BALTIMORE – The Orioles have 11 pitchers in their bullpen now. Three of them, Jason Hammel, Steve Johnson and Josh Stinson weren’t there 10 days ago.
Johnson and Stinson were added from Norfolk. Hammel is back from the disabled list. There can be a problem with having too many pitchers now and too few innings to go around this time of year.
Manager Buck Showalter says the innings aren’t as hard to manage now.
“I think it’s a little different this time of year. They’ve got so many innings under their belt. It’s easier, but it’s not a perfect world,” Showalter said.
“You still want to keep the ball in their hands some, but you can’t have a full-fledged work day and then need them that night. This time of year since they’ve pitched so much since February, I don’t think it’s as much a challenge as it might be in May or June or July.”
Hammel threw two innings on Sunday, his first work in the bullpen with the Orioles.
“I’ve been there before. It’s fun,” Hammel said. “It was good. It was good to be out in a major league game.”
He said the preparation is different for starting and relieving, but he hopes to start again.
“That’s what I’m planning on. I hope it’s not just bullpen for me,” Hammel said.
“It’s September. We’re right there in the middle of it. Anything anybody can do to help.”
NOTES: Steve Pearce will play in a simulated game in Sarasota, Fla. on Friday. He could rejoin the Orioles in Boston on Sept. 17 if his injured left wrist responds. Pearce and Henry Urrutia, who is prevented from traveling to Toronto because of immigration issues, will play in a simulated game next Monday and then could fly to Boston.
-Nick Markakis will likely miss Wednesday’s game because his wife is due with the couple’s third child.