The Orioles hate you, and also Kevin Gausman, so they have once again optioned him to the minor leagues in order to bring up another reliever into the bullpen. This time, they've managed to bring up someone so obscure that the beat writers don't even know his first name:
Reliever Depaula called up from AA Bowie— Roch Kubatko (@masnRoch) July 7, 2014
Well, maybe his first name is Reliever. That would be something.
Actually, it's Julio DePaula, who has been pitching with the Bowie Baysox for the last week or so. The Orioles signed him from the Independent League before that. That York Revolution connection always pays off, or something.
DePaula is a 31 year old righty reliever who got a cup of coffee with the Twins all the way back in 2007. Since 2010, he's bounced from Korea to Mexico to the Independent League. The Orioles signed him off of that scrap heap and he pitched 6.1 scoreless innings across three games for the Baysox before getting this callup.
His stay may be brief, much like the stay of Ramon Ramirez. Bud Norris will be activated from the disabled list to start Tuesday's game.
This time, the Orioles optioned Gausman to Triple-A Norfolk. He'll probably remain there while his ten days count out - the All-Star Break will help speed them along. Most likely, the O's will throw him in another abbreviated start and screw around with any attempt he might have to establish a routine, because that's what they've done every other time this year, so why change now?
This is the move being made for the sake of roster flexibility, but maybe the top pitching prospect who is perfoming well at the big league level is not the guy who should keep getting kicked around the levels of the minors for the sake of papering over the bullpen for a few games. Is it really worth yanking his chain to get one day of some random reliever on the roster? Apparently, to Dan Duquette, the answer is yes.