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Orioles recall Mychal Givens from Bowie

The Orioles have a space in the bullpen since Bud Norris was designated for assignment. The untouchable Mychal Givens is returning from Bowie to take it.

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The name of Mychal Givens was reportedly labeled as untouchable by the Orioles in advance of Friday's non-waiver trade deadline. Why that is, nobody really knows, but it is a signal they really like him. The O's called him back up to the big leagues on Friday afternoon.

Earlier in the day, the Orioles completed the Gerardo Parra trade, in the process designating Bud Norris for assignment. That cleared up a 25-man roster space as well as a 40-man roster space. Parra won't actually claim the active roster spot until he arrives in Baltimore, which may not happen until Saturday. So in the meantime the Orioles can bring up an extra reliever to take the spot vacated by Norris. You know Dan Duquette isn't going to go a player short if he can do anything to avoid it.

Whenever Parra arrives, whether it's before Friday's game or Saturday's, we might presume that will spell the end of Chris Parmelee's time in an Orioles uniform, but really, he's survived a lot longer than we expected just by making it this far. Maybe they'll surprise us again.

Possibly unrelated to this move, Norfolk Tides beat writer David Hall tweeted a bit earlier on Friday that Mike Wright was headed from Norfolk to Baltimore as a "just-in-case arm." Whether that means another move is still to come over the next day or two or whether it'll just be a whole lot of moving around for nothing remains to be seen.