McCrory, who had made his big league debut back in late April, said he considered it a highlight in a difficult year to make it back to the Majors. The right-hander dealt with a case of right shoulder impingement shortly after being demoted for the first time, and he said it was especially hard for him to rehab after getting a brief chance to play in Baltimore.
"The toughest thing for me was when I got back down and got hurt and I couldn't play," McCrory said. "You got the taste of being up here and you want to go down and do well and hopefully get back up here. Then you get injured. It was rough."
McCrory, who had ligament replacement surgery on his elbow three seasons ago, was given a clean bill of health and went back to pitching in relief for Triple-A Norfolk, where he notched a 2-3 record with five saves and a 3.80 ERA. The 26-year-old said that his big league experience -- as brief as it was -- may have prepared him for the second time around.
"I can't say, but I just feel like I'll be more accustomed to the way things go on around here. It's nice to get the days in so you know how everything works," he said. "Honestly, I'll always have adrenaline every time I pitch. It wasn't necessarily nerves. I just think I was over-pumped for the situation more than I should have been. I tried to do too much."
Baltimore manager Dave Trembley said he's not sure how he'll use McCrory, but he allowed that his bullpen has been chaotic for most of the season. Eventually, McCrory will get his shot, and he'll get more responsibility over time.
"Obviously, he's got a good arm," Trembley said. "He just needs to throw it over the plate, is what he needs to do. He's not alone in that. ... We have a lot of candidates for guys to get work, so we'll see who takes advantage of it."
Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less