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Orioles | Kevin Gausman ready for call-up?

Baltimore Orioles SP Kevin Gausman has 29 strikeouts and just one walk while pitching 28 2/3 innings with Class AA this year. SP Freddy Garcia will start against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Saturday, May 4, but Gausman may be ready to come up to the majors before long. Garcia is 4-0 with a 2.67 ERA at Triple-A Norfolk and can opt out of his contract if he's not in the majors by May 15. SP Jair Jurrjens, who is 2-1 with a 2.64 ERA at Norfolk, could also be in front of Gausman. Jurrjens can opt out June 15. The Orioles may want to keep Gausman in the minors until June to prevent him reaching Super 2 status and gaining an extra year of arbitration. Gausman is 1-3 with a 3.77 ERA, but he's allowing more than a hit per inning.

Fantasy Tip: As Rosenthal discusses, don't expect the O's to recall Gausman anytime before June, after they've exhausted their other options to fill the No. 5 rotation spot. He'll likely need to move up to Class AAA before he makes the jump to the bigs, too. However, with Dylan Bundy (forearm) injured, Gausman's timetable for his major league debut was likely cut drastically. Keeper leaguers and owners in deep AL leagues should have your ears perked up.

2013-05-01 15:54:48 | Source: - Ken Rosenthal

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