The Orioles will add two pitchers to their roster for Friday’s doubleheader against the Rays at Camden Yards.
Meek was spotted tonight at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (or BWI, to keep it simple), and I got it confirmed. He’s in town.
Starter Bud Norris will be placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Sunday, with a strained right groin. He underwent an MRI today that revealed the injury.
Meek is 2-0 with a 2.79 ERA in 17 appearances with Norfolk. He hasn’t pitched since Monday.
Meek hasn’t permitted a run in his last nine outings over 9 2/3 innings. Over that span, he’s gone 1-0
with three saves and a .156 opponents’ average against (5-for-32). Fourteen of his 17 outings with the Tides have been scoreless, and he’s walked one and struck out 17 in 19 1/3 innings.
Fresh arm, hot stretch.
The Orioles most recently optioned Meek to Norfolk on June 8 while activating reliever Tommy Hunter from the disabled list.
Manager Buck Showalter used six relievers in Wednesday night’s 5-4, 12-inning win over the White Sox, but he indicated that the off-day likely would allow the Orioles to avoid making a move.
So much for that idea.
Meek could be the 26th man for the doubleheader or he could be replacing Norris on the roster. Let’s find out together in the morning.