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Orioles place Mike Wright on DL, call up reliever Jorge Rondon

Orioles pitcher Mike Wright delivers a pitch to Chicago White Sox batter Gordon Beckham, striking him out to end the second inning during the second game of a doubleheader at Camden Yards.
Orioles pitcher Mike Wright delivers a pitch to Chicago White Sox batter Gordon Beckham, striking him out to end the second inning during the second game of a doubleheader at Camden Yards.(Karl Merton Ferron / Baltimore Sun)

The Orioles recalled right-hander Jorge Rondon from Triple-A Norfolk Saturday after placing right-hander Mike Wright on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left calf.

Wright left Friday night's game in the fifth inning with what the team originally called a left calf cramp. Wright had been called up before the contest to provide depth to the bullpen.

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Rondon, who the Orioles claimed off waivers May 10 from the Colorado Rockies, has appeared in 24 games at Norfolk and has a 2.01 ERA in 40 1/3 innings. The 27-year-old has 35 strikeouts and 10 walks.

He made his major league debut last season with the St. Louis Cardinals, tossing a scoreless inning on June 29. He appeared in two games with the Rockies this season — April 28 and May 1 — combining to pitch one inning and allow 11 runs (10 earned). In his appearance May 1, he didn't register an out and allowed eight runs (seven earned).

With the Orioles bullpen combining to finish the final 5 2/3 innings Friday after starter Wei-Yen Chen was knocked out in the fourth inning, Rondon will provide a fresh arm if right-handed starter Kevin Gausman fails to go deep Saturday. Rondon last pitched for Norfolk on Wednesday when he tossed a scoreless inning on 12 pitches. Over his past eight appearances, he has pitched 13 2/3 scoreless innings.

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