Needing bullpen help, Orioles to recall LHP T.J. McFarland for series vs. Blue Jays

The Baltimore Sun

BOSTON -- As the Orioles left Boston on Monday afternoon with their bullpen depleted from accounting for 7 2/3 innings in two games over the past 24 hours, left-hander T.J. McFarland was on his way to Toronto to meet up with the club for some relief help.

The Orioles are expected to officially recall McFarland before Tuesday’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre, according to an industry source.

In the Orioles’ 7-6 win over the Boston Red Sox on Monday, three Orioles relievers pitched for the second consecutive day, including both left-handed relievers -- Zach Britton and Brian Matusz.

Having thrown 42 pitches and faced 13 batters over a 24-hour span -- the Orioles played a 11:05 a.m. game Monday following a 7:05 start Sunday night -- Britton likely won’t be available Tuesday. Matusz threw 18 pitches over the two games and also likely would be unavailable.

Right-hander Darren O’Day also threw for a second consecutive day on Monday (21 pitches and six batters faced over the two games).

McFarland, who was initially scheduled to start for Triple-A Norfolk on Tuesday, had been pitching as a starter with the Tides, going 0-1 with a 1.84 ERA over 14 2/3 innings.

But he spent the entire season last year in the Orioles bullpen as the team’s Rule 5 selection.


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