Burres to be called up for White Sox

Burres to be called up for Sox

BALTIMORE -- For the second time in less than a week, the Orioles are faced with a vacancy in their starting rotation. In need of a starter, the Orioles optioned reliever Kam Mickolio to Triple-A Norfolk on Monday night and announced that they will recall Brian Burres to start Tuesday night against the White Sox.

Burres joins Radhames Liz as the Orioles' most recent callups to the rotation, after both were sent down to Norfolk within nine days of one another at the beginning of August. Burres struggled to give Baltimore lengthy outings in his earlier stint with the club, however, and at the time he was optioned (Aug. 5) the left-hander hadn't pitched through the seventh inning since May 22.

Prior to being sent down, Burres made two appearances out of the bullpen, allowing nine earned runs in three innings. Since heading back to Triple-A, Burres has made three appearances out of the bullpen and one start, going 1-0 with a 0.82 ERA. He has also had good control, surrendering just one walk and striking out 11.

Mickolio, who made his Major League debut Wednesday against the Red Sox, heads back to Norfolk after a brief five-day stay in the Major Leagues. The 6-foot-9 right-hander made two appearances while with the Orioles, allowing one earned run off four hits with two strikeouts.

"He's got a power arm," manager Dave Trembley said Monday night, announcing the move. "I think he'd be very good against right-handed hitters, and I think he has a real big upside as a guy at the back end of the bullpen in some capacity. He's raw, he needs work, but there's definitely a lot to work with there. I think he'll be a very effective pitcher for us in the bullpen with more experience."

Mickolio is expected to rejoin the Orioles in a week when rosters expand on Sept. 1.

"I take it as it is," Mickolio said. "It's no big deal, it happens. There were some moves made -- some needed moves. I'm not taking it too hard or anything. It is what it is, I guess. ... I gained a lot from the short time I was here."

Pitching matchup
BAL: LHP Brian Burres (7-7, 5.64 ERA)
Burres will be recalled from Triple-A Norfolk on Tuesday morning to make his 20th start of the season for the Orioles after spending three weeks in the Minor Leagues.

CWS: RHP Gavin Floyd (13-6, 3.78 ERA)
Floyd turned in a quality start for the first time in his past four outings against the Mariners on Wednesday. The right-hander pitched six innings, surrendering just six hits and three runs. He also struck out seven. Guillen was satisfied with the performance, but would like to see Floyd working deeper into games, particularly when the offense has built him early leads so as not to overwork the bullpen. Floyd picked up a no-decision in his last outing against Baltimore despite allowing no earned runs in six innings. Floyd has performed significantly worse on the road than he has at home, posting a 4-4 record and allowing a .272 batting average against with a 4.43 ERA at visiting parks.

Bird bites
In the Orioles and White Sox resumption of their suspended game from April 28, Baltimore left-hander Alberto Castillo recorded his first career win and right-hander Rocky Cherry notched his first career save. The last time both were achieved in the same game by an Orioles pair was against Philadelphia on July 2, 2004, when Eddy Rodriguez tallied the win and Daniel Cabrera earned the save. ... For just the third time in 131 games, Baltimore right fielder Nick Markakis didn't start the Orioles' scheduled game Monday night. He pinch-hit for Lou Montanez in the seventh inning. ... With his single in the fourth inning Monday night, Orioles catcher Ramon Hernandez extended his hitting streak to a career-best 15 games. Hernandez went 1-for-4 on the night.

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Up next
• Wednesday: Orioles (Radhames Liz, 4-3, 7.32) vs. White Sox (John Danks, 10-6, 3.16), 7:05 p.m. ET
• Thursday: Off-day
• Friday: Orioles (Jeremy Guthrie, 10-10, 3.28) at Rays (Scott Kazmir, 9-6, 3.27), 7:10 p.m. ET

Amanda Comak is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.