Right-hander Jason Berken is back with the Orioles, called up today when Robert Andino was placed on the paternity list.
Berken, who had a hamstring injury that limited him for much of spring training, had a 0.60 ERA in 15 innings during three starts at Triple-A Norfolk.
“It’s good, I am excited. I suppose I pitched pretty well in Triple-A, and I am excited about doing the same here,” Berken said. “It’s great to be back. I’m just excited to see all the guys. That’s the big thing, I miss the teammates. I miss the guys that are here.”
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Berken may only be up for a few days – until Andino returns from the paternity list – or he could stay longer. He said he’s just glad to be back. He will be available out of the bullpen today.
Orioles left fielder Nolan Reimold is out of the starting lineup for the fifth time in six games because of neck spasms. He took swing in the hitting cage today and hopes to take batting practice. He hasn’t thrown yet but said he feels he is improving.
“It’s feeling better, it’s getting there,” said Reimold, who visited a chiropractor in Baltimore on Tuesday. “I hadn’t swung yet, that really was the first thing I did five minutes ago. So it went pretty well.”
He said he definitely feels better than Friday night and Saturday morning in Anaheim, Calif., when he couldn’t move his neck up or down or barely left to right. Now, he says, it really only hurts stretching it downward.
Endy Chavez again will replace Reimold in left and at the top of the order.