Tyler Wilson officially sent down, Oliver Drake called up by O's

Orioles pitcher Tyler Wilson delivers against the New York Yankees during Grapefruit League action at George M. Steinbrenner Field on March 28, 2015.

Because they wanted to add a fresh arm to the bullpen, the Orioles officially demoted right-hander Tyler Wilson to Triple-A Norfolk on Saturday to make room for righty reliever Oliver Drake.

Wilson, 25, made two appearances for the Orioles after being recalled on Monday's day off. He pitched a scoreless inning Wednesday in his major league debut and allowed one run in one-plus innings Friday when he recorded his first major league win.


The Orioles had two consecutive short starts from their rotation, so an extra bullpen arm was needed.

Overall, Wilson, a former University of Virginia pitcher, allowed five hits, no walks and one run in two innings. He struck out one batter, future Hall of Famer Ichiro Suzuki.


He'll return to Triple-A Norfolk and go back into the Tides rotation. After getting the win Friday, Wilson said he knew it was a possibility he could be sent down.

"Sure, exactly, but I don't think about that too much," Wilson said. "I'm really trying to enjoy every single day, learn as much as I can while I'm here and help the team in the process."

Drake, 28, has never before pitched in the majors. He was a 43rd-round draft pick out of the U.S. Naval Academy in 2008. He had 0.96 ERA in 18 2/3 innings for the Tides this year.

** Here are tonight's lineups:

Orioles: Machado 5, Paredes 4, Jones 8, Davis 3, Young 9, Hardy 6, Snider 7, Joseph 2, Wright 1.

Marlins: Gordon 4, Ozuna 8, Stanton 9, Prado 5, Bour 3, Realmuto 2, Yelich 7, Hechavarria 6, Yelich 1.