The Orioles optioned struggling reliever Cla Meredith down to Triple-A Norfolk following tonight's game in order to create a roster spot for ChrisTillman, who will start tomorrow's game.
Meredith surrendered the game-winning hits in back-to-back outings, allowing a game-ending homer to the Washington Nationals' Josh Willingham on Sunday, and a bases-loaded clearing double to the Oakland Athletics' Kevin Kouzmanoff on Thursday.
"It's kind of been a weird year for me," Meredith said. "I've pitched here, I've pitched there. Get in a groove for a little bit, get in a rut. I've been in a rut before. I don't panic, but I'm not the one who calls shots around here. So, I don't know. I'm kind of at the mercy of my employer. I'm 26 years old, my arm's very healthy as is the rest of my body and I envision pitching for a long time whether it's here or somewhere else. I've learned a couple years ago, you can only control the things you can control, this is one those things I can't really control."
After making the club with a strong spring training, Meredith was 0-2 with a 5.40 ERA in 21 appearances spanning 15 innings, and had allowed at least one baserunner in eight straight outings.
"Until last week, I was getting to talk about good stuff, but that's kind of the life of a reliever. If you are a hitter and you have a bad week, so what. When you're a relief pitcher, it's a little more magnified."
Asked if it's just a matter of learning just what you can control, Meredith said, 'Yeah, especially around here."