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Orioles left-hander Mike Belfiore gets the call-up

May 12 has been a pretty important day for left-hander Mike Belfiore.

Last year, on May 12, Belfiore was traded to the Orioles as the player to be named later in the deal that sent infielder Josh Bell to Arizona. And on Sunday, he was called up from Triple-A Norfolk to provide bullpen insurance after consecutive four-inning outings by Orioles starters.

So Belfiore stepped into a big league clubhouse for his potential debut one year to the day of joining the organization.

“It’s pretty crazy because last year at this time I got traded the exact same day,” said the 24-year-old Belfiore. “So it’s just one of those weird days, I guess you can say. Life-changing days.”

Belfiore, who was 1-0 with a 5.52 ERA in 14 2/3 innings for the Tides, learned late Saturday night that he would be getting his first call to the big leagues. He’s not sure how long he’ll stay, but his parents, girlfriend and some friends made the trip to Minnesota just in case.

“It’s unbelievable. This is the dream that everyone wants to do when they are younger and it’s finally here,” said Belfiore, who did not pitch Sunday. “It hasn’t set in yet, but just a dream come true.”

Injury updates

Miguel Gonzalez right thumb) did not throw a side session Sunday because the blister on his thumb has not fully healed. He likely will do that Tuesday instead. He still could make a rehab start Thursday or Friday. … Tsuyoshi Wada’s first rehab start has not been set, but if it is Thursday, it would be at Norfolk because that is prospect Kevin Gausman’s regular turn at Double-A Bowie. Wada is recovering from Tommy John surgery on his left elbow last May. … Infielder Wilson Betemit (right knee) is still not doing baseball activities. He is limited to exercises in the pool. He obviously will not be activated when eligible May 30. … Catcher Taylor Teagarden (dislocated left thumb) will see hand specialist Dr. Brian Schofield for a follow-up Thursday in Sarasota.

Around the horn

Wednesday’s starter for the Orioles will be either Jason Hammel or Freddy Garcia, Showalter said. The off day Monday would allow Hammel to stay on regular rest. … RHP Zach Clark did not fare well in his first game as a knuckleballer at Double-A Bowie. He allowed six runs (five earned) on four hits, six walks and a hit batter. He threw 105 pitches (50 strikes) in just 3 1/3 innings. … Minor league first baseman Christian Walker, who was the organization’s player of the month in April, has been promoted from Low-A Delmarva to High-A Frederick. … INF Nick Delmonico has been reinstated from the disabled list at Frederick.

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