"I've just been doing it because I talked to Dom about whatever you warm up doing, that's what you continue to do," Gausman said. "I've been coming in with guys on base, so I've been going out of the stretch. Throwing from the windup, my only time doing it before in the game was my warmups, so that's why I did it. Probably my last outing was the first time I did it. It's pretty comfortable, but I definitely need to keep doing it out of the windup just to be ready if I do start one day or if they need a spot starter. Just one of those things you can't just stop doing."
Gausman went two scoreless innings in his most recent appearance without giving up a run, making it his first scoreless appearance of the season.
"It was good," he said. "Obviously, I've given up some home runs in some bad situations, but other than that I feel like I've been pitching well, so to finally have the results to go with it was definitely nice."
Gausman indicated he's stretched out enough to transition to starter when needed.
"I think I still probably could," he said. "I would probably need one or two bullpens, and then maybe one extended start. But physically it's really not that big of a difference just because I started the whole spring and I've done it most of my career."
Gausman has posted a 6.75 ERA and 6:5 K:BB ratio in eight innings out of the bullpen.
Jimenez did not allow a run in 3 2/3 innings, striking out two and walking three.
"It was my first one. I was shocked," Jimenez said. '"He's a good hitter and I'm trying to go inside."
Jimenez's next scheduled start is Wednesday in Toronto.
"I just think it's a different look," said Gausman, who estimated he threw 15 curveballs in 2 1/3 innings Tuesday against the Rays. "I think it is a little bit tighter spin than my slider. It definitely changes eye levels (for the hitter). Watching Tilly (Chris Tillman) what he does every fifth day. He is a big curveball guy with some high elevated fastballs and he's made a living doing that. One thing I can do is elevate my fastball, so it is one of those pitches that kind of feeds off of that."
While some fans would like to see Gausman in the rotation, he understands why he is in the bullpen for the time being.
"Kind of same thing last year when I thought I might have a chance to make the team and we signed Ubaldo (Jimenez)," he said. "We have six guys for five spots and one is going somewhere.
"I'm still very young and early on in my career where you know I can do different things. I've pitched out of the bullpen enough now to know I can do it successfully and it's not that big of a change for me."
Gausman allowed two runs on one hit with four strikeouts and two walks in his appearance. Manager Buck Showalter was most impressed by Gausman working out of a jam when he first came into the game, reports MLB.com.
"I think some of the situations he was in last year, it all plays into it," manager Buck Showalter said of Gausman performing well in a relief role. "He's been exposed to a lot of things like that and it will play well.
"He was capable of throwing 70 pitches tonight, but I want him to take two days [off] and be back for us [on] Friday."
Gausman, who lost out on the fifth spot in Baltimore's starting rotation, was happy to be back on the mound.
"I think last time I pitched was last Tuesday. I definitely had my rest," Gausman said. "I felt good. Also adrenaline, [the] first game out had something to do with it."
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