BALTIMORE—Catcher Pedro Severino hasn’t played since Sunday, and was scheduled to start on Friday. However, he’s been sick for several days, and the Orioles wanted to make sure they were protected, so they recalled catcher Austin Wynns from Triple-A Norfolk.
Wynns was optioned to the Tides on June 2, and was hitting .222 with three homers and 13 RBIs for Norfolk. He caught the ninth inning of the Orioles’ 11-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox.
Wynns has hit .233 with three RBIs in 15 games for the Orioles.
Chance Sisco wouldn’t have started against left-hander David Price, but he did because of Severino’s absence. The Orioles decided to call up Wynns on Friday morning.
The Orioles had planned to recall left-hander Tanner Scott to replace Tayler Scott, who is no relation. Tayler Scott was optioned after Wednesday night’s game.
Scott was placed on the taxi squad for Friday night’s game, and is expected to be activated for Saturday’s game.
New dad Alberto is back: Hanser Alberto returned after missing Wednesday’s game for the birth of his second child, a baby girl.
”It feels great,” Alberto said. “Being a dad for a second time is amazing. Mom’s good, baby’s good, life’s good. Now, I’ve got to work a little harder. Now, I’ve got two.”
Entering Friday’s game, Alberto was seventh in the American League with a .306 average — not bad for a player who was put on waivers three times this season.
“When you see your name there, you feel proud,” Alberto said. “All the hard work pays off. That’s what you want. You want to be together with the best players in the league.”
Bundy feeling better: Dylan Bundy is eligible to come off the 10-day injured list on Tuesday, and he’s so confident he’ll be starting against the Arizona Diamondbacks that he was walking around the clubhouse with a bat.
Bundy, who has tendinitis in his right knee, threw a bullpen session on Wednesday, and he was going to have bunting practice in advance of a game under National League rules.
“I might run the bases, too, get some practice on that,” Bundy said.
Cashner returns: Pitcher Andrew Cashner was on the field during batting practice, greeting Orioles who were his teammates a week ago. Cashner was traded to Boston on July 13 and starts against the Orioles on Sunday.
“It’s exciting,” Cashner said. “It’s a chance to win. It’s a chance to play for the defending World Series champs. I put myself in a situation to get traded, but to get traded to this team, I think this would be the ideal situation for me.”
Because Cashner was traded within the AL East, he doesn’t find the change to be jarring. He lost his first start for the Red Sox on Tuesday. Cashner pitched into the sixth inning but allowed six runs (five earned) on five hits in a 10-4 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays.
“It’s definitely an easier adjustment as far as knowing the hitters,” Cashner said. “I made a ton of starts against the AL East this year, and I think my next four starts are against the AL East. I think that part is nice, not having to do the extra homework.”