Avery did not play in the game and was optioned back to Triple-A Norfolk after the game. The team is expected to call up a reliever Friday.
Avery, a 23-year-old left-handed hitter with speed, batted .192 in 15 games at Triple-A Norfolk after hitting .300 in 39 games at Double-A Bowie this year.
“I’m just crawling back to where I want to be,” Avery said before the game. “Taking baby steps to get back on track. I did good in Bowie when I was down there. Then I got to Norfolk, hit a dry patch. But it’s all right. I’m going to get back to doing what I do.”
Avery hit .223 in 32 games for the Orioles last year.“On the surface, it’s an in and out,” Showalter said of the Avery promotion. “But we’re not going to take a chance of not having bullets. He brings a couple things that you can always use in a game. You’d rather err on the side of caution.”
A pitcher the Orioles call up Friday may not have a long shelf life with the Orioles, either. Pedro Strop, assuming there are no setbacks in a one-inning stint in Sarasota, will be ready to come off the disabled list Saturday. He’s been on the DL since May 25 with a lower back strain.
“I’m hoping he can pitch for us Saturday,” Showalter said of Strop.