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Orioles to recall Josh Stinson for long-relief role tonight

The Orioles will recall Josh Stinson from Triple-A Norfolk before tonight’s game to serve as a right-handed long-relief arm behind left-handed starter Wei-Yin Chen, according to a club source.

Following Tuesday’s 8-4 loss to the Rangers, the club optioned left-hander Zach Britton and right-hander Kevin Gausman, who both pitched Tuesday, to Norfolk.

Before tonight’s game, the team must also activate Chen off the disabled list.

The Orioles chose to recall Stinson, who would be working on just three days rest if he is needed tonight, over left-handers Tsuyoshi Wada and Mike Belfiore because manager Buck Showalter likes to have right-handed long relievers when a left-hander starts.

Stinson is 4-4 with a 4.24 ERA in 16 appearances (15 starts) for Norfolk. He’s recorded three straight quality starts, including a seven-inning, three-hit outing in which he allowed one unearned run in his last start Saturday.

Stinson was recalled April 24 to make a spot start against Toronto and allowed five runs – including four homers – over 5 1/3 innings and was optioned back to Norfolk following the game.

Stinson being recalled was first reported by masnsports.com.

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