SEATTLE – The Orioles will be without left-hander T.J. McFarland for the first two games of their three-game series against the Los Angeles Angels at Camden Yards as he takes bereavement leave following the death of his grandmother Sunday.
McFarland, who was the winning pitcher in the Orioles’ 3-2 win in 10 innings Sunday over the Seattle Mariners after pitching a scoreless ninth inning, was expected to fly back to Baltimore with the team after Sunday's game and then take a flight Monday to his hometown of Chicago to be with his family.
“He’s going to leave us tomorrow and go back home to Chicago,” Showalter said. “Our hearts go out to him and his mom. … Tough times. There’s another life than baseball. I know T.J. was pretty close to [his grandmother]. I know he feels good about being there tomorrow.”
The Orioles placed McFarland on the three-day bereavement list after Sunday’s game, so they will be able to recall another reliever before Tuesday’s game.
McFarland is scheduled to return for Thursday’s game against the Angels. Monday’s day off counts toward the bereavement time, so McFarland only will miss two games.
McFarland played a large role in the Orioles' four-game series in Seattle, especially since the Mariners field a lineup that includes as many as seven left-handed hitters. He pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings on just 15 pitches in Saturday's 4-3 loss before earning the win Sunday.