Posted on 21 June 2014 by Luke Jones
As if the sting of Carlos Beltran’s walk-off home run weren’t enough on Friday night, the Orioles raised eyebrows with the decision to option right-handed pitcher Kevin Gausman to Triple-A Norfolk following the heartbreaking 5-3 loss to the New York Yankees.
Manager Buck Showalter needed another bullpen arm after long man T.J. McFarland pitched two innings in the series-opening contest at Yankee Stadium, and the Orioles recalled right-handed pitcher Brad Brach from Triple-A Norfolk to take Gausman’s spot on the 25-man roster prior to Saturday’s game. Brach has posted a 5.40 ERA in 18 1/3 innings with the Orioles this season.
The Orioles have been going with a six-man bullpen since they began using a six-man rotation, which necessitated the need to temporarily take a starting pitcher off the roster.
The good news is that the impressive 23-year-old shouldn’t be be gone for long as the Orioles can bring back Gausman as their 26th man for the split doubleheader against the Tampa Bay Rays next Friday. This essentially means the only consequence for sending him down is moving his next scheduled start from Wednesday to Friday with an off-day between those games.
Since being recalled on June 7, Gausman is 3-0 with a 0.95 ERA in three starts spanning 19 innings. The decision isn’t ideal with the current six-man rotation already providing extra rest to starters, but there’s no logical reason to believe the Orioles wouldn’t bring him back for next Friday’s start.
Of course, the Orioles can only hope they haven’t messed with the 2012 first-round pick’s good vibes as Gausman would be making his next start on eight days’ rest if he is in fact recalled next Friday.
Posted on 16 May 2014 by WNST Staff
The Orioles announced Friday that they have recalled right-handed pitcher Brad Brach from Triple-A Norfolk and designated right-handed pitcher Evan Meek for assignment off of the 25-man roster.
Brach, 28, has gone 3-1 with a 3.26 ERA (19.1IP, 7ER), five walks and 38 strikeouts in 15 appearances for the Tides. He appeared in two games for the Orioles earlier this season.
Meek, 31, was recalled yesterday. He has gone 0-1 with a 6.94 ERA (11.2IP, 9ER) in 12 appearances for the Orioles earlier this season.
Posted on 02 May 2014 by WNST Staff
The Orioles announced Friday that they have recalled right-handed pitcher Brad Brach from Triple-A Norfolk.
Brach, 28, was 2-1 with a 4.85 ERA (13.0IP, 7ER) in 12 games for the Tides. He will wear number 35.
Posted on 25 March 2014 by WNST Staff
ORIOLES OPTION RHP BRAD BRACH
The Orioles today announced that they have optioned RHP BRAD BRACH to Triple-A Norfolk.
With this move, the Orioles now have 40 players at major league spring training, including six non-roster invitees.
Posted on 25 November 2013 by WNST Staff
The Orioles announced Monday that they have acquired right-handed pitcher Brad Brach from the San Diego Padres in exchange for minor league right-handed pitcher Devin Jones.
Brach, 27, posted a 3.19 ERA (31.0IP, 11ER, 31K) in 33 games for San Diego in 2013. In three major league seasons with the Padres, he has gone 3-6 with a 3.70 ERA (104.2IP, 43ER) in 109 relief appearances, averaging 10.1 strikeouts per 9.0 innings. In six minor league seasons, Brach pitched to a 2.34 ERA (277.1IP, 72ER) and recorded 118 saves in 250 relief appearances, posting 10.8 K/9 and 1.8 BB/9. He was originally selected by San Diego in the 42nd round of the 2008 First Year Player Draft out of Monmouth University (NJ).
Jones, 23, went 5-7 with a 5.64 ERA (129.1IP, 81ER) in 25 total starts for Class-A Frederick (one GS) and Double-A Bowie (24 GS) in 2013. Originally selected by the Orioles in the 9th round of the 2011 First Year Player Draft out of Mississippi State University, Jones went 15-18 with a 4.47 ERA (262.0IP, 130ER) in 67 games (34 GS) in three seasons in the Baltimore system.
With this move, the Orioles now have 37 players on the 40-man roster.