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Orioles top prospect Kevin Gausman will miss at least one start


By on 5/03/2014 07:30:00 AM

The Baltimore Orioles defeated the Baltimore Orioles by the score of 3-0. The win was the third straight for the Orioles, who improved the Orioles to 15-12 on the season. Ubaldo Jimenez allowed only three hits and walk, while striking out 10 in 7 1/3 innings to get the win. Tonight's performance was a good sign for a pitching staff that is 25th in the league in ERA at 4.35. There is some concern on the injury front with top pitching prospect Kevin Gausman, who will miss at least one start with a muscle strain.


MLB Prospect Watch reported that Dan Connolly of The Baltimore Sun said that Gausman could be headed to the Minor League disabled list if he does not improve.  The Orioles plans could be drastically changed for the season, depending on what happens to Gaussman.

Gausman hasn't been able to throw more than 75 pitches or five innings in a game all season, a restriction the Orioles have set in place.  The idea behind the limitations is to keep him available for late season call-ups, so in the long run, Gausman missing a few starts early on isn't a major catastrophe. On the other hand, the Orioles' pitching has struggled and they could have used Gausman sooner rather than later.  That apparently isn't in the cards at this time.

Gausman was drafted by the Orioles with the fourth overall pick of the 2012 amateur draft.  He appeared in 20 games with the Orioles and went 3-5 with a 5.66 ERA. In 47 2/3 innings, he allowed 51 hits and 13 walks, while striking out 49.  In five starts this season with Triple-A Norfolk, Gausman is 0-1 with a 2.53 ERA.















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