The Baltimore Orioles have optioned T.J. McFarland to triple-A Norfolk today. McFarland pitched three innings for the Orioles today and ate up a lot of innings while the rest of the bullpen rested. McFarland has been optioned before and seems to be one of the Orioles swing players. The Orioles have yet to make a corresponding move but will likely add another pitcher.
The Baltimore Orioles play the Tampa Bay Rays tonight in the second game of the three game series. The Orioles won last night 5 to 3, for the recap of that game go here. The Baltimore Orioles have selected the contract of catcher Caleb Joseph and he will be starting tonight. Jamile Weeks has been optioned to Triple-A Norfolk. The Orioles needed an extra catcher with Matt Wieters ailing from a forearm injury. Wieters had test done and it looks like he will avoid the disabled list.
Joseph will start and will be making his Major League debut tonight. I have enjoyed watching Joseph develop as a Minor League player and have been following him for years. Joseph handles the bat well and has improved his defense, playing well at each stop. Joseph also has a lot of power and has a good head on his shoulders.
Here is the Orioles lineup with Joseph batting ninth. Bud Norris will be starting tonight for the Orioles.
The Baltimore Orioles have optioned pitcher Evan Meek to triple-A Norfolk and are going to recall pitcher Brad Brach from Norfolk. The Orioles taxed their bullpen yesterday while playing a double-header and need a fresh arm.
Meek started the season off pitching strong but lately he has struggled and his era has rose to 6.94, which is not good. Brach has not pitched that great in Norfolk but he will give the Orioles an extra arm. Brach has a 4.85 era while pitching in 12 games for the Tides.
The Baltimore Orioles play the Pittsburgh Pirates in a double header today and the Orioles will have some roster moves coming. Manny Machado will be activated today but will not start in the first game of the double header, Flaherty will start at third. To make room for Machado the Orioles have optioned Steve Lombardozzi. Lombardozzi has played extremely well with the Orioles this season batting .292.
Troy Patton is also likely to be activated today but it will have to wait until the first game is over. Steve Pearce is also getting his second start with the Orioles today and Jamile Weeks is starting at second base.
The Baltimore Orioles have announced that they have signed Steve Pearce to a major league contract. Pearce was designed for assignment on April 22 to make room for T.J. McFarland.
With Chris Davis being out for some time with an injury the Orioles do not have a true backup first baseman. Pearce can play first base and the outfield, though I do not think he plays either that well. Bringing back Pearce is clearly a depth move.
The Baltimore Orioles plan to activate Manny Machado tonight and start him at third base, according to Brittany Ghiroli. Machado has been on the disabled list the entire season and has recently had a very success rehab assignment with the Frederick Keys. Machado had a .667 batting average, four doubles and one triple with the Keys.
The weather looks questionable in Baltimore and if there is not a game then Machado will remain on the disabled list.
The Baltimore Orioles have optioned T.J. McFarland and recalled Jemile Weeks, the Orioles announced today. The Orioles have Chris Davis ailing and could need an extra man on the bench. Weeks can play the infield and outfield.
McFarland pitched three innings last night and will not be able to pitch for a few days. Ian Jett had more on McFarland here.
The Baltimore Orioles have acquired right-handed pitcher Preston Guilmet from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for minor league outfielder Torsten Boss. The Orioles optioned Guilmet to Triple-A Norfolk.