Orioles right-hander Miguel Gonzalez will make his first start since returning from the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday night against the Rays.
Gonzalez strained his right oblique muscle in his outing on May 30, when he surrendered two earned runs on five hits over 6 2/3 innings in an eventual 2-1 loss to the Astros. Though an MRI showed no serious injury, the Orioles decided to take no risks and allow the right-hander to rest and rehabilitate, avoiding further injury.
Gonzalez threw two bullpen sessions, including one on Sunday, and feels confident about returning to the mound. In his three starts before heading to the DL, Gonzalez went 2-1 and lowered his ERA from 4.76 to 4.17. On the season, he sports a 3-4 record with 50 strikeouts.
"Guys talk to me about it all the time, they want me to go out there and perform," Gonzalez said. "We are here to help out each other and get better as a team. That's what we've been doing the past couple weeks and it's been paying off. It's exciting."
Gonzalez will square off against Rays right-hander Erik Bedard, who has struggled to go deep into games recently, taxing the bullpen. Bedard has completed six innings in just one of his past six starts, though he hasn't surrendered more than three earned runs in five of those outings. He is 3-4 with a 3.83 ERA in 2014.
"Even in his perceived 'bad' games, I don't think he's thrown the ball any differently than in his perceived 'good' games," manager Joe Maddon said. "He's been kind of consistent for me. The trick would be to get him five, into six, hopefully. And if we do that, then the bullpen's in pretty good shape."
Orioles: Wieters to have Tommy John
Orioles catcher Matt Wieters last played on May 10 and last caught on May 4 because of elbow discomfort. Despite trying a throwing progression for five weeks, the team officially announced Monday that the 28-year-old All Star would undergo Tommy John surgery, ending his season.
Dr. James Andrews will perform the procedure, and a nine-month recovery time is expected. Wieters was batting .308 with five home runs and 18 RBIs before his injury.
"You always try to go down the other avenue as much as you can, but we reached a point where we felt like he was going to have to eventually go ahead and have it," manager Buck Showalter said.
Rays: Escobar, Maddon move on after talk on hustle
In the fourth inning of the Rays' one-run victory over the Astros on Sunday, shortstop Yunel Escobar hit an RBI double to left-center field that went under the glove of center fielder Dexter Fowler and rolled to the wall. However, manager Joe Maddon -- who has never tolerated a lack of hustle -- thought Escobar should have been on third base.
Maddon had a conversation with Escobar during Monday's early batting practice, and said he doesn't expect another situation like that to occur again. Escobar was back in the lineup Monday night for the series-opening win over the Orioles and homered in the first inning.
"I don't want to have one incident like that fester at all -- with him or with anybody else," Maddon said. "So for me, it's a moot point, it's a dead issue, we're moving along."
• Injured Rays right-hander Jeremy Hellickson will make his third rehab start on Tuesday for Triple-A Durham. Maddon said Monday that the Rays had not yet determined whether Hellickson would need a fourth start before rejoining the big league club.
Daniel Popper is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.