Dana Eveland’s stay with the Orioles lasted about a minute or so, at least as Eveland joked about it.
Technically, it was a full day. The lefty was recalled Thursday to fortify a bullpen that needed help after pitching more than six innings on Wednesday.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter likes to have a long man that pitches from the opposite side from that day’s starter. And with righty Chris Tillman starting Thursday, Eveland got the call at 1 a.m. Thursday morning in Norfolk.
The veteran came up, watched Tillman make a quality start and was designated for assignment this afternoon – the third time Eveland's been designated this year.
The club has 10 days to trade him, release him or ask waivers on him.
But Eveland said he has already been put on waivers and hopes to clear by 1 p.m. Sunday – a likelihood considering he has a guaranteed, $750,000 big league contract. That means he’ll accept an assignment if he clears and is penciled in to start Tuesday for the Tides.
“Hopefully I‘ll get down there, start a few games and go from three and hopefully get back to being stretched out and get ready to come back in here and fill whatever role they think needs filling,” said Eveland, who has a 4.73 ERA in 14 games with the Orioles.
To fill his spot, the Orioles recalled right-hander Miguel Socolovich, who can pitch in long relief if needed behind lefty Zach Britton tonight. Socolovich was not eligible to be recalled until Friday because he was demoted July 14 and needed to stay in the minors for 10 days.
In other news, J.J. Hardy is in Friday’s starting lineup despite getting hit in the ribs by a fastball yesterday afternoon. Catcher Matt Wieters, who's in a 1-for-30 slump, is getting the day off because he has a tight right biceps. Taylor Teagarden is catching Britton for the second consecutive start.
Wieters was in the video room earlier today talking with Terry Crowley, the former big league hitting coach who retired and is now a special assignment hitting instructor throughout the organization.
Here are Friday’s lineups:
Orioles: Markakis 9, Hardy 6, Thome DH, Jones 8, Davis 7, Betemit 5, Reynolds 3, Quintanilla 4, Teagarden 2. Britton 1
A’s: Crisp 8, Gomes DH, Reddick 9, Cespedes 7, Carter 3, Inge 5, Norris 2, Hicks 6, Weeks 4. Parker 1.