Orioles recall left-handed reliever Viola
Double-A Bowie left-handed reliever Pedro Viola was recalled today for the Orioles' series finale against Oakland. The move gives the Orioles another bullpen arm after they optioned Saturday night's starter, Brad Bergesen, to Triple-A Norolk.
Viola's big league stay will likely be a short one with starter Brian Matusz in line to be activated from the disabled list Wednesday and start that afternoon against the Seattle Mariners.
Bergesen allowed three runs (two earned) in 5 2/3 innings in a 4-2 loss to the A's Saturday and was sent to the minors after the game. He is 1-6 with a 5.36 ERA in 10 games (nine starts) for the Orioles.
The 27-year-old Viola, who pitched in two games with the Orioles in September, is 3-1 with a 1.80 ERA at Bowie.