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With six starters, some may work out of 'pen

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BALTIMORE -- Miguel Gonzalez and Kevin Gausman remain scheduled to start Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively, for the Orioles against Tampa Bay.

So where does that leave Ubaldo Jimenez, who wouldn't pitch until Friday at the earliest? Manager Buck Showalter said prior to Sunday's game that Jimenez could be in the bullpen if needed, and said the club's current six-starter situation will be resolved in the next few days.

"Anybody, not just Ubaldo [can be in the 'pen], if there's a need," said Showalter, who would activate Gonzalez off the disabled list earlier if he uses two long relievers on Sunday. "[Jimenez is] capable of doing that because he has the rest. We also like to think he'll benefit from two work days. He's had an extended work day, but you never know what's going to happen."

The Orioles have an off-day on Thursday and also have the pending suspension of Manny Machado, who is hoping to have his five-game sentence lessened after appeal. Baltimore could send down a starter to clear a roster spot for an extra infielder depending on when Machado serves his suspension. And, as Showalter pointed out, they have sent down starters in the past who have pitched well. Gausman, Gonzalez, Bud Norris and Wei-Yin Chen all have options remaining.

"Are you going to rotate a certain guy in and out with the potential of being a long reliever on the one day that would fit for these guys? Depends on who they are," Showalter said. "We got a couple guys who would not take to it, I don't think would be good candidates for long relief. The other guys would probably be OK doing it.

"See after the off-day. We can always make another move."

Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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