Orioles select contract of Ramon Ramirez

The Orioles brought up a fresh arm for their bullpen today, purchasing the contract of reliever Ramon Ramirez from Triple-A Norfolk and optioning Evan Meek.

The move leaves the Orioles’ with the same number of relievers, but Meek threw 24 pitches yesterday and was charged with four runs in one inning. Ramirez tossed two innings Saturday for the Tides and is available tonight.

He’s also on a roll.

Ramirez, 32, has registered eight scoreless innings for Norfolk in five relief appearances this season, striking out 14 and not issuing a walk. He’s 23-21 with a 3.42 ERA in 423 major league games over eight seasons with Colorado (2006-07), Kansas City (2008), Boston (2009-10), San Francisco (2010-11, ‘13) and the Mets (2012).

The Orioles agreed to terms with Ramirez on May 31 and sent him to the minor league complex in Sarasota before assigning him to Norfolk. The Orioles had room on the 40-man roster so no corresponding room was necessary.

Meek, 31, is 0-3 with a 7.47 ERA over 15 2/3 innings and 15 games for the Orioles this season.

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