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Gausman back from Minors for 2nd start

Right-hander opened season in big league bullpen

BALTIMORE -- Orioles pitcher Kevin Gausman was back in the Major League clubhouse on Wednesday afternoon, preparing for Thursday's start in what has been an unusual few weeks.

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"It's been kind of challenging, but it's all part of the process and trying to get my innings up," said Gausman, who came up to make his first start on June 20 in Toronto, only to be optioned back to Triple-A Norflok once again.

Gausman, who made the Opening Day roster out of the bullpen, has been on a shuttle all season, though the Orioles have said the plan is to keep him as a starter. Baltimore, which is second in the Majors in roster moves made, needed a spot starter Thursday after Saturday's postponement pushed Chris Tillman back a day.

The Orioles formally recalled Gausman on Thursday, optioning right-hander Tyler Wilson to Triple-A Norfolk.

"I originally thought I might have pitched one of the games of the doubleheader [Sunday], especially when I got scratched [in Triple-A] on Friday," said Gausman, who instead pitched three innings for Norfolk on Sunday. "After that, I didn't really know. We have a lot of guys pitching well down there, that's the luxury we do have. We have multiple guys that are options for a spot starter. You are just hoping they pick your name."

Because he's going on one fewer day of rest, Gausman said he threw a light bullpen on Tuesday, which was more of a "touch and feel" session. This will be his second start for the O's this season and there's a chance Gausman gets optioned back after the game, though manager Buck Showalter said that will depend on what else happens over the next day or two.

Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.
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