Left-hander Jamie Moyer made his third start for Triple-A Norfolk last night, throwing 77 pitches in four innings against Buffalo.
Now the Orioles are on deck.
Moyer can opt out of his contract if the Orioles don’t select it from Norfolk and bring him back to the majors. As one team official said, it’s “up or opt.”
Moyer isn’t listed among Norfolk’s upcoming starters. Zach Britton starts today, followed by Chris Tillman on Friday, Dontrelle Willis on Saturday, Jason Berken on Sunday and Miguel Gonzalez on Monday.
Moyer has allowed three earned runs (four total) and 11 hits in 16 innings, with no walks and 16 strikeouts. He was removed after the fourth inning last night because of his pitch count.
International League batters haven’t figured out what to do with Moyer’s upper-70s fastball, and Mets knuckleballer R.A Dickey provided a recent example to the Orioles that speed doesn’t always matter. At this point, they appear to be leaning toward bringing Moyer to Baltimore, where he pitched from 1993-1995, but nothing is official.
The rotation can be adjusted next week because the Orioles are off again on Monday. Moyer could bump Tommy Hunter, Jake Arrieta or Brian Matusz. And executive vice president Dan Duquette continues to look outside the organization for pitching help.
Meanwhile, Nolan Reimold continues to seek additional opinions before deciding whether to undergo surgery. The Orioles expect a resolution this weekend.
Reimold may need a season-ending procedure to alleviate pressure on a nerve that’s caused by a herniated disk. He’s no longer experiencing pain in his left arm, but he hasn’t lost the tingling sensation or regained his full strength.
The longer Reimold waits, the more he jeopardizes his availability in 2013 if he opts to have the surgery, which appears to be the eventual course of action.
Manager Buck Showalter is trying to remain optimistic and isn’t ready to discuss how the Orioles would proceed without Reimold, who’s been limited to 16 games and hasn’t played since April 30.
Reimold remains on the 60-day disabled list and a long way from getting back into the lineup, no matter what he decides to do.
NOTE: Single-A Frederick pitcher Dylan Bundy and Double-A Bowie shortstop Manny Machado were chosen to participate in the 14th annual All-Star Futures Game on July 8 in Kansas City.