BALTIMORE—The Orioles added two players for Thursday’s game, purchasing the contract of infielder Paul Janish from Norfolk and recalling right-handed pitcher Mike Wright from the Tides.
To make room on the 40-man roster for Janish, the Orioles recalled left-handed pitcher Christopher Lee from Bowie and placed him on the 60-day disabled list.
With Steve Pearce hurt, Showalter wants more infield insurance. Janish, who batted .194 in 14 games with the Orioles earlier in the season, hit .248 in 78 games at Norfolk.
Wright started the season with the Orioles, and was 3-4 with a 5.89 ERA in 16 games. With the Tides, Wright was 4-4 with a 3.07 ERA in 13 starts.
The 26-year-old was not included in the initial roster additions earlier in the month, but Showalter wants another long man.
“He came real close originally. But kind of where we are we want to be able to cover things keep from pitching anybody,” Showalter said.
“You’re trying to take every little inch you can and try to put your best foot forward and there might come a situation that Mike could help us in. … He’s not starting Sunday, though, if that’s what somebody’s thinking.”
The additions of Janish and Wright give the Orioles 34 players. If Darren O’Day, who is scheduled to throw a simulated game on Friday and Joey Rickard, who could be activated next week are added, the Orioles could have 36, but Showalter indicated that players could be returned to the Sarasota minicamp.
The Orioles September roster is larger than it has been in recent years.
“I don’t think it’s something by design,” Showalter said.
NOTES: Odrisamer Despaigne, who the Orioles designated for assignment on Sept. 5, was claimed on waivers by Miami. To make room for him on the 40-man roster, the Marlins designated infielder Robert Andino for assignment. … The Orioles added minor league infield coordinator Dave Anderson as an extra coach.
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