Re­volv­ing door keeps on spin­ning

Wother­spoon brought up, Gil­martin sent back down

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - ORIOLES - By Peter Sch­muck

SEAT­TLE — The Ori­oles are do­ing every­thing they can to sup­port the air­line in­dus­try as they at­tempt to keep enough pitch­ers avail­able to get through their seven-game West Coast road trip.

They bought a cou­ple more coast-to­coast plane tick­ets over the past 24 hours, se­lect­ing the contract of righthande­r Matt Wother­spoon from Triple-A Nor­folk and op­tion­ing left­hander Sean Gil­martin back to the Tides on Satur­day.

Gil­martin was the spot starter Fri­day night and pitched 21⁄3 in­nings in the Ori­oles’ 10-9 loss to the Seat­tle Mariners at T-Mo­bile Park. He al­lowed nine base run­ners and two home runs be­fore giv­ing way to a pa­rade of fel­low re­liev­ers.

Wother­spoon was not on the 40-man ros­ter, but the team had room for him af­ter des­ig­nat­ing pitcher Dan Straily for as­sign­ment ear­lier this week.

In 21 games (two starts) with Nor­folk, Wother­spoon was 2-1 with a 4.46 ERA and a 1.165 WHIP. He struck out 47 bat­ters in 401⁄3 in­nings and walked just 13, which had to be at­trac­tive to the ma­jor league club af­ter three young re­liev­ers came up this week and strug­gled with their con­trol. Wother­spoon, 27, al­lowed three runs in two in­nings in one pre­vi­ous ap­pear­ance with the Ori­oles this season.

Man­ager Bran­don Hyde ref­er­enced the con­trol prob­lems Fri­day night af­ter five Ori­oles pitch­ers com­bined to walk eight bat­ters — four of them by young pitch­ers Tan­ner Scott (three) and Bran­den Kline, who flew across the coun­try to pro­vide bullpen depth ear­lier in the day.

“Well, we walked eight; they walked none,’’ Hyde said. “So, you are not go­ing to win games when that hap­pens for the most part.”

Hyde said Satur­day that Wother­spoon’s good com­mand stats were a de­cid­ing fac­tor in choos­ing him for this call-up. He came over from mi­nor league camp sev­eral times dur­ing the spring to pitch in big league ex­hi­bi­tion games.

“It’s quite an op­por­tu­nity for pitch­ers in our organizati­on,’’ he said. “There’s a lot of ma­jor league op­por­tu­nity. If you come up here and pitch well, you’re go­ing to stay. You might even pitch with a lead later in the game. What­ever it may be. We’re look­ing for guys to take the op­por­tu­nity and run with it.”

Mancini back in ac­tion

Trey Mancini is back in the Ori­oles start­ing lineup for Satur­day’s af­ter­noon game against the Mariners.

He missed two games af­ter he was hit in the left el­bow by a pitch and re­moved from the first in­ning of Wed­nes­day’s se­ries fi­nale at the Oak­land Ath­let­ics. The injury was deemed a bone bruise.

“It feels bet­ter … good enough to play,’’ Mancini said. “The hope was that I may be good to­day or to­mor­row. I took some swings even yes­ter­day and felt like I could be in there. So, it feels good.”

Up in the air

Hyde said the starter for Wed­nes­day night’s game against the San Diego Padres at Cam­den Yards re­mains up in the air. De­pend­ing on the us­age of the bullpen be­tween now and then, he said the club could repeat the “opener” sce­nario used Wed­nes­day in Oak­land, when Jimmy Ya­cabo­nis pitched the first two in­nings with Josh Rogers com­ing in as the sec­ond pitcher.

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