5/17/2014 12:35 A.M. ET
Veteran reliever Bell inks Minors deal with O's
By Robert Falkoff / Special to MLB.com
KANSAS CITY -- The Orioles announced on Friday night that right-hander Heath Bell has signed a Minor League contract. Pending a physical, Bell will report to Triple-A Norfolk.
Bell, 36, was designated for assignment by the Rays and released two weeks ago with a 7.27 ERA. He is still being paid by the Rays, Diamondbacks and Marlins.
Asked after Friday's 4-0 victory over the Royals about Bell joining the organization, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said: "He has to pass the physical. That's my thoughts on it."
O'Day, Orioles' bullpen ready when called on
KANSAS CITY -- Right-hander Darren O'Day believes the entire Baltimore bullpen brigade has a Boy Scout's motto these days: Be prepared.
Some bullpens operate well with strictly defined roles, but the Orioles are in a flexibility mode these days after some uneven outings from closer Tommy Hunter. A case in point came in Thursday's 2-1 win over the Royals when O'Day was summoned in the sixth inning. Although O'Day has been used to working later, manager Buck Showalter felt it was a crucial juncture with two on, one out and the Orioles up by one run.
O'Day responded by escaping the jam and then adding a clean seventh inning for good measure.
"What we have now is a group of guys who are ready to pitch at any time," O'Day said. "It really forms cohesiveness and keeps everybody on their toes. Everybody is in play at all times. That's only going to do good things for us in the long run."
Showalter said he plans to use his bullpen with three factors in mind.
"We want to put them in spots that give us the best chance to win, gives them the best chance for success and gives them the best chance to stay healthy," Showalter said. "Those are the three things we are looking at."
Orioles recall Brach, Meek DFA'd off 25-man
KANSAS CITY -- The Orioles made another bullpen roster move on Friday by recalling right-hander Brad Brach from Triple-A Norfolk and designating right-hander Evan Meek for assignment off the 25-man roster after a one-game stay in the Majors.
Brach was 3-1 with a 3.26 ERA for Norfolk. Over 19 1/3 innings, he struck out 38 and walked five.
Brach arrived in Kansas City on Thursday night and said he's excited about having another opportunity to make a contribution for the Orioles.
"Any time you get the call to come up here, that's why you are playing the game," Brach said. "When I came up last time, I think I was going a little too quick. Hopefully, this time I can settle down and pitch the way I normally do."
Brach appeared in two games for the Orioles earlier this season. Over 1 2/3 innings, he allowed five hits and three earned runs. He struck out three and didn't issue a walk.
"He provides a little more length," manager Buck Showalter said before Friday night's game against the Royals. "He pitched real well down there."
Flaherty draws another start against Royals
KANSAS CITY -- Ryan Flaherty drew another start at second base for the Orioles on Friday against the Royals, but manager Buck Showalter said Jonathan Schoop (sore right index finger) was available off the bench.
"I'm going to give [Schoop] another day, but I can use him," Showalter said.
Showalter added that Schoop would be back in the lineup on Saturday against left-hander Danny Duffy. Schoop had his right index finger wrapped on Friday.
Robert Falkoff is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.