The Orioles will recall right-handed reliever Preston Guilmet from Triple-A Norfolk on Monday to provide the club with some bullpen depth, according to an industry source.
The team optioned left-hander T.J. McFarland to Norfolk after he threw three relief innings in the Orioles' 5-2 loss to the Houston Astros on Sunday.
The Orioles will make the move official before Monday's series opener against the Detroit Tigers at Camden Yards.
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Orioles manager Buck Showalter indicated after the loss that the team was planning to make a roster move to add a right-handed reliever for this week's three-game series against the Tigers, preferably one who could give the bullpen some length. Over the past several days, the Orioles have had four left-handers in the bullpen.
Guilmet, who was acquired from the Cleveland Indians last month in exchange for minor league infielder Torsten Boss, is 2-1 with a 5.65 ERA and four saves for Norfolk this season. But he’s not a reliever who would appear to give the team a long-relief option. Just three of his 12 outings this season have been more than one inning.
Eight of his 12 outings have been scoreless -- he allowed one earned run in three others -- and other than giving up six runs in one-third of an inning Thursday, he has been pretty solid pitching for the Tides in the eighth and ninth innings.
Guilmet, 26, briefly pitched for the Indians last year, compiling a 10.13 ERA in 5 1/3 relief innings, allowing eight hits and six runs with one strikeout and three walks.
Fox Sports first reported that the Orioles were recalling Guilmet.