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Gausman joins Orioles' rotation at Gonzalez's expense

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BALTIMORE -- With the first-place Baltimore Orioles in the midst of a three-game losing streak, the rotation is undergoing adjustments.

Manager Buck Showalter said Tuesday that right-hander Kevin Gausman would be called up to make his first major league start (and appearance) of the season Wednesday against the Detroit Tigers and right-hander Justin Verlander.

Miguel Gonzalez leaves the rotation and goes into the bullpen beginning Wednesday. Wei-Yin Chen was pushed back, and he will start the first game in Kansas City on Thursday.

The Orioles have Chris Tillman and Bud Norris listed as starters for the next two games after that. Showalter said, however, the team wants to see how Tillman's sore groin reacts after a side session. The Orioles also need to see if Norris gets any punishment after Monday's incident involving Tigers right fielder Torii Hunter.

Showalter said he still sees Gonzalez as a starter, that the organization is just moving him around in a busy situation. The skipper also didn't want to say much about long-term plans regarding Gausman's stay in the rotation.

"I want to wait and see how everything goes," he said. "I'm not going to commit one way or the other. It's just kind of where we are, and we felt like the adjustment was something ... we had the flexibility to do, and we'll see how it shakes out."
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