By Alejandro Zuniga
The Baltimore Sun
7:14 PM EDT, June 9, 2014
Before Monday’s game, the Orioles purchased the contract of right-hander Josh Stinson from Triple-A Norfolk to bolster a bullpen that was depleted after right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez’s short outing Sunday against the Oakland Athletics.
To make room for Stinson, the club optioned right-hander Brad Brach to the Tides. Brach threw 58 pitches in two innings Sunday and has a 5.40 ERA in 10 games for the Orioles this season.
The Orioles transferred left-hander Johan Santana, who tore his left Achilles tendon on Friday, to the 60-day disabled list to clear space for Stinson on the 40-man roster.
Stinson, a long reliever, started the season with the Orioles and compiled a 7.15 ERA in seven games. He walked three batters and didn’t give up any hits in 1 1/3 scoreless innings April 27 in his last appearance in the majors. The Orioles outrighted Stinson to Norfolk on May 1.
In nine games for Norfolk this year, Stinson is 0-3 with a 5.19 ERA.
Tillman on his inconsistency
Like most of the Orioles’ starting rotation, right-hander Chris Tillman has struggled with consistency this season.
In two of his last four starts, Tillman has failed to record an out in the second inning. But in other games, like a shutout of the Kansas City Royals on May 16, he has demonstrated the talent that led the Orioles to name him as their Opening Day starter.
Tillman, who is scheduled to start Tuesday against the Boston Red Sox, believes the entire pitching staff is poised for a turnaround despite an American League East-worst 4.28 ERA heading into Monday’s game.
“As a group, we need to get on a roll here,” Tillman said Monday. “I think our good baseball is ahead of us.”
Tillman entered the year with pressure to match his 16 wins and All-Star appearance from last season. He has allowed five runs or more in four of his 13 starts this season, including three of his past four, but he said he doesn’t feel like a different pitcher than he did in 2013.
“I figured out a lot of stuff last year, and I should’ve been able to run with that,” Tillman said. “I know I can [replicate last season’s success]. It’s right there for me. I think we’re going to get to some of that soon.”
Around the horn
Norfolk catcher Steve Clevenger was named the International League's Offensive Player of the Week. He went 16-for-27 (.593) with seven doubles and 13 RBIs during the week. … The Orioles set up a clubhouse locker for Nolan Reimold on Monday. The outfielder, who began the season on the 60-day disabled list with a neck injury, will start a rehab assignment at Double-A Bowie today. … Right-hander Miguel Gonzalez threw a 25-pitch bullpen session Monday and could make a minor league rehab start Wednesday or Thursday or throw another bullpen session before making a rehab start. … Short-season Single-A Aberdeen announced its break-camp roster Monday. Catcher Alex Murphy, a Calvert Hall graduate, is among the 25 players listed. The IronBirds open their season Friday on the road at Hudson Valley. … Showalter commented on Johnny Manziel, who was selected with the 837th pick of last week's first-year player draft by the San Diego Padres. Showalter's son, Nathan, is a Padres scout and announced Manziel's name. “Can you imagine him in a rundown?” Showalter asked about Manziel. “It would take you a couple of hours to get him out.”
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