The Baltimore Orioles have had their problems establishing a consistent starting rotation, and they're hoping rookie Miguel Gonzalez can help out as they open a four-game series against the Cleveland Indians on Friday night.
Gonzalez (1-1, 2.59 ERA) started the season as a relief pitcher, and after three solid appearances was called upon to fill a spot in the injury-ridden rotation.
Baltimore (48-44) has had nine pitchers start games this season.
"You can't panic," slugger Jim Thome told the team's official website. "You root for each other, you're there. That's really about it. You prepare every day. You have a positive attitude and believe in the fact that they are doing everything they can from an organizational end to put the best out there."
Gonzalez has pitched well in his two starts, posting a 2.84 ERA. He beat the Los Angeles Angels 3-2 on July 6 with seven innings of one-run ball before allowing three runs over 5 2-3 innings of a 4-0 loss to Detroit on Sunday.