Orioles right-hander Tommy Hunter, the starter in Sunday’s marathon in Boston, has been demoted to Triple-A Norfolk to make room for reliever Jason Berken.
The Orioles needed bullpen help after the 17-inning victory against the Red Sox on Sunday. Hunter lasted just 4 1/3 innings and gave up eight hits, one walk and five runs.
“Physically, I’m fine, but mentally …,” Hunter said moments after being told he was being demoted.
Hunter is 2-1 with a 5.00 ERA in six starts. He has allowed nine home runs in 36 innings pitched.
“It’s upsetting, but you’ve got to pitch better. You have to pitch better in the big leagues,” Hunter said. “I’ve got to keep the ball down.”