Orioles may add starter for Wednesday

Orioles may add starter for Wednesday
April 20, 2013, 12:30 pm
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Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Zach Britton (53) against the Boston Red Sox during a spring training game at Ed Smith Stadium.

(Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports)

BALTIMORE – Friday’s rainout will probably mean the Orioles will add a starting pitcher for Wednesday’s game. If Jason Hammel or Wei-Yin Chen’s starts are brief in Saturday’s doubleheader, it’s conceivable, but highly unlikely that they would pitch on Wednesday.

If Tommy Hunter or T.J. McFarland aren’t needed for lengthy outings, they could be chosen, too.

But, it’s more likely that they’ll recall a pitcher from Triple-A Norfolk, and that could be Zach Britton. The Tides were rained out on Friday and play a doubleheader tonight. Josh Stinson and Zach Clark are scheduled to pitch. Since minor league doubleheaders are seven innings each, it’s possible they could pitch Wednesday.

“There are multiple options,” manager Buck Showalter said.

Britton, Clark and Stinson are all on the 40-man roster. The other starters on Norfolk’s roster, Freddy Garcia and Jair Jurrjens are not, but room could be made.

“All five of those guys are in play,” Showalter said.

Britton pitched on Thursday, and he’d be pitching on an extra day’s rest. He’s 1-0 with a 1.98 ERA in three starts for Norfolk though he’s walked seven batters in 13 2/3 innings.

Steve Johnson is scheduled to pitch for Norfolk on Wednesday morning at 11:15 a.m. in Charlotte. Because it’s his first start on a rehab assignment, he’s not being considered for the Orioles’ start.