BOSTON – Ten days after he was optioned to Norfolk, T.J. McFarland is back. When he was sent down, manager Buck Showalter said that he wanted McFarland, who had started earlier in the season for the Tides, to pitch out of the bullpen.
That’s what McFarland does for the Orioles when he’s here. He threw five scoreless innings during his time with Norfolk.
“I ended up going to the bullpen and then I was able to get two outings out of the bullpen there. It’s good because then I can get used to doing the same role that I’m doing to help the team here,” McFarland said.
McFarland was 0-1 with a 1.93 ERA in 10 games with the Orioles and 2-2 with a 3.41 ERA in nine games with the Tides.
The Orioles have made a host of transactions involving relievers this month, and McFarland said he tries not to get caught up in guessing when he might return.
“It’s kind of hard. You can’t really play that game when you’re down there and look at the chess pieces and look at what’s going to happen. You just kind of have to focus on what you’re doing down there, which I was. Just basically trying to get outs, just trying to get back to what I normally do, which is throw strikes and get outs. But yeah I’m extremely happy that it worked out this way and I’m here now,” McFarland said.
To make room for McFarland, Oliver Drake was optioned to Norfolk. Drake, who was active for the last two games, did not pitch in either game. In his first stint with the team, from May 23 to June 3, Drake was 0-0 with a 3.52 ERA in five games.
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