Last year, the Orioles cycled through minor leaguers and trolled the waiver wire for left-handed depth, but it was a problem that didn't really go away. This year, however, the club believes its yearlong plan to rebuild its depleted stock of southpaws will bear fruit.
The Orioles avoided sending T.J. McFarland back to the minors, instead opting to immediately place right-hander Yovani Gallardo — who left Friday's game after just two innings — on the DL with right bicep tendinitis.
Orioles rookie right-hander Tyler Wilson, who has pitched well in a long-relief role this season, will make his first start of the season Saturday against the Kansas City Royals. The move will allow the club to cover itself with long relief bullpen help and still activate two pitchers coming off the disabled list -- left-handed reliever Brian Matusz on Saturday and right-hander Kevin Gausman to start Monday.
Left-hander T.J. McFarland threw a 25-pitch bullpen session Sunday morning, his first time on a mound after leaving his March 6 appearance with elbow inflammation, and after reporting no issues says the next step in his mind is returning to game action.
Orioles left-hander T.J. McFarland left Sunday afternoon¿s Grapefruit League game against the Boston Red Sox with a tender elbow, manager Buck Showalter said following his team¿s 8-7 loss at JetBlue Park.
The Orioles tied the game with three runs in the eighth on back-to-back homers by Adam Jones and Chris Davis, but ultimately lost to the Mariners 6-5 in 10 innings on Austin Jackson¿s bases-loaded walk-off single in front of an announced 24,863 at Safeco Field.
Wanting to make sure Sunday¿s bullpen is covered, even with lefty Brian Matusz returning from an eight-game suspension, the Orioles demoted reliever T.J. McFarland to Triple-A Norfolk and recalled right-hander Tyler Wilson.
Since then, neither Orioles starter has lasted more than five innings, placing an added load on the relievers. That's not necessarily a recipe for winnings, but despite being one man short, the Orioles bullpen has allowed just one hit over 8 2/3 innings the past two nights in a pair of wins over the Boston Red Sox.
HOUSTON ¿ The Orioles made a roster move before Wednesday¿s game to replenish their bullpen, recalling left-hander T.J. McFarland from Triple-A Norfolk and optioning right-hander Oliver Drake back to Norfolk.
The Orioles set their Opening Day roster Sunday, with a couple mild surprises. Catcher Steve Clevenger beat out Ryan Lavarnway for the backup catcher job and right-handers Ryan Webb and Rule 5 pick Jason Garcia are among 14 pitchers that made the 25-man roster.
Former Oriole Nick Markakis had a couple hits in his first game against his old team, and the Atlanta Braves rallied in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat the Orioles, 6-5, in a Grapefruit League game at Champions Stadium.