OAKLAND -- The Orioles on Tuesday recalled lefty reliever T.J. McFarland from Triple-A Norfolk and optioned right-hander Tyler Wilson to Triple-A to clear a roster spot.
Wilson, who picked up his second career win on Monday night, gave the O's an excellent spot-start, going 7 2/3 innings in a 9-2 win over the A's. The righty saved the bullpen and gave the Orioles a lift, pitching in place of the injured Chris Tillman. But sending Wilson back to Norfolk was inevitable as the O's were short in the 'pen.
"Any opportunity to be up here with these guys and be a part of what they are trying to do here in August and ultimately in September and October, I'm thankful for," Wilson said. "It's not easy going down at any point, because it's not where you want to be, but at the same time I totally understand my role and I'll be ready to fulfill it the next time the phone rings."
McFarland was called on to pitch the seventh and eighth innings of Tuesday night's 5-0 loss to the A's, and allowed one hit and no runs while striking out two. He is 0-1 with a 2.35 ERA, allowing four earned runs over 15 1/3 innings across 12 games with the Orioles this season. The 26-year-old went 2-3 with a 2.91 ERA and a save in 16 games (nine starts) with Norfolk. He was last with Baltimore on June 28.
"I feel great right now. I'm really happy about the callup and the timing of it, too. I feel like I'm on top of my game," said McFarland, who has allowed one earned run over his last four appearances (eight innings) for Norfolk. "That month down there, it was a little rough being down there instead of here, but I think I benefited from it greatly."