Orioles add six more to September roster - BaltimoreBaseball.com

Rich Dubroff

Orioles add six more to September roster

The Orioles added six more players for Tuesday’s doubleheader with the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Left-handed pitcher Ty Blach, right-handers David Hess, Evan Phillips, Chandler Shepherd and catcher Austin Wynns, all of whom were on the roster at some time during the season, were recalled from Triple-A Norfolk.

Outfielder Mason Williams had his contract selected from Norfolk.

The additional six gives the Orioles 35 players, including 19 pitchers.

Blach, who was optioned to the Tides on August 23, is 0-2 with a 12.15 ERA in three starts. He’ll start the first game of the doubleheader.

Hess, who was in the Orioles’ starting rotation for much of the season’s first half, is 1-10 with a 7.44 ERA in 20 games, 14 of them starts. With Norfolk, Hess was 3-2 with a 4.57 ERA and a save.

Phillips is 0-1 with an 8.84 ERA in 18 games with the Orioles. In 27 games, he was 1-2 with a 3.86 ERA and a save at Norfolk.

Shepherd pitched in one game, allowing a run on five hits in four innings with the Orioles. At Norfolk, Shepherd was 3-5 with a 4.60 ERA in 14 games with the Tides. His 1.62 ERA in five starts last month earned him the International League Player of the Month for August.

Wynns, who spent much of 2018 with the Orioles, hit .233 with three RBIs in 16 games this season. With the Tides, Wynns hit .264 with three homers and 25 RBIs in 62 games.

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Williams, who drew attention with his .308 average, .371 on-base percentage and .848 OPS with Norfolk, had 18 home runs and 67 RBIs.

The 28-year-old has a .289 average with three homers and 12 RBIs in 76 major leagues games over the past four seasons with the New York Yankees and Cincinnati.

To make room for Williams on the 40-man roster, the Orioles designated infielder Jace Peterson for assignment. Peterson hit .220 with two home runs and 11 RBIs in 29 games

The Orioles did not recall International League Most Valuable Player Ryan Mountcastle or outfielder Austin Hays from Norfolk. Mountcastle would have needed to be placed on the 40-man roster and Hays will get additional at-bats in the Arizona Fall League.

With 35 players, there are only five on the 40-man roster who aren’t on the major league team: Hays, outfielder Cedric Mullins, who will continue with Double-A Bowie when the Baysox begin the Eastern league playoffs on Wednesday, and pitchers Cody Carroll, Luis Ortiz and Tayler Scott.

Carroll and Ortiz’s seasons were shortened by injuries.

Carroll, who had a back injury, pitched just two late-season games for Gulf Coast. Ortiz didn’t pitch for Norfolk after July 2, and threw an inning for Gulf Coast on August 15.

Scott was on the 25-man roster for three games while John Means was on the family medical emergency list.

The Orioles recalled pitchers Branden Kline, Tanner Scott and outfielder Dwight Smith Jr. on Sunday and activated Shawn Armstrong from the 10-day injured list. Mark Trumbo was activated from the 60-day injured list on Monday while the team designated pitcher Tom Eshelman for assignment.

Trumbo was the 56th player used by the Orioles this season, equaling last season’s club record. Williams, who is in the lineup for the first game, will be the record-setting 57th player.

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