The Baltimore Orioles have officially recalled left-handed relief pitcher Richard Bleier from Triple-A Norfolk, the club announced on Sunday morning. In what has become a corresponding roster move, the Orioles have elected to option fellow left-hander Vidal Nuno down to the same affiliate.
The Orioles have continued to shift around their bullpen alignment early on in 2017, partly due to the fact that closer Zach Britton has remained sidelined due to a lingering forearm injury.
The 30-year-old Bleier is currently in the midst of his first season as a member of the Orioles in addition to his second big league campaign overall. He originally broke into the highest level last season as a member of the New York Yankees, another American League East ball club.
Spending his brief big league tenure in the same division, Bleier has already made one relief appearance for the Orioles in 2017. Tossing four innings during that lone appearance, he allowed five hits, three runs, one earned run and one walk back on May 3 against the rival Boston Red Sox.
Last season, while in the “Big Apple,” Bleier made 23 regular season relief appearances for the Yankees. Over the course of an even 23 innings of work, he produced an impressive 1.96 ERA alongside two holds and 13 strikeouts against four walks.
On the other hand, the 29-year-old Nuno has made big league appearances for the Yankees, Arizona Diamondbacks and Seattle Mariners in addition to the Orioles. Making nine relief appearances for the Orioles this season, Nuno currently owns what would be a single-season career-worst 6.75 ERA across a total of 12 innings of work.