CLEVELAND -- The Orioles added a pair of catchers on Sunday in New York, with Chris Snyder and Steve Clevenger both joining the club right before the Orioles' series finale against the Yankees.
The duo, promoted from Triple-A Norfolk, will help spell starter Matt Wieters and are part of the gradual September roster expansion the Orioles hope will fuel a trip to the postseason.
"When you come to a new organization, you want to give a good impression, a good first impression," said Clevenger, who was acquired from the Cubs in July's trade for starter Scott Feldman. "Obviously, you want to play well up here, but the goal is for the team to make the playoffs. [I'll] do what I got to do to contribute and help this team make the playoffs."
Clevenger is a native of Baltimore and grew up a few miles from the stadium as a big Orioles fan. The left-handed hitter has missed most of the season with a nagging oblique injury, returning about a month ago, and said it was a process to get his timing back at the plate. Snyder, who was designated earlier this season, but opted to remain in the organization, has been the primary catcher for Triple-A Norfolk and the veteran has received favorable reports.
"That's always been my main focus my entire career, what I do defensively and how I handle the pitchers," Snyder said. "That still will continue to be my main focus."
Showalter keeping options open with Gausman
CLEVELAND -- Kevin Gausman tossed two scoreless innings of relief in Sunday's win in New York and Orioles manager Buck Showalter didn't rule out using the rookie right-hander as a starter in the season's final month.
"He can go either way," Showalter said of Gausman, who has thrown 118 1/3 innings already this season between the Majors and Minors. "We've massaged his innings so that he could pitch through the end of October and not have any problems, unless he pitches five nine-inning shutouts in a row. And then he's gets into a little gray area."
The fourth overall pick in last year's Draft, Gausman has tossed three scoreless innings since being promoted from Triple-A Norfolk and Sunday's outing was his first back-to-back appearances.
"It was something that was kind of different for me," said Gausman, who hadn't pitched consecutive days in a game since Little League. "I feel good about it, but now, I can kind of expect it and kind of know that feeling and get used to it."
The question now becomes what's best for the team. Gausman has pitched well out of the 'pen, but with some recent shaky starts and a September with no off-days, Showalter could put the young righty in the rotation down the stretch.
"His stuff plays, no matter what the whole statistical year says," Showalter said of Gausman, who had some rough starts in his first stint with the O's and owns a 5.70 ERA in 11 games (five starts). "He's had a lot of different things he's been challenged with, but I think it's a good step in the process that he's seen a lot of different levels and been in a lot of different roles and seen what this is about."
Orioles plan to call up four more on Tuesday
CLEVELAND -- The Orioles are expected to add four players to their roster in advance of Tuesday's game in Cleveland. The club will call up outfielder Henry Urrutia, infielders Ryan Flaherty and Jonathan Schoop and pitcher Josh Stinson.
Flaherty, who was optioned to the Minor Leagues last week, will be recalled from Class A Frederick while the rest are coming from Triple-A Norfolk whose season ended with a 1-0 extra-innings loss on Monday. Stinson would have started for Norfolk had they advanced to the postseason and the right-hander will join lefty Zach Britton -- recalled on Monday -- in adding some length to the Orioles' bullpen.
Urrutia spent some time with the big league club already this year and was optioned in mid-August to get some consistent at-bats. He had a .269/.269/.308 slash line and two RBIs in 21 games with the Orioles. Schoop, the club's No. 5 prospect, hit .255/.298/.397 through 69 games with Norfolk and missed part of the season with a lower back injury. He will play in the Arizona Fall League along with Urrutia.
The organization will also send a group of reserves to Sarasota, Fla. to continue working out in an instructional league of sorts in case they're needed later in the month. Lefty starter Tsuyoshi Wada and outfielders Chris Dickerson and Jason Pridie are among that group.
The Virginian Pilot first reported the callups.
Britton recalled to add strength to O's bullpen
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