The Orioles recalled right-hander Josh Stinson from Triple-A Norfolk on Saturday to take outfielder Henry Urrutia’s roster spot following the team’s 6-3 loss to the Colorado Rockies.
Stinson’s presence gives the Orioles a long, right-handed reliever in the bullpen that could be available against a Rockies lineup featuring more right-handed batters.
It’s Stinson’s third stint with the Orioles this season, and he’s made one appearance, allowing five runs in 5 2/3 innings in a 6-5 loss to Toronto on April 24.
Stinson was last with the Orioles on July 10-11, and manager Buck Showalter was complimentary of Stinson’s willingness to go back to Norfolk to get work in after sitting in the Orioles bullpen for two games.
“I’m always on [Tides manager Ron Johnson] if we have an extra-inning game,” Stinson said. “That’s my bullpen day. Let me throw. Or if it’s a day where the start only went three and the bullpen had to pick up six or seven, I was always telling RJ I’m there if you need me. I think it’s just more me being a reliever and being in that position where the bullpen’s been worn out and you’re sitting there looking around like, who’s going to throw today.”
Former Orioles shortstop Miguel Tejada was suspended for 105 games by major league baseball after a positive test for a banned amphetamine. It’s the third-longest drug-related suspension in baseball history behind Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez — who appealed his 211-game ban — and former reliever Steve Howe.
Showalter never managed Tejada with the Orioles, but he was in the minors at one point in Showalter’s tenure.
“The people that played with him loved him,” Showalter said. “Heck, Brady was talking about him last night in my office. I didn’t realize he had driven in 150 runs here one year, how good a player he was. Brady was saying that’s one of the best signs that they ever made here. I know he’s got a lot of allies here. I never heard anybody here say anything bad about him.”
Right-hander Jason Hammel (strained right flexor mass) threw on flat ground Saturday. Showalter said the team will see how Hammel feels Sunday before the team sets any other profression.
Right-hander Kevin Gausman will start Monday for Triple-A Norfolk.
Right-hander Francisco Rodriguez (strained right groin) was heading out to the field to play catch and see how he felt. He’s day-to-day.
Infielder Wilson Betemit (knee) had his rehab schedule set through Aug. 25. He will likely spend the final four games at Triple-A Norfolk. Betemit could return sooner, or it could take longer. He’s batting .361 with nine RBIs in 10 games between the Gulf Coast League, High-A Frederick and Double-A Bowie.
Third baseman Manny Machado is the third Oriole ever to have more than 40 doubles and 10 home runs through Aug. 16. Machado has 42 doubles and 11 homers, and he joins Brian Roberts in 2009 and Miguel Tejada in 2005.
Right fielder Nick Markakis has the second-highest interleague average in history with a minimum of 400 at-bats. He’s batting .337, while Mike Piazza owned a .340 mark.
Low-A Delmarva right-hander Parker Bridwell struck out 14 and walked none in eight innings of shutout ball Friday night for the Shorebirds.
The Orioles shuffled their rotation for the upcoming series with Tampa Bay. Right-hander Chris Tillman will start Monday’s series opener against left-hander David Price, while right-hander Miguel Gonzalez and left-hander Wei-Yin Chen will start the final two games against the Rays.
Right-hander Scott Feldman will make his eighth start for the Orioles on Sunday. He’s 1-3 with a 7.66 ERA in his four home starts since his acquisition from the Cubs.
Rockies lineup: Fowler 8, Dickerson 7, Tulowitzki 6, Cuddyer DH, Rosario 2, Helton 3, Arenado 5, Blackmon 9, Herrera 4; Bettis 1
Orioles lineup: McLouth 7, Machado 5, Davis 3, Jones 8, Markakis 9, Wieters 2, Hardy 6, Flaherty DH, Roberts 4; Norris 1Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun