Jul 23, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Jason Hammel (39) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Baltimore Orioles announce several roster moves

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.

Tags: Baltimore Orioles Jason Hammel Steve Johnson Zach Britton

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