Orioles pre-game notes: Dana Eveland likely to start Friday
By By Eduardo A. Encina
The Baltimore Sun|
May 08, 2012 | 4:36 PM
All signs point to the Orioles' recalling left-hander Dana Eveland to start Friday's series opener against the Tampa Bay Rays here at Camden Yards.
Eveland was removed from Monday's start after throwing just 63 pitches in five shutout innings and allowing just four hits. Eveland, signed by Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette this offseason to compete for a starting rotation spot, has pitched well at Triple-A. The ground-ball pitcher is 3-2 with a 2.21 ERA in 36 2/3 innings over six starts. He's gone at least six innings in four starts and went five innings in the other two.
Right-hander Tommy Hunter, who would have pitched Friday, was optioned to Norfolk on Monday after struggling in his past two starts.
The Orioles would need to make a move to add Eveland to the 40-man roster. They could move either second baseman Brian Roberts, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list March 26, or catcher Taylor Teagarden, DLed on April 4, to the 60-day DL.
In other news, left-hander Zach Phillips has been recalled from Norfolk and right-hander Jason Berken will be opioned to Triple-A. Because of the weather tonight, the move won't be officially made until it is certain tonight's game will be played.