Coming off a nearly five-hour, 14-inning, comeback win on Tuesday, the
don’t have much time to rebound.
And they need some reinforcements.
So the club recalled right-hander Steve Johnson from Triple-A Norfolk, and he will start Wednesday against the
Johnson will be taking the place of
Hunter will be available out of the bullpen, but he won't be asked to pitch as long as a starter normally would.
To make room for Johnson, the club optioned Tuesday’s starter,
There might be at least one other move made as well on Wednesday.
Johnson, a Baltimore native, St. Paul’s graduate and son of former Oriole pitcher and current MASN broadcaster Dave Johnson, will be making his first big league start. His lone major-league appearance came July 15 at home against Detroit. He allowed one hit – a
At Norfolk this year, Johnson is 4-8 with a 2.86 ERA in 19 games (14 starts). The 24-year-old allowed 66 hits and 31 walks while striking out 86 batters. He's on regular, four-days' rest.
Meanwhile, Britton's brief time in the majors has come to an end for now. On Tuesday, he allowed eight hits and four walks in five innings, giving up seven runs (four earned). Britton permitted four earned runs or more and failed to get through six innings in four of his five Orioles' starts this season.
He threw just 48 of his 87 pitches for strikes Tuesday and served up two more homers, for five in his last three games. In those three starts, he's allowed 17 earned runs in 13 1/3 innings, for an 11.48 ERA. This season he has an 8.10 ERA.
In another Orioles pitching note,
Arrieta was blasted for five earned runs on eight hits and three walks. Again, his pitch count was way too high – he threw 80 pitches (48 for strikes) without getting out of the fourth.