After less than a year in the minors, right-hander Kevin Gausman is set to make his major league debut with the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday.
According to multiple media reports, the Orioles will promote the 22-year-old from Double-A Bowie and give him the start against the Blue Jays in the series opener at Toronto.
Gausman was the No. 4 overall draft pick in 2012 out of LSU. He made five starts in the low minors last year, going 0-1 with a 3.60 ERA. This year, he is 2-4 with a 3.11 ERA in eight starts for Bowie. He has struck out 49 and walked just five in 46 1/3 innings.
The Orioles had a vacancy in their rotation after left-hander Wei-Yin Chen went on the disabled list last week due to a strained right oblique. Jair Jurrjens made a start Saturday against Tampa Bay, and he allowed four runs in five innings.
Jurrjens was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk on Tuesday when right-hander Miguel Gonzalez came off the DL. Gonzalez wound up with a no-decision in the Orioles' 3-2, 10-inning win over the New York Yankees.