Orioles manager Buck Showalter is going to his bullpen again. He’s also going to his rotation. At the same time.
Bud Norris will replace Tommy Hunter in the bottom of the 14th inning with the score tied 4-4. Rule 5 pick T.J. McFarland is next in line. Then bullpen coach Billy Castro, who will have to come out of retirement.
Norris has appeared in 122 major league games, including 121 as a starter. His lone relief appearance came in his debut on July 29, 2009 in Chicago while pitching for the Astros.
On that day, Norris worked the fifth through the seventh and allowed one run and three hits, with one walk and four strikeouts. The Astros lost 12-0.
Norris is scheduled to start Saturday against the Rockies at Camden Yards. This appearance amounts to his side session. He didn’t take a work day in case Showalter needed him in relief.
Down on the farm, Steve Johnson has allowed three runs and three hits in three innings for Triple-A Norfolk, with one walk and three strikeouts.
Update: Norris retired only one batter, striking out Paul Goldschmidt after walking the first two batters on a total of eight pitches.
Aaron Hill bounced a single up the middle, and the Orioles were swept in a three-game series for the third time this season.
The Orioles are 14-21 in one-run games and 6-5 in extra innings.