In another flurry of roster moves, the Orioles recalled rookie catcher Chance Sisco and rookie pitcher Yefry Ramírez from Triple-A Norfolk and optioned left-handed reliever Donnie Hart back to the Tides before Thursday’s game.
Sisco, who was sent down when the club brought back catcher Caleb Joseph on July 17, replaces Austin Wynns, who was optioned to Norfolk late Wednesday night.
Manager Buck Showalter said before Thursday’s series finale against the Seattle Mariners that Sisco benefited from his time in the minor leagues.
“From all indications,” Showalter said. “It’s still the biggest jump in sports, but he did a nice job down there. They were talking about how well he was doing, especially the last five or six days. So get him back up here and get him in the mix.”
Showalter complimented Wynns for the way he approaches each game but felt it was time to give Sisco, who is considered the Orioles’ catcher of the future, some quality time at the major league level.
“I know Caleb. I wouldn’t say he’s running on empty; has been catching every day,” Showalter said. “It’s a quick turnaround, day game today. In a perfect world, I would have liked to give Chance a day to get settled in, but Caleb’s pretty banged up. That ball he took in the throat was tough.”
Sisco likely will play two of the three games against the Los Angeles Angels this weekend, as they’ll feature only one left-handed starting pitcher.
Harvey cleared to throw
Top Orioles pitching prospect Hunter Harvey has been cleared to resume throwing next week after visiting orthopedic specialist Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday, according to a source.
Harvey’s shoulder popped out of the socket when he dodged a foul ball in the Double-A Bowie dugout three weeks ago.
The Orioles hosted an inspiring guest in 18-year-old Nicholas Nauman from Carroll Springs School in Westminster. He was born with several serious medical conditions in an orphanage in Kiev, Ukraine, but overcame them to earn a gold medal at the Special Olympics.
Though he lives with a significant visual and mental impairment, Nicholas amazed his teachers and family by memorizing the national anthem, which he performed before Thursday’s game.
Britton in review
Closer Zach Britton had another tough outing Wednesday night, but Showalter did not express concern about his 7.04 ERA through his first eight outings after coming off the disabled list.
Showalter reiterated that Britton is one of the best closers in baseball and still is working to perfect his delivery after going nearly nine months between major league appearances.
“Most really good pitchers I’ve known … are always looking for perfection,” Showalter said. “That’s what Zach’s after, and I applaud it.”
Baltimore Sun reporter Eduardo A. Encina contributed to this report.