Baltimore Orioles interim manager Sam Perlozzo said the team plans to recall Hayden Penn to start Thursday's series finale in Toronto.
Penn, the Orioles' 2004 minor league pitcher of the year, has gone 7-6 with a 3.83 ERA at Class AA Bowie this season. In his last five starts, the 20-year-old right-hander is 3-1 with a 1.96 ERA and 44 strikeouts in 32 innings.
"The last several starts have been good," Perlozzo said. "He's been striking out a lot of people and going deep into the game."
This will be Penn's second trip to the majors. After making his major league debut on May 28, Penn went 2-2 with a 6.75 ERA in seven starts before returning to Bowie.
"I thought his command wasn't as good as we would've liked to have seen it," Perlozzo said. "But his stuff was good."
Penn will take Eric DuBose's spot in the rotation. DuBose has failed to get out of the third inning of each of his past two starts. Perlozzo said he will use DuBose in long relief.
Cabrera May Be Close
Perlozzo also said Daniel Cabrera, who has been on the disabled list retroactive to Aug. 17 with a lower back strain, will make a rehabilitation start on Wednesday at Bowie. If all goes well, Cabrera will return to the Orioles' rotation on Sept. 6, at home against Toronto.
"I think I'll be ready for that," Cabrera said. "I don't feel any more pain."
Cabrera will be pitching to Geronimo Gil at Bowie. Gil, who has been on the disabled list since July 3 with a sprained left thumb, will start a three-game rehabilitation assignment there Tuesday. If he hits and catches without pain, Gil will rejoin the Orioles on Friday in Boston.