Showalter reveals most of rotation; cuts; Orioles exchange Rule 5 picks
Orioles manager Buck Showalter held court for about 12 minutes, answering some lingering questions about the Opening Day roster.
As expected, Showalter said that Jeremy Guthrie will pitch the opener for the Orioles against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field and Brian Matusz will start in Game Two of the season. Jake Arrieta is secured a spot in the rotation, and he'll likely start the home opener against the Detroit Tigers.
The Orioles will begin the season with a four-man rotation. The final spot, according to Showalter, is between Brad Bergesen, Chris Tillman, Zach Britton and Ryan Drese. Bergesen and Tillman are the front runners because of Britton's contract situation. The Orioles won't need a fifth starter until April 10.
Showalter said that Justin Duchscherer will start the season on the disabled list, but if all goes well, he could rejoin the club on April 21.
The cuts today include Mike Ballard, Chris Jakubauskas, Alberto Castillo, Chris George, Michel Hernandez and Josh Bell. Rule 5 pick Adrian Rosario cleared waivers and was returned to the Milwaukee Brewers. The Brewers returned their Rule 5 pick, reliever Pat Egan, back to the Orioles. The Orioles will reveal a couple of more cuts closer to tonight's first pitch.
Tillman and Guthrie will start the split-squad games Sunday. On Monday, Matusz will pitch in a Triple-A game while Britton will start at Ed Smith against the Detroit Tigers.
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