ANAHEIM -- The Orioles announced on Thursday that they have recalled infielder Joe Mahoney from Triple-A Norfolk.
"It was a surprise," said Mahoney, who was pinch-hit for in the eighth inning of Norfolk's game on Wednesday. "I'm starting to hit a little bit better, but I still knew I wasn't where I need to be. But I'm here to help out wherever I can."
The 25-year-old Mahoney has batted .257/.312/.355 with 14 doubles, five home runs and 38 RBIs in 84 games with the Tides this season. Originally selected by the Orioles in the sixth round of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Richmond, Mahoney will be making his Major League debut.
He will take the spot of Chris Tillman, who was optioned after Wednesday's game to Double-A Bowie to stay on track and avoid a long layoff during the All-Star break. Tillman will pitch the team's third game in the second half.
Mahoney, who was already on the team's 40-man roster, gives the Orioles another bench player. He will wear jersey number 54.
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