The Orioles added to their expanded roster Tuesday by activating left-hander T.J. McFarland and catcher Steve Clevenger from short-season Single-A Aberdeen -- they were there since Sunday for roster management reasons -- and right-hander Ryan Webb and outfielder Quintin Berry from Triple-A Norfolk.
Webb had been with the Orioles all season, but he was sent down to Norfolk on Aug. 1 because the club needed to make room for newly acquired left-hander Andrew Miller. Webb was solid for the Orioles -- 3-2, 3.80 ERA in 42 games before the demotion -- but he had a minor league option remaining, making him the temporary odd man out.
“It was a surprise. Obviously, I didn't think that was going to happen,” Webb said. “There’s just so many good guys here. It’s a good problem for them to have. So you sit back and kind of understand it. You go down there and try to keep yourself in shape to come back and help them the rest of the year -- which is what I did.”
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Webb, 28, was 0-2 with a 4.76 ERA in 11 games for the Tides. Seven of his 11 appearances were scoreless, but he had one rough outing in which he allowed three earned runs in 1 1/3 innings. Orioles manager Buck Showalter said earlier this week that Webb had been dealing with some shoulder tightness, but Webb said he is completely healthy. He threw a side session in Aberdeen on Monday.
“Ryan’s a big league pitcher,” Showalter said. “We don’t think any different of him than the day we signed him, so I’m just excited to get him back. We knew it was just a matter of time.”