It looks like Tommy Hunter has been demoted back to minors, and considering how things have gone with him — especially after Thursday’s start, who could blame the team? The Orioles are in it to win, and they have to look at all the weak links. I’d imagine that he would be promoted back once rosters expand in September.
As for Matusz, according to reports, he’ll be pitching in relief. It’s quite a good move, as he could be effective against left-handers. For him, the starting-on-the-mound idea has not gone too well for the last two seasons…
Orioles recall LHP Brian Matusz from Triple-A Norfolk, reinstate INF Ryan Flaherty from the 15-day disabled list
RHP Tommy Hunter optioned to Double-A Bowie, LHP J.C. Romero designated for assignment
The Orioles today announced that they have recalled LHP BRIAN MATUSZ from Triple-A Norfolk and activated INF RYAN FLAHERTY from the 15-day disabled list. Additionally, RHP TOMMY HUNTER has been optioned to the Baysox and LHP J.C. ROMERO has been designated for assignment.
Matusz went 2-1 with one save and a 4.21 ERA (47.0IP, 22ER) in 10 games (six starts) with the Tides. He made his last four appearances as a reliever (6.0IP, 4ER, 9K), including consecutive outings on August 21 and 22. Matusz held left-handed hitters to a .258/.288/.274 line in 62 at-bats at Triple-A.
Flaherty batted .289/.341/.526 in nine rehab games with Norfolk, hitting safely in each of his last six games. He appeared at first base, second base, third base, left field and right field.
Hunter has gone 4-8 with a 5.95 ERA (121.0IP, 80ER) in 23 games (20 starts) over four stints with the Orioles this season.
Romero pitched to a 6.75 ERA (4.0IP, 3ER) in five appearances with the Orioles.