BOSTON -- The contingency plan that Buck Showalter talked about following Wednesday night's 4-2 loss turned out to be Tyler Wilson and Gabriel Ynoa.Another wild Fenway affair saw the O's skipper having to reach to his bullpen early after the ejection of starter Kevin Gausman, and though Richard Bleier (4
BOSTON -- The contingency plan that Buck Showalter talked about following Wednesday night's 4-2 loss turned out to be Tyler Wilson and Gabriel Ynoa.
Another wild Fenway affair saw the O's skipper having to reach to his bullpen early after the ejection of starter Kevin Gausman, and though Richard Bleier (4 IP, 1 ER) and Ubaldo Jimenez (3 IP, 0 R) worked admirably under fire for Baltimore in relief, their appearances on Wednesday drastically changed the way both theirs and the team's Thursday would shake out.
"Sometimes you deal with things that are self-inflicted and your wear it," Showalter said. "And sometimes you deal with things that are byproducts of other things. You just have to deal with them."
Because of options, Bleier, who was just recalled Sunday, and Alec Asher, who had a quality start in opposition of Chris Sale on Tuesday, were reluctantly sent down to Triple-A Norfolk on Thursday.
"Such a frustrating thing is having to send [Bleier] and Asher out because of some of the decisions that were made last night," Showalter said. "Every club has to deal with it. It's so frustrating. I hate having those conversations with those two guys, because neither one of them deserved to have to go down."
Jimenez had been Thursday's scheduled starter for Baltimore, but his first regular-season relief appearance since last August made that improbable.
Wilson, who was 0-1 with a 5.14 ERA in two starts since being optioned to Norfolk back on April 19, flew into Boston on Wednesday night and slid into Jimenez's spot on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Ynoa (1-4, 6.65 ERA with Norfolk) arrived early on Thursday and was available out of the bullpen.
"I spent a lot of the day trying to figure out a better way to make room for them," Showalter said. "At the end of the day, there just wasn't one."
Over the last 11 days, the Orioles have had to shuffle through roster decisions on 10 different pitchers.
• Showalter said on Wednesday that right-hander Chris Tillman will reunite with the team in Baltimore on Friday for his regular work day. The club will then determine if it will reinstate him from disabled list. If so, Tillman, who has not pitched this season due to right shoulder inflammation, may slot in to start Sunday vs. the White Sox.
• Michael Bourn played nine innings in extended spring training on Thursday, with no ill effects to his broken ring finger. The outfielder, who broke the finger in Spring Training, is expected to "be getting out of [extended spring] shortly," according to Showalter.
Craig Forde is a contributor to MLB.com based in Boston.