BALTIMORE - The last time Josh Stinson was at Camden Yards, he made a spot start for the Baltimore Orioles and earned a dubious distinction by allowing four home runs, the most for a pitcher making his debut in franchise history.
Stinson is back, more than two months later, but this time he'll be in the bullpen for the Orioles.
"I'm very comfortable. I've thrown multiple years out of the bullpen," said Stinson, who spent time as a reliever with Milwaukee and New York in the National League from 2009-11 before Baltimore claimed him off waivers from Oakland on April 4. "If you put up good numbers, things will happen. You can't think about the business part of it. Just going out there and what you can control really."
Stinson's start came April 24 against Toronto and he tossed 5 2-3 innings. He allowed five earned runs and the four homers in a no-decision (the Blue Jays won in extra innings). His appearance was brief, as Baltimore optioned him back to Class AAA Norfolk following the game.
Stinson went 4-4 with a 4.23 ERA in 15 starts with the Tides this year, and in his last three the right-hander held a 2.53 ERA with all three being quality starts.
That, plus three days of rest before his call-up, was enough for the Orioles to bring him back.
"We backed him off his work day to make sure he was all right," manager Buck Showalter said. "He pitched well. He had a real good outing the last time out. He's still a young guy, 25. Has a good arm. We wanted to have some [bullpen] coverage."
Stinson is taking rookie Kevin Gausman's spot in the bullpen. Baltimore sent down Gausman and starter Zach Britton to Norfolk following Tuesday's game, and the club activated left-hander Wei-Yin Chen for Wednesday's start.
Showalter said Britton and Gausman are expected to both pitch for Norfolk on Sunday.
Stinson said he's been altering his mechanics while pitching in Norfolk, and he'll be ready if needed.
"It's an opportunity," he said. "I think every guy that comes up sees it as an opportunity to go up there and show them what you've got."
THIS AND THAT: The Orioles won't have to worry about facing Yu Darvish in the series finale Thursday. Texas placed Darvish on the disabled list before Wednesday's game with a strained muscle in his right shoulder. Darvish, who is 8-4 with a 3.02 ERA this season, was slated to start Thursday for the Rangers. ... Showalter said Steve Pearce underwent a procedure on his left wrist to determine if there is any structural damage. Pearce went on the DL on June 21 with tendinitis in the wrist. ... Infielder Jonathan Schoop is set to begin a rehab assignment today after spending time on the minor-league DL for a stress fracture in his lower back. Schoop's assignment is expected to last one week, Showalter said.