Kremer put on injured list and Heasley optioned

CHICAGO - The Orioles are running out of starters.

The team announced today that it placed Dean Kremer on the 15-day injured list with a right triceps strain, retroactive to Tuesday. They also optioned Jonathan Heasley to Triple-A Norfolk.

On the other side of the transaction, the Orioles recalled relievers Dillon Tate and Nick Vespi from Norfolk.

Kremer was supposed to start Saturday afternoon against the White Sox. He’s joining John Means on the IL.

Kremer is 3-4 with a 4.32 ERA and 1.120 WHIP in nine starts. He’s allowed eight earned runs and 11 total in his last two games covering 9 2/3 innings.

Heasley was recalled yesterday, retired the side in order in the eighth and was charged with four runs in the ninth. Three scored after he left.

Tate was optioned April 29. He had a 2.84 ERA and 1.026 WHIP in 11 appearances.

Tate made seven appearances with Norfolk and registered a 3.86 ERA and 0.714 WHIP in seven innings.

Vespi is up for the third time. He was the 27th man for Wednesday afternoon’s game in St. Louis and tossed a scoreless eighth inning.

Corbin Burnes is starting tonight. He’s 4-2 with a 2.41 ERA and 1.022 WHIP in 10 starts. Seven of those starts are quality by definition, including the last five.

Burnes has made two starts and a relief appearance against the White Sox in his career and allowed eight runs in 15 1/3 innings. Paul DeJong is 6-for-19 with a double and two home runs.

Chicago right-hander Chris Flexen has made eight starts and two relief appearances and registered a 5.48 ERA and 1.353 WHIP in 44 1/3 innings. He faced the Yankees Sunday and allowed seven runs and eight hits in four innings.

Right-handers are hitting .306/.361/.508 against Flexen in his XX major league games, and left-handers are hitting .248/.321/.402.

Flexen has made three career starts against the Orioles and allowed eight earned runs (nine total) and 17 hits in 16 innings. Ryan Mountcastle is 4-for-6 with two doubles against him. Anthony Santander is 3-for-9.

For the Orioles

Gunnar Henderson SS
Jordan Westburg 3B
Ryan O'Hearn DH
Ryan Mountcastle 1B
Anthony Santander RF
Austin Hays LF
Cedric Mullins CF
Jorge Mateo 2B
James McCann C

Corbin Burnes RHP

For the White Sox

Tommy Pham CF
Andrew Vaughn 1B
Gavin Sheets DH
Paul DeJong SS
Corey Julks RF
Korey Lee C
Andrew Benintendi LF
Danny Mendick 3B
Nicky Lopez 2B

Chris Flexen RHP

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