The Baltimore Orioles have made several roster moves involving their pitching staff.
The Orioles have activated right handed starting pitcher Jason Hammel from the 15-day disabled list. Hammel missed all of August with a forearm flexor mass strain. They haven’t revealed their plan yet for the 31 year old pitcher. But he should get a couple starts before the season ends.
With Hammel being activated, left handed pitcher Zach Britton was optioned to Low-A Aberdeen. Britton gave up four runs in 2 1/3 innings on Wednesday against the Cleveland Indians. The 25 year old left handed pitcher has a 5.45 ERA and a 1.76 WHIP in 36 1/3 innings pitched this season for the major league club.
Their final move of the day is calling up right handed pitcher Steve Johnson from Triple-A Norfolk. Johnson carries an ugly 7.82 ERA and 1.82 WHIP in 12 2/3 innings pitched this season with the Orioles.
He must have improved his pitching mechanics in Triple-A to be called up to the majors with a heavy ERA of just below 8. So the 26 year old pitcher will more than likely serve as a mop up man for the remainder of the season.
Just hope he doesn’t take too much damage.