May 1, 2014; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Orioles catcher Steve Clevenger (45) congratulates pitcher Tommy Hunter (29) after a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The Orioles defeated the Pirates 5-1. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports

Orioles' manager Showalter to give closer Tommy Hunter a rest


Baltimore Orioles closer Tommy Hunter won’t likely be taking the mound on Saturday afternoon, even if the need for save arises.

Hunter was used in both games of Thursday’s doubleheader against the Pittsburgh Pirates, collecting a win in the Orioles 6-5 win in Game 1, and then his eight save in the 5-1 win in Game 2.

After going in both games and throwing 40 pitches over a span of 30 hours (including 26 pitches in Game 2 alone), manager Buck Showalter will likely turn to someone else on Saturday, and will give Hunter the day off, according to the Baltimore Sun.

If a save situation arises in Saturday’s game against the Minnesota Twins, Showalter will likely use reliever Darren O’Day, who has five career saves, including one this season.

Hunter is off to a great start in his first season as the Orioles’ closer, registering eight saves in as nine opportunities, with a 2.53 ERA, a 1.22 WHIP and 10 strikeouts through the first month.

 

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