BALTIMORE – Josh Stinson has certainly moved around a lot in the past few days. After the Orioles were rained out last Friday, he was told to come to Baltimore in case he was needed over the weekend if the bullpen was overworked.
After the team got through the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader without needing reinforcements, Stinson was sent to Potomac to pitch two innings for Frederick. On Sunday, he took a long bus ride to Myrtle Beach, S.C., and late last night he found he was coming up to Baltimore.
Stinson, who was picked up on waivers from Oakland on Apr. 4 and optioned to Norfolk, will start on Wednesday afternoon against Toronto.
He was chosen ahead of Freddy Garcia, who is starting tonight for Norfolk and Zach Britton, who is Thursday’s Tides’ starter.
Manager Buck Showalter consulted with Norfolk manager Ron Johnson, Tides pitching coach Mike Griffin and minor league director Brian Graham.
“We had some options there,” manager Buck Showalter said. “They thought he was a tick more ready.”
Britton had one start truncated by a blister, and Showalter thinks he’ll soon be ready to help the Orioles.
Stinson is 0-2 with a 4.43 ERA in 20 games with the New York Mets and Milwaukee in the last two seasons. With Norfolk and Frederick, he’s 1-0 with a 1.32 ERA in three appearances.
“I’m very excited. Any time you get claimed, obviously the team sees something in you. And to be in the big leagues this fast, like I said, it is a great opportunity for me and I’m just going to try to take it and run with it,” Stinson said.
When he was told to report to the Orioles last weekend, he tried not to think about the possibilities.
“There’s some things going on above, which I learned in my first year in pro ball, don’t even worry about what’s going on above. If you try to play that game, you get lost. So they said, “Get your work in.’ And I went wherever they told me and tried to work pitches. High-A hitters were swinging at first pitches,” Stinson said.
Showalter said that he hoped that Stinson would pitch well enough to stay in the rotation. His next start could come in Seattle on Monday.
“I’m anxious to see him. We had some good stuff on him. That’s why we claimed him,” Showalter said. “If he has some struggles and we have to use up a lot of the bullpen…we’re going to keep our bullets healthy.”
The 25-year-old is looking forward to this chance.
“I think every time you come to a new organization you want to make it home. Making that adjustment, it’s not easy. You get to meet 25 new guys every time you move. So I mean, you hope that it’s home,” Stinson said.