Avery returned to Norfolk, relief help coming

Avery returned to Norfolk, relief help coming
June 6, 2013, 6:30 pm
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Xavier Avery has had a long day.

Early this morning, he flew from Louisville to Houston when the Orioles recalled him for Thursday’s game. Now, after watching the team’s 3-1 win over the Astros, he returns to Louisville where the Tides will be concluding a series.

Avery was recalled when Steve Johnson was placed on the disabled list with a strained left oblique. He was there as insurance because Nick Markakis was away from the team because of the death of his grandmother.  Markakis is scheduled to return on Friday when the Orioles begin a series at Tampa Bay.

The Orioles will presumably add a relief pitcher. Pedro Strop is eligible to come off the disabled list on Saturday, but whether he will is uncertain.

One possibility is Jon Rauch, who the Orioles signed last weekend. Rauch has just pitched once since May 17, five days before he was released by Miami. He threw a scoreless inning on Tuesday. Rauch has a June 18 opt-out clause.

Mike Belfiore is another possibility. He was up for one game last month, but didn’t pitch. He can throw multiple innings and last pitched on Tuesday when he went 2 1/3 innings.

Manny Delcarmen allowed three runs in 2/3rds of an inning on Wednesday.

Rauch and Delcarmen would have to be added to the 40-man roster, which has an opening due to Chris Snyder being designated for assignment.

Josh Stinson, who allowed four home runs in his only start with the Orioles, is on the 40-man roster, and is scheduled to start on Friday, could also be considered.