Meredith to Triple-A

TORONTO– As expected the Orioles recalled right-hander Chris Tillman from Triple-A Norfolk following Friday’s 5-0 loss. To make room for Tillman, the club optioned sidearmer Cla Meredith back to Norfolk.

“I’ve been in a rut before, I don’t panic, but I’m not the one who calls shots around here,” Meredith said.

“I’m kind of at the mercy of my employer. I’m 26 years old, my arm’s very healthy as is the rest of my body and I envision pitching for a long time whether it’s here or somewhere else.”

The right-hander went 0-2 with a 5.40 ERA in 21 appearances and still has an option remaining, meaning the Orioles don’t have to risk exposing him to waivers.

Meredith has been used in a myriad of roles in the wake of injuries to Mike Gonzalez, Jim Johnson, Koji Uehara and Alfredo Simon and acknowledged Friday night that it’s been a “weird” year for him. He came in lieu of Mark Hendrickson Thursday night and allowed a base-clearing double to the first A’s batter he faced, giving way to a Baltimore’s 7-5 loss. Meredith also allowed Sunday’s walkoff homer to Josh Willingham, sealing the Orioles’ 10-inning defeat to the Nationals.

“This [decision] is one those things I can’t really control,” he said. “I can control when I have the ball in my hand on the mound but I guess really I haven’t exactly done a stellar job. But, like I said, I’ve had bad weeks before and been just fine.”

“I envision the same this time. And we’ll go from there.”

Meredith hasn’t pitched in the Minors since the Padres optioned him to Triple-A Portland on Aug. 15, 2008. The club recalled him just two weeks later.

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