Relievers Ryan Meisinger and Paul Fry joined the Orioles on Friday providing cover for a bullpen that's been stretched thin over the past week.
“Just pitching well, and they’re our best options,” manager Buck Showalter said. “We need some people here.”
Meisinger, a Dunkirk native who played at Northern High School then Radford University, has a 2.05 ERA with 30 strikeouts in 22 innings at Triple-A Norfolk after beginning this season with Double-A Bowie.
An 11th-round pick in 2015, Meisinger, 24, has a career 2.37 ERA in 120 games with a 1.11 WHIP. He said he was trying to scrounge up 18 tickets for friends and family Friday.
“I grew up watching the Orioles with Cal Ripken and all those guys,” Meisinger said. “It’s very exciting. I have a lot of family around a lot of friends in town, so we’ll see what happens.”
Fry, a left-hander acquired from the Seattle Mariners last April for international signing bonus slots in the transaction where the Orioles designated Parker Bridwell for assignment, spent two days with the major league club last year but didn't pitch.
“Just being around the guys all the time, it was a great learning experience,” Fry said. “I got my heart racing when I got up twice. I’ll probably black out tonight, but I’m ready.”
Like Meisinger, the 25-year-old Fry split time this year between Bowie and Norfolk, with a 3.19 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP between the two levels.
Both pitchers said they struggled with consistency earlier in the season, but are pitching well for the past month or so to earn their call-ups.
To make room for them on the 25-man roster, the Orioles optioned Jimmy Yacabonis and Yefry Ramírez to Norfolk, where they’ll rejoin the rotation on July 3 and July 4, respectively. Darren O’Day (hamstring) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list and infielder Corban Joseph was designated for assignment to create 40-man roster spots.
MASNsports.com first reported the pending additions.