Orioles option Britton to Norfolk, add Clark

Orioles option Britton to Norfolk, add Clark
April 30, 2013, 8:15 pm
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altimore Orioles starting pitcher Zach Britton (53) pitches to the Seattle Mariners during the 1st inning at Safeco Field.

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Deciding they needed bullpen help and dissatisfied with Zach Britton’s start on Monday night, the Orioles optioned Britton to Norfolk and recalled right-hander Zach Clark from the Tides.

Clark, a 29-year-old right-hander who was an undrafted free agent, gets his first major league experience after eight seasons at every stop in the Orioles’ organization.

He was 1-2 with a 4.56 ERA at Norfolk this season.

Clark is a native of Newark, Del., who now lives in Princeton, New Jersey, and attended University Maryland-Baltimore County.

Presumably, Clark is with the Orioles to shore up the bullpen until Saturday when the team will need another starter. Clark has been starting this season, but Freddy Garcia’s turn will come up then, and he extended his opt-out date until May 14. Both Garcia and Jair Jurrjens, whose opt-out date is in mid-June are scheduled to pitch this weekend.

The Orioles officially added catcher Chris Snyder, who they acquired from the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday. To make room for Snyder on the 40-man, they designated catcher Luis Exposito for assignment. Exposito had been optioned to Norfolk after Monday’s game.

Steve Johnson, who has pitched in two games on rehab assignment, was removed from the disabled list and optioned to Norfolk. He’s a candidate for early recall as well.

Since Jake Arrieta was optioned, the Orioles have used Josh Stinson and Britton as starters and both were quickly returned to Norfolk.