Everything kind of got put the backburner with all the late-game fireworks, but as of last night, the Orioles were planning on selecting the contract of veteran left-hander Mark Hendrickson from Triple-A Norfolk. We’ll find out soon if that plan has changed.
(Update: It hasn't. Hendrickson is on way to Boston as we speak).
Hendrickson is 2-4 with a 2.87 ERA in 19 appearances for the Tides. He’s not allowed an earned run in seven of his past eight outings.
The 37-year-old pitched in 105 games with the Orioles over the previous two seasons before spending this year with Norfolk after failing to make the club out of spring training.
Even with the Orioles currently carrying an eight-man bullpen, they are still pretty short down there after Zach Britton just got two outs last night and Jake Arrieta didn’t make it through five complete the night before.
Brad Bergesen was nailed in the right forearm by a David Ortiz comebacker so his availability will obviously be in question. Chris Jakubauskas has pitched on back-to-back days so you’d think he won’t factor in the equation. Pedro Viola has essentially pitched on back-to-back days as well though he didn’t actually throw a pitch in last night’s game. He did go through the full warm-up to get ready.
Hendrickson and Jason Berken could serve as the two long men and one of them will probably be needed as Simon has not pitched more than 4 2/3 innings in the big leagues this season. Jeremy Guthrie will then go down to the bullpen on Sunday to provide an extra arm.
The Orioles have space on their 40-man roster available so selecting Hendrickson’s contract should be a rather easy move. I’m not going to speculate on a corresponding move, but the Orioles do have some options, and some of the decision may depend on Bergesen’s availability as well.