Orioles manager Buck Showalter is not ready to proclaim a change at the closers spot in the bullpen.
On Wednesday the Orioles were up 4-2 and while Johnson began to stretch the Orioles never called upon him to enter the game. Instead Showalter allowed Darren O’Day, Brian Matusz and Tommy Hunter to close out the ninth.
“I could have pushed it,” Showalter said. “He had been up two or three days in a row and pitched last night. He’s like second or third in appearances and I was trying real hard to stay away from him. Wei-Yin (Chen) went so deep in the game. Darren had two days off. Tommy was good for one up and in.
The question immediately became whether or not there was a deeper issue at hand.
“Oh, sure, you can read it,” Showalter said, via MASN. “We’ve got 30-something games. We’re going to put our best foot forward every night. Jimmy’s our best option, one of them. I’m glad we’ve got more than one good option. We’ve got a lot of good options and we’ll continue to make use of th