"I'll be frank with you, if we weren't playing six National League games coming up, we might have waited," said manager Buck Showalter, whose O's travel to Atlanta and New York for a six-game road trip starting on Friday. "It's tough to have a three-man bench with one of them being a catcher and one of them potentially being Nick [Johnson]. We got to have some maneuverability there."
Chavez sustained a right hamstring strain in the sixth inning of Tuesday's game against the Pirates, and while he said on Thursday that he was feeling better, the team can't afford to have Chavez unable to play for the weekend.
"It's disappointing, but what can I say?" said Chavez, who is on the DL for the second time this season. "I feel pretty close, but I understand the situation with the team right now. They had to make a move, but it's not fun. It's disappointing. Hopefully, I'll get healthy pretty soon."
Chavez is the third Orioles outfielder inactive, joining Nick Markakis (right hamate bone surgery) and Nolan Reimold (herniated disk). Reimold, who is on the 60-day DL, was expected to get another MRI on Thursday to compare to his previous test.
Tolleson, who was sent down Tuesday to make room for Brian Roberts, was able to be recalled within 10 days because it was an injury situation. Tolleson drove to Triple-A Norfolk on Wednesday, unpacked, and then got the call to come back to Baltimore. He arrived Thursday morning.
"It's a much better four-hour ride coming back than it is going down," said Tolleson, who batted eighth and started in left field against the Pirates. "But that's kind of out of my control. I'm happy to be here and definitely happy to be playing."
Tolleson entered Thursday batting .237 with two homers and six RBIs in 12 games for the Orioles.