Outlook: Gausman has upside, needs to limit homers

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles made two expected moves before Saturday's game, recalling right-hander Kevin Gausman from Triple-A Norfolk and optioning left-hander Tim Berry back to Double-A Bowie.

Gausman started Saturday's game, a move the Orioles made due to the injury to Miguel Gonzalez that landed the right-hander on the disabled list on Friday. In 10 starts with Norfolk this season, Gausman has a 2.98 ERA. He was the team's top pick in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft.

Berry wound up being with the club for just one day. He has a 3-3 record with a 4.12 ERA in 11 starts for Bowie.

He didn't get into Friday's game, but certainly enjoyed being with the team, even if it was just for one day. Berry scrambled to get to Baltimore from Maine in time for Friday's game and watched from the bullpen.

"It was just unbelievable," Berry said before being sent out Saturday. "I was trying to stay ready at all times. I was just enjoying the game from the 'pen and it was a really cool experience."

Hunter could return to Orioles on Sunday

Duquette on Hunter being placed on the disabled list

BALTIMORE -- Tommy Hunter threw a scoreless inning for Lower Class A Delmarva on a rehab assignment Saturday night, and the reliever could be back with the Orioles on Sunday.

Hunter, who has been on the disabled list since May 22 with a groin strain, pitched the second inning against Lakewood and had two strikeouts and a hit batsman. He threw 11 pitches, eight for strikes. He has a 1-1 record with a 6.06 ERA this season.

The right-hander began the season as the team's closer, but appears to have lost the job to Zach Britton after blowing three saves. Hunter has 11 saves and pitched well at times, but struggled in recent late-game appearances.

Gonzalez to throw bullpen session soon

BAL@HOU: Gonzalez holds Astros to two over 6 2/3

BALTIMORE -- Right-hander Miguel Gonzalez, placed on the disabled list Friday, is preparing to throw a bullpen session in the next day or two.

Gonzalez is on the DL with a right oblique strain, but he said Saturday that he will throw a bullpen session on Sunday or Monday.

In addition, Gonzalez said he understood and agreed with the team's decision to place on the DL due to the problems with the oblique.

"It gives me more time to recover and be 100 percent for the next time I go out there," Gonzalez said. "We don't want to rush. Obliques, you've got to take care of it and make sure it's 100 percent."

Gonzalez has been in the starting rotation for parts of three seasons and has a 3-4 record with a 4.17 ERA this year.

Worth noting

• Catcher Matt Wieters, on the DL with a sore elbow, threw again on Saturday, but manager Buck Showalter didn't make too much of it. "Nothing really new there," Showalter said.

• Entering Saturday, The Orioles were tops in the Major Leagues with a .290 batting average with runners in scoring position. According to STATS Inc., the Orioles never have led the American League in this category for an entire season, finishing second four times.

J.J. Hardy is still looking for his first homer this season. He's gone 74 games and 289 at-bats without one entering Saturday, the last coming on Sept. 6, 2013. It's the longest such drought of his career.