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O's prospect Gausman on DL in Minors

MINNEAPOLIS -- Orioles pitching prospect Kevin Gausman was placed on the Minor League disabled list on Friday with focal pneumonia, which was actually good news given that the original, mistaken diagnosis was a left intercostal strain.

Gausman, who has been sick and unable to shake a cough for a while, got an MRI exam on the area on Friday. Manager Buck Showalter said it showed that it was not a muscle issue as previously thought. Though it remains disappointing for the team, the O's now think Gausman -- placed on the seven-day DL retroactive to April 30 -- will not be out as long as anticipated.

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"It's nothing that would prevent him from pitching as soon as he feels better," Showalter said. "He's real drained. First time he thought he was having a stroke or a heart attack, his whole chest. So they went for an MRI today, and they thought there was a spot."

Gausman had been on a strict pitch count with Triple-A Norfolk and had not gone more than five innings in his first five starts. The 23-year-old had been really sick to start the season and also dealt with a blister on his pitching hand in another game. A lingering cough had caused his initial panic, and he would have been a candidate for the Orioles -- who added reliever Brad Brach on Friday -- had this not come up.

"We like where Gaus is right now," Showalter said. "Look at the positive side, it's another decrease of innings pitched. There's a silver lining to everything, right?"

The Orioles' top draft pick in 2012, Gausman is rated the O's No. 2 prospect behind Dylan Bundy by as well as the 37th-best prospect in baseball to start the season. He made his Major League debut in 2013, going 3-5 with a 5.66 ERA in 20 games, including five starts.

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

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