Tillman scratched; illness not considered serious

Tillman scratched; illness not considered serious

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Orioles Opening Day starter Chris Tillman, dealing with a minor illness, was replaced by Miguel Gonzalez as the team's starting pitcher in Friday's Grapefruit League game against the Braves.

Tillman, who did not report to the facilities Friday morning, will likely pitch within the next couple of days, depending on when he feels better. Manager Buck Showalter, who said the club is hoping it's just a "24-hour thing", said Tillman's schedule will still be centered around pitching five days before the season opener and then taking the ball on Opening Day.

"He's still going to pitch five days from Opening Day, that'll be the priority," Showalter said. "If he just takes a couple strong work days then makes that start -- he had five innings his last time out -- he'll be fine."

As for Gonzalez, the righty had been slated to throw in a Triple-A game Friday, but he instead got the call against the Braves after the O's received word of Tillman's illness.

Going forward, the Orioles' current plan is to start Ubaldo Jimenez on Saturday against the Rays, Kevin Gausman on Sunday against the Pirates and Brian Matusz on Monday against the Red Sox.

Paul Casella is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @paul_casella. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.