Lefty Randy Wolf, whom the Orioles signed Aug. 31 after he was released by the Milwaukee Brewers, will get the starting assignment Sunday against the A’s. He’s made three outings in relief for the Orioles (2-0, 5.68 ERA) but hadn’t started a game since Aug. 19, when he allowed five runs for the Brewers in a loss to the Philadelphia Phillies.
“It’s great to have that opportunity,” said Wolf, who has started 366 of his 374 big league appearances in a 14-season career. “When I came over here I told them I’m going to help out whichever they need me, and they told me a couple days ago that they were thinking about having me start [Sunday] and today they told me. So, I’m definitely excited.”
Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he was choosing between Wolf and right-hander Steve Johnson. Johnson came into Saturday night's game to start the fifth inning in relief of Zach Britton.
This year, the 36-year-old Wolf was 3-10 with a 5.69 ERA in 25 games (24 starts) for the Brewers. That’s the worst ERA of his career.
“I always thought somewhere, somehow there was going to be a silver lining somewhere. With Milwaukee it was a nightmare year. I never had a year where I felt good, I felt healthy and just things were brutal,” Wolf said. “Coming here, you kind of feel a little rejuvenated and excited. I think those exciting feelings and rejuvenating feelings are enhanced when you get the call to make the start tomorrow.”