SAN FRANCISCO—In need of a left-handed pitcher, the Orioles recalled Donnie Hart from Bowie.
It’s the second stint with the Orioles this year for Hart. In his first one, Hart was with the Orioles for nine days. Hart appeared in three games, pitching 2 2/3 innings, giving up two hits. He struck out two and walked one.
Hart replaces Logan Ondrusek on the roster. Ondrusek was sent to Bowie after Thursday’s game. As a right-handed pitcher, Ondrusek was touted as one who could retire left-handers, but they were 4-for-8 against him
In 40 games with the Baysox, Hart is 3-1 with a 2.72 ERA.
“Whenever you get sent down, you’re trying to do everything possible to get back up there,” Hart said.
“I had maybe one of two outings where I really didn’t do what I wanted to do out there. But it felt really good to have that conversation with the manager down there and be able to come up here.”
Hart’s original recall just after the All-Star Game was a surprise. This one shouldn’t have been. He certainly profited from the experience.
“I learned a lot. I think the biggest thing is that these hitters are going to hit mistakes but if you make your pitches you’re going to get outs. Even when you do make your pitches, you might get hit, but [getting] strike one, that’s the biggest thing on my mind. I’ve got to get ahead of guys here and if I can do that I think I’ll give myself a change to have some success up here,” Hart said.