Posted on 07 June 2013 by WNST Staff
The Orioles announced FRIDAY that they have recalled left-handed pitcher Mike Belfiore from Triple-A Norfolk.
Belfiore, 24, is 1-0 with a 4.20 ERA (30.0IP, 14ER) and 31 strikeouts in 17 games with the Tides. He has held left-handed hitters to a .224 average, recording more strikeouts (15) than hits allowed (11) in 49 at-bats against. Belfiore, who will wear #65, was with the Orioles earlier this season, May 12-13, but did not appear in a game. His first appearance will be his major league debut.
With this move, the Orioles 25-man roster is now full.
Posted on 13 May 2013 by WNST Staff
The Orioles announced Monday that they have optioned LHP MIKE BELFIORE to Triple-A Norfolk.
Belfiore, 24, was recalled prior to Sunday’s game but did not pitch. Belfiore was 1-0 with a 5.52 ERA (14.2IP, 9ER) and 17 strikeouts in 10 games for the Tides. In 2012, with Double-A Bowie, Belfiore was 5-1 with a 2.85 ERA (47.1IP, 15ER) in 28 games.
A corresponding roster move will be announced Tuesday.
Posted on 12 May 2013 by Luke Jones
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Prior to their series finale with the Minnesota Twins on Sunday, the Orioles recalled left-handed pitcher Mike Belfiore to add an extra arm in a taxed bullpen.
Belfiore took the roster spot of right-handed pitcher Steve Johnson, who was optioned back to Triple-A Norfolk after allowing six earned runs in four innings of work in Saturday’s 8-5 loss to the Twins. The 24-year-old Belfiore was acquired from the Arizona Diamondbacks to complete the Josh Bell trade last year and was originally selected by Arizona in the first round (45th overall) of the 2009 amateur draft out of Boston College.
In 10 appearances with Norfolk this season, Belfiore sports a 1-0 record with a 5.52 ERA. His promotion was necessary after relievers Troy Patton, T.J. McFarland, and Tommy Hunter were each used for extended outings over the first two games of the three-game set at Target Field.
Manager Buck Showalter will now have four southpaws in his bullpen as Belfiore joins Brian Matusz, Patton, and McFarland. The Orioles also had veteran Freddy Garcia available to work in relief in case Sunday’s starter Wei-Yin Chen was unable to pitch deep into the game. The Orioles will benefit from a day off Monday to give their bullpen some needed rest before starting an eight-game homestand on Tuesday.
Belfiore has been on the 40-man roster since this past offseason. He was 5-1 with a 2.85 ERA in 28 appearances spanning 47 1/3 innings for Double-A Bowie last year.
He will wear No. 65 and had never appeared in the major leagues prior to Sunday’s promotion.
Posted on 11 March 2013 by WNST Staff
ORIOLES OPTION THREE TO NORFOLK
The Orioles today announced that they have optioned RHP ZACH CLARK, LHP MIKE BELFIORE andOF XAVIER AVERY to Triple-A Norfolk.
With these assignments, the Orioles now have 53 players at major league spring training, including 16 non-roster invitees.