One of the most pleasant surprises of a disappointing first third of the Orioles season is Mike Wright. Originally brought up to fill a temporary hole in the bullpen, Wright ended up starting four times for the Orioles, and he’ll be back.
Wright was sent down on Friday in a move that was overlooked with all the other tumult on the team’s roster. With Brian Matusz going away for eight games, the team wanted another left-hander for the bullpen, and Cesar Cabral’s contract was purchased.
Bud Norris was getting ready to return from four weeks of inactivity for a Sunday start, and manager Buck Showalter wanted to keep Wright pitching regularly.
He goes back to Norfolk with the knowledge that he can pitch in the big leagues. In his first two starts, he allowed seven hits in 14 1/3 innings. In his third, Wright got the win after giving up three runs and six hits in five innings.
Last Tuesday’s start was forgettable. Wright gave up five runs on eight hits in five innings against Houston.
Sooner or later, perhaps very soon, Wright will be back. He has shown himself as an option for starting, and certainly could be in the rotation in 2016, and maybe even before.