Orioles option Burnett back to Norfolk before reliever appears in game

April 24, 2013 | WNST Staff

Prior to Wednesday’s series finale against the Toronto Blue Jays, the Orioles optioned relief pitcher Alex Burnett back to Triple-A Norfolk to make room for starting pitcher Josh Stinson.

Stinson, 25, was claimed off of waivers from Oakland on April 4. He went 1-0 with a 0.77 ERA (11.2IP, ER) in two starts with the Tides. He also made one appearance with Single-A Frederick. Stinson will wear No. 60.

In seven minor league seasons in the Mets and Brewers organizations, Stinson was 41-49 with a 3.98 ERA (707.1IP, 313ER). He was originally selected by the Mets in the 37th round of the 2006 First Year Player Draft out of Northwood High School in Shreveport, LA. Stinson is 0-2 with a 4.43 ERA (22.1IP, 11ER) in 20 major league games with the New York Mets (2011) and Milwaukee Brewers (2012).

Burnett was recalled on Monday to take the place of struggling starting pitcher Jake Arrieta, who was demoted to Triple A after his early-season struggles. However, the right-hander Burnett didn’t appear in a game in his brief time in Baltimore

The 25-year-old was claimed off waivers from Toronto on April 12. He went 4-4 with a 3.52 ERA (71.2IP, 28ER) in 67 appearances for Minnesota in 2012.

Burnett is 1-0 in three scoreless appearances for the Tides this season.