Orioles pitching prospect Kevin Gausman was placed on the Minor League disabled list on Friday with focal pneumonia, which is actually good news given that the original diagnosis was a left intercostal strain.
Gausman, who has been sick and unable to shake a cough for a while, got an MRI on the area on Friday and manager Buck Showalter said it showed that it was not a muscle issue. Obviously it’s still disappointing, but the O’s feel like Gausman —placed on the seven-day DL retroactive to April 30— won’t be out as long as they had thought.
Gausman had been on a strict pitch count with Triple-A Norfolk and hadn’t gone more than five innings in his first five starts. The 23-year-old had been really sick to start the season and also dealt with a blister on his pitching hand in another game.
Gausman, the Orioles top draft pick in ’12…
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