MIAMI---Due to three straight grueling games, the Orioles needed bullpen help. T.J. McFarland, who was the losing pitcher in Saturday night’s 13-inning game, was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk.
Right-handed pitcher Chaz Roe’s contract was purchased from the Tides, and to make room on the 40-man roster, Wesley Wright was transferred from the 15-day to 60-day disabled list.
Manager Buck Showalter isn’t sure what’s going to happen with Brian Matusz’s possible suspension, which may not be announced until perhaps Tuesday.
Showalter said that he wants McFarland, who was 0-1 with a 3.60 ERA in five games, to resume starting at Norfolk.
Roe is 3-1 with a 2.19 ERA in 18 games for the Tides. He pitched in 24 major league games in 2013 and 2014 for Arizona and the New York Yankees.
“It’s always exciting to get that call,” Roe said.
The suspension, which Matusz would be expected to appeal, may not begin until after Thursday’s doubleheader. During the suspension, the Orioles must play with 24, and they’re expected to replace Matusz with a pitcher and play with just three extra position players instead of the usual four.
Showalter said he doesn’t know who he’ll use as his extra player for the doubleheader. He may have to start Bud Norris instead of using of starting him at Bowie for a rehab assignment. He also considered Kevin Gausman, who is currently on the DL with shoulder tendinitis, but the plan is to stretch him out as a starter at Norfolk.
Oliver Drake, who was called up for Saturday’s game and pitched three scoreless innings, should be able to pitch on Monday.
Wright was placed on the disabled list with a left shoulder injury on April 11, and Showalter thinks that he should be ready to pitch around when he’s eligible to return.
Jonathan Schoop (right knee) could have been transferred, too. His eligibility would have come on June 17.
“Jonathan's would have been a lot later. We would have pushed him back further. He could come quickly once he gets this last little thing going. Then it's just a matter of playing a few games. I don't think Wes is that close yet. It wasn't an easy decision. He's not where he needs to be yet. You want him to go all the way through that program,” Showalter said.
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