BALTIMORE -- Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman, the team's top prospect, will have his next scheduled start in Triple-A Norfolk skipped with minor arm soreness.
"He's not happy about not pitching, but just had a little soreness," O's manager Buck Showalter said of the 22-year-old. "Probably be the last time he ever tells about it. That's usually how it goes. They don't seem alarmed about it. There was some give and take about whether they were even going to do it. Plus, we've got six starters down there."
Gausman is 0-2 with a 5.20 ERA in six games (five starts) for Norfolk and pitched five innings on Aug. 8, allowing two runs on four hits and two walks to Gwinnett. He went 1-3 with a 6.21 ERA in nine games (five starts) for the Orioles, having two separate stints with the big league club, first as part of the rotation and then the bullpen.
Assuming he's healthy, Gausman -- who has logged a total of 107 1/3 innings -- figures to be a September callup that could help Baltimore down the stretch.
"I just hope we have the innings there," Showalter said of keeping a close eye on Gausman's innings limit and the potential boost he'd provide to the big league club.
"When you look at guys like him and all those guys down there, we'd like to play until the end of October, so you look at it in that capacity so that everybody's available to us if there's a need. So far, everybody down there is at an inning count, starters and relievers, where they would be able to pitch for us through October if needed."
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