All signs point to the Orioles' recalling left-hander Dana Eveland from Triple-A Norfolk to start Friday's series opener against the Tampa Bay Rays at Camden Yards.
Eveland was removed from Monday's start for Triple-A Norfolk after throwing just 63 pitches against Louisville. He threw five shutout innings and allowed just four hits. Eveland is not listed among Tides starters for games this week.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter said there were "multiple candidates" for Friday's start, a spot vacated by right-hander Tommy Hunter, who was optioned to Norfolk on Monday after struggling in his past two outings.
But — assuming the Orioles' plans aren't altered by rainouts or injuries — Showalter acknowledged, "We pretty much know what we're going to do.
"There could be a lot of moving pieces there. I think we have a pretty good feel for what we're going to do if the weather cooperates. But we did some things [Monday] to put us in a position to have options."
Eveland, signed by Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette this offseason to compete for a starting rotation spot, has pitched well in Triple-A. The ground-ball pitcher, 28, is 3-2 with a 2.21 ERA in 362/3 innings over six starts. He has gone at least six innings in four outings and went five innings in the other two.
The Orioles will need to make a move to add Eveland to the 40-man roster. They could place a currently injured player on the 60-day disabled list: second baseman Brian Roberts, who has been on the 15-day DL since March 26, or catcher Taylor Teagarden, placed on it April 4, are possibilities.
But with Roberts staying with the team and attempting to come back from concussion symptoms, Teagarden, who has had three epidural shots in his back, is the more likely candidate.
Phillips up, Berken down
Left-hander Zach Phillips, the last roster casualty in spring training, was recalled by the Orioles to provide more depth in a bullpen that had thrown 162/3 innings in the past two games.
Phillips, 25, had a 1.13 ERA in 10 games for the Orioles last year. This season at Norfolk, he had a 4.15 ERA and three saves in nine games. He allowed 15 hits, five walks and struck out 11 in 13 innings. Phillips was hoping to break camp with the Orioles but is just one month behind in his goal.
"They had a tough choice to make. And so be it," Phillips said. "I'm glad to be back, and hopefully I can stay and help the team win."
Showalter said he hasn't made a determination on whether Phillips or fellow reliever Troy Patton will be used as a lefty specialist or whether both will continue to pitch against both left-handed and right-handed hitters.
"I don't think there's enough track record to feel that for sure," Showalter said. "But I think both of these guys, he and Troy, have the potential to do both, which is unusual. I hope that they can."
Right-hander Jason Berken was sent down after spending one day with the team. He allowed seven runs (two earned) in one inning of relief Monday against the Texas Rangers. He will start Sunday for Norfolk.
Snyder's big day
Texas' Brandon Snyder, a 2005 first-round pick of the Orioles', had a career day against his old club Monday with three hits, including a three-run homer against former teammate Brian Matusz, and a career-best six RBIs. Snyder, a Virginia native, acknowledged Monday felt different before he even stepped to the plate.
"The biggest thing [Monday], I hadn't really been super nervous in a long time, and I woke up nervous. I had a feeling I had a chance to maybe play," said Snyder, who was dealt to the Rangers this offseason for cash considerations.
"Obviously, when I got traded, the first thing that comes to mind is if I am in the big leagues at any point, I may have a chance to play against the Orioles," Snyder said. "It's obviously a special moment to come back home and have family and friends here, and [to] get a chance to play is obviously special. And then, on top of it, to have a good night — it was awesome."
Snyder reiterated that he holds no ill feelings toward the Orioles — it simply was a situation that didn't work out.
"To me, the Orioles are really the team that gave me the opportunity, and they gave me an opportunity to come [to Texas]," he said. "And I can't thank the Rangers enough for giving me a chance. This has been awesome."
Reimold eyeing return
Orioles left fielder Nolan Reimold, who is on the DL with a bulging disk in his neck, said it "is a possibility" that he'll return to the team when he is eligible next Wednesday. He said he feels like the medication he is taking to reduce inflammation is working, though the pain and numbness has not completely subsided. He said he is still considered "day-to-day."
"As soon as it's pain-free, as soon as the numbness goes away, as soon as I'm sure there will be a little bit of progression into doing activities, that sort of thing. I'll know when it's ready," he said.
Around the horn
Newly signed infielder Miguel Tejada was the designated hitter in the Orioles' extended spring game Tuesday in Sarasota, Fla. … Left-hander Zach Britton will throw 45 pitches in an extended spring training game Thursday. … Minor league right-hander Oliver Drake (Navy) threw 57 pitches (four innings) in an extended spring training game. … On Monday, righty Stu Pomeranz became the first Oriole to throw three or more scoreless innings in his big league debut since Jimmy Myers on April 6, 1996. ... The Orioles named Dylan Bundy their Minor League Pitcher of the Month for April. The 19-year-old pitched 17 scoreless innings for Low-A Delmarva. Single-A Frederick outfielder Ron Welty was honored as the Minor League Player of the Month for April.
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