Orioles starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie was hospitalized on Monday with what Buck Showalter called “a form of pneumonia.” Showalter told the media in his post game press conference following the Orioles 5-1 win in their home opener that Guthrie will miss at least five to seven games. “”We will see whether he is available on 10th or not,” Showalter told the media. “We’ll see. Just another challenge for us.”
A challenge indeed. The Orioles have four wins in four games, three of their starters have “W’s” and they’ve already seen their number one and two pitchers go down. Obviously, Brian Matusz’s injury will keep him out of the rotation for a bit longer than Guthrie is anticipated to miss, but it’s still a huge loss following his stellar performance against Tampa Bay.
Just as Zach Britton filled the void for Matusz, Brad Bergesen will replace Guthrie. Bergesen was placed in the bullpen by the club until they needed a fifth starter, which looked like it wouldn’t have been until Sunday against the Texas Rangers. Instead the O’s continue to roll with the punches.