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Orioles recall Wei-Yin Chen, option T.J. McFarland to Norfolk

The Orioles continued to avoid cutting one of their extra outfielders. The roster move going along with Wei-Yin Chen's recall was to send T.J. McFarland back to Norfolk.

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The brief minor league exile of Wei-Yin Chen is over. The Orioles recalled Chen from Frederick before Friday's game against the Indians, kind of a necessary step since he is the starting pitcher for the game. To make room for Chen, the Orioles optioned T.J. McFarland back to Norfolk.

McFarland pitched two innings in Sunday's victory over the Red Sox, so he probably wasn't available today regardless. The O's might like to have another reliever in the bullpen tomorrow, but that's a problem that they can deal with tomorrow.

As it worked out, the Orioles had Chen avoid facing the lefty-killing Blue Jays, and possibly gave him just a little bit of a breather. In his career, he's had a slightly worse record of performance following 7+ IP starts, which is what he turned in before being optioned to the minor leagues.

Chen pitched a light load of only three innings in a brief outing in Frederick on Saturday. If he comes out tonight looking fresh and performing well, then the Orioles will have gotten away with this little experiment.

Was it all worth the trouble? Well, it saved them from having to cut an outfielder for ten days, and more, as it turns out, since they didn't even get rid of one of the surplus outfielders even when they activated Chen. Don't be surprised if they continue to avoid cutting an outfielder by placing Adam Jones on the DL if they add a reliever tomorrow.