting him in the bullpen. He's pitched for a long time in the big leagues and he's never pitched out of the bullpen. I don't see a reason to even think about doing that now."
Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.