Os adding McFarland
The Orioles plan on activating lefty T.J. McFarland prior to Tuesday’s series opener in Toronto, a move that will add some help to an overused bullpen.
McFarland was in line to start today for Triple-A Norfolk and this is the reason the O’s made sure the lefty and Kevin Gausman were a few days apart in case the big league club had a need. Manager Buck Showalter has had to cover an awful lot of innings for his starters and there’s at least three guys he’d like to stay away from using on Tuesday night.
So, who goes for McFarland? There’s not a whole lot of optionable guys in the bullpen. Evan Meek could be optioned, but he’s not going anywhere. Neither is Darren O’Day, who allowed his first earned run of the season –along with lefty Zach Britton– in yesterday’s game. Ryan Webb struck out the side in Sunday’s game, and has been solid as well. Josh Stinson, along with Britton and closer Tommy Hunter, is out of options. See where I’m going with this?
Steve Pearce looks like a possible candidate given his lack of playing time, although the O’s will monitor J.J. Hardy’s hamstring situation very closely. He was doing better yesterday and nobody thinks it’s a disabled list situation at this point. Pearce’s playing time has been few and far between, he’s started just one game this season and the O’s are going to have to make a move to activate McFarland. They don’t have an off day close enough to try to do anything with the starting rotation.