NEW YORK—When Ji-Man Choi, the Rays’ third batter on Sunday, lined a shot off the right arm of Orioles starter Spenser Watkins, manager Brandon Hyde had to go to his bullpen. Hyde used six relievers in the 7-6, 11-inning win over the Rays, leaving the bullpen in tough shape for Monday’s game against the Yankees.
Before Monday’s game, the Orioles placed Watkins on the 15-day injured list because of a bruised right elbow. They optioned right-hander Mike Baumann and infielder/outfielder Tyler Nevin to Triple-A Norfolk. Right-handers Marcos Diplán, Logan Gillaspie and Beau Sulser were recalled from Norfolk.
That will give the Orioles 14 pitchers and three position players. After May 29th, teams will be limited to 13 pitchers.
“We had to make some moves to have some guys available to pitch tonight,” Hyde said. “Our bullpen did such an amazing job yesterday and guys picked up the slack. Some guys I threw in the game yesterday I didn’t want to throw and they ended up going multiple innings on top of that.”
Hyde wanted to give more playing time to Nevin, who was hitting .222 with a home run and seven RBIs. Nevin was with the club on Monday to work out, and he’ll head to Norfolk on Tuesday.
“That was not fun and unfortunate,” Hyde said of Nevin’s demotion. “Hoping he’s back really, really soon. Rosters change here coming up. Nev did a great job. I’m really happy with…