The Orioles purchased Eveland's contract to satisfy their need for bullpen depth for this afternoon's series finale against the
The club optioned utility man
The addition of Eveland means the Orioles will play Thursday's game with a three-man bench. But Orioles manager
"It doesn't have to be days, plural," Showalter said. "Today our need is to have some length out of the bullpen. … In a perfect world, you'd like to have four there [on the bench]. But we'll get back there again, hopefully after a good start today or tomorrow."
Eveland began making the 2 1/2-hour drive from Allentown, Pa., where Norfolk was playing Lehigh Valley, at 6:30 a.m. Thursday, getting a ride from minor league instruction coordinator Brian Graham.
"I feel good," Eveland said. "Glad to be back. I was a little surprised by it, especially after they took me off the roster. They didn't have much of a choice when sending me down. I'm assuming I'll be ready to go in the bullpen today."
Eveland allowed six runs on six hits over 3 1/3 innings in his first start at Norfolk since being assigned there last week, but said he threw the best bullpen session of his life two days ago.
"Hopefully, I can translate that into the game," Eveland said.
Eveland said he's learned to adjust to being designated twice this season -- and possibly a third time -- and shuttling back and forth between the Orioles and Triple-A. He could have become a free agent both times, but he would forfeit the remainder of his $750,000 contract with the O's.
"I'd rather go through that than be stuck [in Triple-A] the whole year," Eveland said. "If I have to do that to be a part of this team or to spend as much time here as I can, so be it."
Other news of note:
-- Second baseman
Here are this afternoon's lineups:
Omar Quintanilla 2B