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Orioles place Yovani Gallardo on disabled list, activate Brian Matusz

We've known the Orioles would activate Brian Matusz today for a while - but we didn't know Yovani Gallardo would be going on the disabled list to make room for him.

Since the beginning of the season, we've all been wondering who the Orioles would send down for Brian Matusz when the time came to activate the lefty reliever from the disabled list. As it turns out, no one, because an alternate solution presented itself. Yovani Gallardo, who pitched for only two innings in his Friday start before being removed with shoulder discomfort, lands on the disabled list to make room for Matusz.

The official diagnosis from the Orioles on Gallardo - or at least what they've stated as his injury to put him on the disabled list - is right shoulder bicep tendinitis. Sounds a little painful. Most baseball injuries do. An initial estimate of how long he might be on the DL hasn't been announced yet, and based on past history, whatever date they first announce will not be the date he returns.

O's manager Buck Showalter told O's reporters prior to Saturday's game against the Royals that Gallardo will have an MRI on the shoulder tomorrow. After that, they'll have some idea of the real extent of the injury.

This will put an end to Gallardo's streak of seven straight seasons of making at least 30 starts.

Deploy the Dan Duquette quote bot!

Sounds like Duquette alright, and he doesn't sound too pleased. Why would he? This was the "big" starting pitching signing, for whom the O's sacrificed their top draft choice, and now he's on the shelf for an unknown length of time after having lost, according to Fangraphs, three miles per hour off his fastball compared to last season.

In retrospect, it seems like the dreaded Orioles physical didn't fail Gallardo hard enough. The team and Gallardo renegotiated a contract after an initial three-year deal was torn up following a physical. They still signed him for two years with a third year option and still gave up the draft pick. So it goes.

This leaves the Orioles starting rotation in a bit of flux right now. However, with Kevin Gausman starting on Monday and Tyler Wilson starting tonight, perhaps the O's have already made their adjustments to the rotation. It appears that Vance Worley is headed to a long relief role for the time being. That's two starters out and two starters in. Maybe it will work.