Oakland, Calif. — Oakland, Calif. -- Not needing a fifth starter until next weekend and wanting one of their top prospects to continue pitching every five days, the Orioles optioned Garrett Olson to Triple-A Norfolk yesterday to make roster room for Steve Trachsel.
Trachsel, who is on the disabled list with a strained gluteus muscle, will be activated in time to make tomorrow night's start against the Oakland Athletics.
Olson, a 23-year-old left-hander whom the Orioles selected as a sandwich pick in the 2005 draft, was 1-0 with a 3.86 ERA in two starts. He likely will be recalled later this season, but, for now, team officials didn't think it was prudent to use Olson out of the bullpen.
"For me, Olson has got to pitch," interim manager Dave Trembley said Monday. " He's a young and up-and-coming guy. ... To me, he's got to pitch every five days. You do what's right for him and you do what's right for the team, in that order."
Right-hander Jon Leicester, who pitched one game for the Orioles and took the loss May 12 against the Boston Red Sox before going on the disabled list with a right shoulder strain, was reinstated from the DL and designated for assignment.