O's pencil in Trachsel to start Saturday
Veteran right-hander had been out of rotation for two weeks
NEW YORK -- Steve Trachsel has finally resurfaced in terms of Baltimore's rotation, as the Orioles officially ended the right-hander's two-week exile on Wednesday by clearly delineating his next start. Trachsel, who hasn't thrown in 12 days, will start again Saturday in the middle of Baltimore's three-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Trachsel will fall behind Jeremy Guthrie and in front of Daniel Cabrera, giving the Orioles three right-handers in a row.
"Our rotation for Tampa is Guthrie, Trachsel, Cabrera. I wanted to wait for Trachsel to throw a bullpen today," said Baltimore manager Dave Trembley before Wednesday's game against the Yankees. "It's going to be interesting to see him pitch, to see how his command is and how his control is. But hopefully he'll be all right. You know, he's pitched for a long time."
Trachsel, the elder statesman on Baltimore's staff, has struggled through his first seven starts. The right-hander has been knocked out before the end of the fourth inning three times, sinking the Orioles to some early deficits. The Orioles originally skipped him because of some off-days, and Trembley elected to keep the rest of the staff on turn.
"I'm trying to keep as many guys close to pitching on their regular turn as I possibly can," he said last week. "Until such a point where I can turn the rotation over and do that, I'm not going to mess with it. I think it's important for routine. ... With all due respect to Steve -- whom I have a great deal of respect for -- I'm not going to upset the apple cart for one guy."
Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.