Right-hander Josh Stinson said he’s had a heck of a “vacation/traveling” junket the past few days and weeks.
The 25-year-old right-hander learned late last night that he would be starting for the Orioles on Wednesday against the Toronto Blue Jays, just his second big league start of his career.
“I’m very excited,” said Stinson, a 37th round pick of the New York Mets in 2006 who has played in the majors for the Mets and Milwaukee Brewers. “Any time you get claimed, obviously the team sees something in you. And to be in the big leagues this fast, like I said, it is a great opportunity for me and I’m just going to try to take it and run with it.
It will punctuate what has been a whirlwind time for Stinson since March 29, when the Brewers put him on waivers and he was claimed by the Oakland A’s and sent to Double-A.
The A’s waived less than a week later and the Orioles claimed him on April 4.
Stinson made two starts at Norfolk – going 1-0 with a 0.77 ERA and allowing just one earned run in 11 2/3 innings – and then things got really wacky.
He was supposed to start for the Tides last Friday, but the game was rained out. The Orioles flew him into Baltimore in case they needed him in between games of Saturday’s doubleheader, but they didn’t so they sent him to High-A Frederick. He got the call to leave the Keys and come back to Baltimore around 11 p.m. last night.
“I flew out here Saturday,” he said. “Then went to Potomac, Saturday afternoon, threw two innings there, then traveled with Frederick to Myrtle Beach Sunday afternoon. Then flew here today.”
And on Wednesday he will face an American League East rival in a big league game.
"I think every time you come to a new organization you want to make it home,” Stinson said. “Making that adjustment, it’s not easy. You get to meet 25 new guys every time you move. So I mean, you hope that it’s home.”
Stinson is 1-0 with a 1.32 ERA in three minor league starts this season. He is already on the 40-man roster.
Oftentimes, starting catcher Matt Wieters asks to be behind the plate when a pitcher makes his club debut, but with a night game Tuesday, a day game Wednesday and a West Coast flight Wednesday night, manager Buck Showalter said reserve Taylor Teagarden will catch Stinson in his first Orioles appearance. The club has not committed to whether Stinson will get a second start.
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Lefty Tsuyoshi Wada (May 2012 elbow surgery) threw roughly 69 pitches in four innings of work in an extended spring game Tuesday, Showalter said. He will progress to a five-inning stint in his next outing. Then his schedule will be re-evaluated. … Jason Hammel, who pitched the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader, is scheduled to start the series opener in Oakland on Thursday. Wei-Yin Chen, who started Saturday’s nightcap, will get an extra day’s rest and pitch Friday. Showalter said he does not expect Hammel to leave early for the West Coast. He will travel with the team. … Garcia pitched Tuesday for Triple-A Norfolk. It was his fourth start for the Tides. He agreed to make five starts before the Orioles have to decide on whether he should be promoted to the majors. … Right-hander Steve Johnson (lat strain) will make his regular season debut today for Norfolk.