BALTIMORE—The Orioles had 12 games remaining going into Tuesday night’s matchup against the Toronto Blue Jays. They used their 17th different starter, Chandler Shepherd.
Manager Brandon Hyde will use Dylan Bundy, John Means and Asher Wojciechowski twice each down the stretch.
“For the other guys, we’re playing it series-by-series.” Hyde said. “We’ll figure it out as one series ends and the next one begins.”
Bundy will pitch Wednesday, and it’s possible Aaron Brooks will pitch Thursday.
If Shepherd pitches well in his first start, perhaps he’ll get another.
“Had a couple of nice relief appearances for us,” Hyde said. “Been a starter in Triple-A. Give him an opportunity to start, and see what he can do.”
Gabriel Ynoa also could get an additional start or two.
Injury update: Mark Trumbo, who was scratched from Monday’s game in Detroit with a back strain, is doing better, Hyde said.
“Trumbo feels a lot better,” Hyde said. “He’s available to come off the bench to get a big hit tonight, if necessary.”
Renato Nunez, who was hit in the left hand by a pitch Monday, is day-to-day. Hyde said Nunez is sore.
No Hanhold: The Orioles claimed right-handed pitcher Eric Hanhold on waivers from the New York Mets Monday. However, Hanhold, a 25-year-old right-hander who pitched in three games for the Mets in 2018 but spent the entire season in the minors, won’t be joining the Orioles this season.
“We’re not going to bring him out here the last couple of weeks,” Hyde said. “Hopefully see him in spring training.”
To make room for Hanhold on the 40-man roster, the Orioles designated left-handed pitcher Ty Blach for assignment. Blach was 1-3 with an 11.32 ERA in five starts for the Orioles.
Britton joins Orioles: Bowie Baysox manager Buck Britton has joined the Orioles for the final 12 games. Norfolk Tides manager Gary Kendall was with the Orioles for the previous 11 games.
Britton and Kendall’s titles are guest coaches.
Hyde likes having the minor league managers on his staff.
“It was great spending a couple of weeks with Gary,” Hyde said. “And now we spend a couple of weeks with Buck. It’s something that I got to experience when I was managing in the minor leagues with the Marlins. They brought me in September.”
Britton’s Baysox made it to the Eastern League Championship Series, losing a best-of-five series, 3-1, to the Trenton Thunder.
“You can watch the game all you want on TV,” Hyde said. “Until you’re in the dugout and see the speed of the game up here and see how our coaching staff works … Today we’re having a pre-series meeting, and he’s going to be involved in that.
“All those types of things is just great experience and really valuable for Gary and for Buck and going into next year with an idea of how we do things up here. They’ll get a nice feel of what it’s like to be involved with the coaching staff in the big leagues and watching a big league baseball game in the dugout.”