Os option Meek and add Ramirez

Orioles manager Buck Showalter prefaced his media session Monday afternoon with the possibility that the team would add pitching prior to the game and that’s exactly what they did.

The Orioles selected the contract of right-hander Ramon Ramirez from Triple-A Norfolk and optioned righty Evan Meek to give them another rested bullpen arm behind Ubaldo Jimenez on Monday.

The 32-year-old Ramirez has pitched eight scoreless innings for the Tides in five relief appearances this season, striking out 14 without allowing a walk. He is a career 23-21 with a 3.42 ERA in 423 Major League games over eight seasons with Colorado (2006-07), Kansas City (2008), Boston (2009-10), San Francisco (2010-11, ‘13) and the Mets (2012).

Meek, 31, is 0-3 with a 7.47 ERA in 15 games for the Orioles this season and last pitched on Sunday, allowing four earned runs. The move helps the O’s cover themselves in the event of another short start and gives them another option with lefty reliever T.J. McFarland the likely candidate to get Tuesday’s start.

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