“It’s probably going to be more of a reliever, probably a longer reliever,” manager Robin Ventura said. “We’re still going over it.”
Starters at Triple-A Charlotte who are on the 40-man roster include Andre Rienzo and Simon Castro. But there is a spot on the 40-man roster and Charlotte starters Zach Stewart and Jason Berken both have major-league experience.
One intriguing option could be right-hander Erik Johnson, who was just promoted to Charlotte and gave up one run over six innings in his Triple-A debut. At Double-A Birmingham this season he was 8-2 with a 2.23 ERA over 14 starts.
One thing Ventura was a little clearer on is that Jose Quintana and Hector Santiago will start in the two games, but Ventura doesn’t yet know who will start the first game and who will pitch in the nightcap.
Also unknown is what will happen to Brent Morel, who was called up Wednesday and started at third base with Conor Gillaspie leaving for the birth of his first child. Gillaspie is expected to be back for Friday’s doubleheader and Ventura was asked if Morel was in the team’s long-term plans.
“You don’t know,” Ventura said. “As of right now, it’s just while Conor is gone, but you never know what’s going to happen tomorrow.”