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Orioles option Meredith to Norfolk

Orioles option Meredith to Norfolk

TORONTO -- As expected, the Orioles recalled right-hander Chris Tillman from Triple-A Norfolk following Friday's 5-0 loss to the Blue Jays. To make room for Tillman, the club optioned sidearmer Cla Meredith back to Norfolk.

"I've been in a rut before. I don't panic, but I'm not the one who calls the shots around here," Meredith said. "I'm kind of at the mercy of my employer. I'm 26 years old, my arm's very healthy -- as is the rest of my body -- and I envision pitching for a long time, whether it's here or somewhere else."

The right-hander went 0-2 with a 5.40 ERA in 21 appearances and has an option remaining, meaning the Orioles don't have to risk exposing him to waivers.

Meredith has been used in myriad roles in the wake of injuries to Mike Gonzalez, Jim Johnson, Koji Uehara and Alfredo Simon, and he acknowledged on Friday night that it's been a "weird" year for him. After taking over from Mark Hendrickson on Thursday night, he allowed a bases-clearing double to the first A's batter he faced, giving way to Baltimore's 7-5 loss.

Meredith also allowed Sunday's walk-off homer to the Nationals' Josh Willingham, sealing the Orioles' 10-inning defeat.

"This [decision] is one of those things I can't really control," Meredith said. "I can control when I have the ball in my hand on the mound, but I guess, really, I haven't exactly done a stellar job. But like I said, I've had bad weeks before and been just fine.

"I envision the same this time. And we'll go from there."

Meredith hasn't pitched in the Minors since the Padres optioned him to Triple-A Portland on Aug. 15, 2008. The club recalled him just two weeks later.

Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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