"We've done things to keep all our options open," manager Buck Showalter said, "so I think the next two days see how we come out of the bullpen. [We've] got some good options out of there if we want to go in that direction Saturday. It was only prudent to keep all our options open with Tommy."
The Orioles are currently employing a four-man rotation, and Saturday is the first day they need a fifth starter. Prior to Thursday's game, Showalter said relievers Dana Eveland and Miguel Gonzalez were also candidates, but Gonzalez pitched four innings Thursday in relief of struggling starter Brian Matusz.
"Miguel was an option, and obviously not after tonight," Showalter said. "We may need Eveland [on Friday]. We'll see."
Eveland last pitched Sunday against Tampa Bay and will be the team's long man, if necessary, for Friday's series opener against the Philadelphia Phillies. Right-hander Jake Arrieta, who is 0-5 with a 7.96 ERA in his last six outings, is starting that game.
Hunter is 2-3 with a 5.59 ERA in 10 starts for the Orioles and has made one start at Triple-A Norfolk. Eveland went 3-2 with a 2.21 ERA in six starts for Triple-A.