O's option McFarland to Triple-A Norfolk

The Orioles optioned left-hander T.J. McFarland to Triple-A Norfolk after today's game, and a corresponding roster move will be announced tomorrow.

Manager Buck Showalter had indicated that the team might need to call up a right-handed long reliever for the Tigers series, which begins Monday, because of Detroit's righty-leaning lineup and the need to use McFarland for three-plus innings Sunday.

"We'll see. We'll talk about it," Showalter said after the game. "We'd like to make sure we have some length there. Detroit's primarily right-handed."

As I wrote earlier, Josh Stinson could be an option since he's been in the minors for the minimum 10 days, but the team would need to clear a spot on 40-man roster to bring him back to Baltimore.

Steve Johnson is also an option, as he hasn't pitched since Thursday.

McFarland, 24, heads back to the minors after posting a 3.86 ERA in three appearances for the Orioles.

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