The Orioles added depth behind the plate by calling up catcher Steve Clevenger before Friday's game. With catcher Matt Wieters resting an injured right hamstring, the Orioles had to play Wednesday's game with Caleb Joseph as the only healthy catcher.
Clevenger said he got the call around noon Thursday, but he hadn't talked with manager Buck Showalter before Friday's game about what role he will play while he is called up. Clevenger is hitting .305 with 32 RBIs in 75 games for Triple-A Norfolk this season.
The move is likely temporary, however, as Wieters said his hamstring feels better.
"We don't think it's going to be a DL period," Showalter said of Wieters, who left Tuesday's game after 2 1/3 innings. "We need a second catcher. Steve is having a solid year down there. I really like the things I've been hearing about him catching-wise."
Wieters sat out his second straight game Friday and said the rest has helped his hamstring feel looser. He received treatment Friday, but didn't take batting practice and will see how his hamstring feels Saturday.
Wieters said he doesn't anticipate catching being an issue. It has been running that bothers him most, so as soon as he can run the bases without issues he should be available in all capacities.
"As long as I can run and be close to slow speed like I normally am then we will be good," Wieters said.
Urrutia with team
Outfielder Henry Urrutia arrived before Friday's game and took batting practice, but he won't be activated until Saturday. Showalter said the Orioles would decide who would be removed from the roster to make room after Friday's game.
One option could be Clevenger if Wieters is healthy enough by Saturday, but a more likely move would be sending down outfielder Junior Lake, who has options remaining.
Urrutia hasn't played in the majors since 2013, but he has had a strong year at Triple-A Norfolk. The 28-year-old Cuban is hitting .292 with 10 home runs and 50 RBIs in 107 games for the Tides.
"He's real hot, swinging the bat real well down there," Showalter said.
Around the horn
Right-hander Chaz Roe, who is on the DL with right shoulder tendinitis, had a cortisone injection earlier this week and could be ready to return when he is eligible Aug. 25. …Infielder-outfielder Steve Pearce started hitting off pitching from coaches in Sarasota, Fla., on Thursday and could begin a rehabilitation assignment early next week. …Showalter said right-hander Mike Wright (strained left calf) is tentative pushing off, and the Orioles are being cautious with him. …Right-hander Hunter Harvey won't pitch this season, but he could in instructional league or the Arizona Fall League. … Right-hander Dylan Bundy has an appointment with Dr. James Andrews in late August. … Infielder-outfielder Chris Parmelee suffered a broken arm after being hit by a pitch Wednesday while playing for Norfolk, and is out for the year, Showalter said. … Catcher Chance Sisco has been promoted from High-A Frederick to Double-A Bowie. ... Norfolk manager Ron Johnson moved into first all-time on the Tides' win list Friday, passing Gary Allenson after a 3-2 victory to give him 285 in his career.