Stinson to start Wednesday
Right-handed pitcher Josh Stinson was in the Orioles clubhouse Tuesday afternoon and the 25-year-old will be added to the team’s 25 man roster and start Wednesday’s series finale against Toronto.
Stinson– who was in Baltimore over the weekend but never activated– has made one career Major League start in 20 games, which came last year for the Milwaukee Brewers. He was selected off waivers from Oakland on April 4 and is a career 0-2 with a 4.43 ERA.
“I’m very excited,” Stinson said. “Any time you get claimed, obviously the team sees something in you. And to be in the big leagues this fast, it is a great opportunity for me and I’m just going to try to take it and run with it.”
Assigned originally to the Orioles’ Triple-A club, Stinson has made two starts with Norfolk and allowed four runs (one earned) over 11 2/3 innings. Stinson pitched for Frederick over the weekend, which was in Potomac, Va. after he wasn’t needed in Baltimore, and has been with that affiliate since.
“I found out last night about 11 o’clock,” Stinson said of the promotion, with the news coming from Class-A Frederick’s manager Ryan Minor. “Luckily I was still in the clubhouse so I didn’t have to go back. I guess [director of player development] Brian Graham] gave him a call and now I’m here.”
Asked if he was surprised to get to the Majors so quickly, bypassing Norfolk’s other candidates in Zach Britton and Freddy Garcia, Stinson –who got up to 88 pitches in his last start– said yes.
“I mean, originally the first time I was claimed this spring [by the A’s] I was sent to Double-A,” he said. “So, it’s a surprise but it’s also, I see it as an opportunity.”
The team is expected to option a reliever to clear a spot for Stinson with newest addition Alex Burnett the most logical scenario.