After Miguel Gonzalez left his Tuesday start early due to a right groin strain, you could kind of guess that the Orioles would probably soon be putting him on the disabled list. Yesterday, Buck Showalter indicated that Gonzalez would not make his next start, making a DL trip even more inevitable. Thursday afternoon, the Orioles made the move, placing Gonzalez on the disabled list. Mike Wright was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk to fill the open spot.
This is the simplest move for the Orioles to make in the current situation. Placing Gonzalez on the disabled list allows them to bring back Wright instead of having to wait the 10 days. Wright can go in the bullpen as insurance for the next three games, which also happens to be the last three games that Brian Matusz will be suspended.
If they need Wright, they can use him. If they don't need him, he can take Gonzalez's turn in the rotation on Sunday. If Wright is used and can't start on Sunday, the O's would probably then option Wright and bring up Tyler Wilson for the start.
Every injury is different, but groin strains seem to be some of the shortest-term DL injuries, at least as long as they heal right with the initial rest. Ryan Flaherty landed on the DL with a groin issue earlier in the year, returned for a brief time, then was back on the DL when it turned out that it wasn't all the way healed after all. He's looked fine since he came back the latest time, though. Hopefully Gonzalez will get back soon. The Orioles need every consistent starting pitcher they can get.