The Orioles bullpen remains in flux as right-handed pitcher Chaz Roe was placed on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder tendinitis.
Right-handed pitcher Mychal Givens was recalled from Double-A Bowie to replace him as Baltimore began a three-game series in Seattle on Monday night.
Roe is 2-2 with a 3.12 ERA in 34 2/3 innings this season, striking out 35 and walking 13. The 28-year-old pitched brilliantly with a 0.90 ERA in his first 15 appearances since being promoted from the minors in late May, but his 6.14 ERA in 14 2/3 innings dating back to June 30 created cause for concern. He allowed a leadoff double in the bottom of the 11th inning in Sunday’s 5-4 loss to the Los Angeles Angels.
After previously pitching in the majors for Arizona and the New York Yankees, Roe signed a minor-league contract with the Orioles last winter.
The 25-year-old Givens had pitched four scoreless innings in two brief stints with the Orioles this season before being optioned back to Bowie to make room for Rule 5 pick Jason Garcia last week, a move met with criticism in the midst of a pennant race. Executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said the Orioles traded veteran right-hander Tommy Hunter on July 31 to make room for the talented Givens in the bullpen.
Givens, a former shortstop in the Baltimore farm system, pitched to a 1.73 ERA with 15 saves in 57 1/3 innings for the Baysox this season.