BALTIMORE -- The Orioles activated infielder Ryan Flaherty from the 15-day disabled list prior to Friday's game and optioned right-handed starter Tommy Hunter to Double-A Bowie to clear a spot on the roster.
Flaherty, out with a tonsil infection, started at second base against Toronto on Friday after a nine-game rehab assignment for Triple-A Norfolk in which he hit .289/.341/.526, with a six-game hitting streak.
Flaherty, the Orioles Rule 5 Draft pick this past winter, played the corner infield and outfield spots, as well as second base while with Norfolk.
"I started a little bit slow down there for the first three or four games," Flaherty said. "After that, I got it going. I just want to try to take that back here and try to help this team win."
Hunter took the loss Wednesday night, giving up eight runs in three innings to Texas and will go to Bowie instead of Triple-A Norfolk because the schedule is easier to maneuver. Both clubs end their season on Sept. 3.
"From the second half on, I've had two not-so-good outings," said Hunter, who is 4-8 with a 5.95 ERA in 23 games (20 starts) over four stints with the Orioles. "I've had seven starts. I've found it a little bit. I've given up home runs, but look at the games: three runs, two runs. I've thrown the ball. I'm not scared to give up home runs. I'm not scared of anyone, so I'm going to keep attacking and keep on playing the game. I just have to change some stuff."
"They're hitting fastballs," Hunter said. "I've talked to a couple of people about it. It's just mixing up, changing speeds, I'm not doing it. [My agent] said, 'You need to step off the accelerator sometimes.' That's basically what he said. He said, 'Use this time down there. Re-invent yourself.' And I don't want to re-invent myself. I just want to start throwing more consistently offspeed strikes."