The untouchable Mychal Givens is back with the Orioles once again. There is room for him because reliever Chaz Roe is headed to the disabled list with an injury that could actually exist. Roe has tailed off in his performance recently, with a 4.70 ERA in eight outings since the All-Star Break, so maybe that's the source of it.
That said, it's kind of telling of the real reason a guy his headed to the disabled list when all of the beat reporters who are first tweeting about the move don't even know what the injury is, or even necessarily who is injured. Roch Kubatko, who isn't even in Seattle, reported earlier in the afternoon about Givens rejoining the Orioles, and he has pegged Roe to the disabled list as well. It looks like the Orioles wanted Givens back in the bullpen and figured out who was injured later.
UPDATE 9:30pm: The move is now official and the diagnosis on Roe is right shoulder bursitis. That sounds painful. Everything sounds painful.
In ordinary circumstances, the Orioles would have had to wait ten days after optioning Givens to bring him back up to the majors. With Roe hitting the disabled list, Givens is able to replace Roe and bypass what would typically be the ten day rule. Moves like these are like pure, uncut drugs to Dan Duquette. He needs to make them or he will break out in a rash, or possibly cold sweats. It's not pretty.
Givens, the former 2nd round pick in 2009 who converted from shortstop to bullpen in 2013, has only pitched in three games at the big league level, so the sample size is certainly small for him. He's looked good, though, bringing uncommon velocity from a 3/4 arm slot. The Orioles were said to have deemed him untouchable at the trade deadline, which I figured would mean he'd be penciled into next year's bullpen. It seems like the O's are bending over backwards to get him into this year's bullpen too.