Orioles make a couple of roster moves

June 21, 2019 - 7:39 pm

By: Gabrielle DiPaula

The Orioles are on a nine-game losing streak.  They were swept by the Red Sox and then by the Oakland Athletics in back-to-back series. Brandon Hyde and the Orioles decided to make some moves as they take on Seattle. 

Dan Straily who was picked up by the Orioles after the Marlins released him in April, was designated for assignment on Thursday.  Straily has a 9.82 ERA in 14 games with a 1.99 WHIP.

 Dwight Smith Jr. was reinstated from the 10-Day IL on Thursday after completing his rehab assignment with Triple-A Norfolk.  Smith reached base on a walk against the Mariners for his first game back Thursday night.

OF Joey Rickard was designated for assignment on June 17 and was claimed off of waivers on June 21 by the San Francisco Giants.  The Orioles selected the contract of LHP Sean Gilmartin, who will start against Seattle Friday night.    

After taking their first loss in the series against the Mariners on Thursday, the Orioles optioned LHP Paul Fry and RHP Evan Phillips to Triple-A Norfolk.  The Orioles recalled RHP Branden Kline from Double-A Bowie and LHP Tanner Scott from Triple-A Norfolk to hopefully add some fresher arms to the bull pen.

Trey Mancini is not on the injured list but is out of the lineup for the second game in a row. Mancini was hit by a pitch and left the game on Wednesday against the Athletics with a left elbow contusion.  

Gilmartin takes the mound as an opener for the first time since 2016.  John Means was originally supposed to start but was put on the 10-Day IL for a shoulder strain.

 Do you feel like it was right decision to start Gilmartin against Seattle? How about optioning Paul Fry?          

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