The Baltimore Orioles decided to send down starting pitcher Josh Stinson after the team’s 6-5 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays in extra innings Wednesday afternoon. The Orioles lost the game after closer Jim Johnson walked Maicer Izturis on four straight pitches with the bases loaded to give the Blue Jays the win.
Stinson was claimed by the Orioles off waivers on April 4. He was specifically called up on Wednesday to make the start against Toronto in order to help preserve Baltimore’s overused bullpen. Unfortunately, he was not able to give the performance Orioles manager Buck Showalter was hoping he would get.
The 25-year-old allowed five earned runs on five hits while striking out three batters in 5 2/3 innings. It was only the second start of his Major League Baseball career. The other came with the Milwaukee Brewers last season.
“I was hoping Josh would pitch real well and get us deep, and he actually did give us a chance,” Showalter told Orioles.com. “He got us into some innings that we could manage out of the bullpen.”
Even though Stinson did eat some innings, which was his entire purpose of being called up, Baltimore was hoping to record the sweep over Toronto.
Stinson is being sent down because the Orioles will not need a fifth starter until Monday. However, what they will need is another arm in the bullpen to help aid the relievers. Since the right-hander just tossed 76 pitches, he is useless to Baltimore for their weekend series. For that, the team will call on someone else from Triple-A to take Stinson’s spot on the active roster.