Hunter called up, will work out of bullpen

Hunter called up, will work out of bullpen

Hunter called up, will work out of bullpen
TORONTO -- The Orioles recalled right-hander Tommy Hunter from Double-A Bowie for Monday's contest against the Blue Jays.

Hunter, who will pitch out of the bullpen, made one relief appearance at Bowie in his latest Minor League stint.

Over his five-year career, Hunter has made 13 relief outings, going 1-1 with a 5.06 ERA in 21 1/3 innings of work.

Manager Buck Showalter is hoping Hunter, who started 20 games for the Orioles this season, can make a smooth transition to the bullpen, just as lefty Brian Matusz did.

"Tommy, he's going to give us some potential length in the bullpen," Showalter said about the 26-year-old. "Some people think this might be where he ends up. We'll see, because he has pitched well out of the bullpen in the past.

"He is a guy that has experience up here at a young age. His stuff plays up a little bit out of the bullpen. We'll see if that continues at this level."

Showalter believes his velocity could be up a notch as a reliever, as Hunter reached 96 mph on the radar gun in his last outing at Bowie.

In his 20 starts, Hunter went 4-8 with a 5.71 ERA. He's pitched 4 1/3 innings in relief, allowing six earned runs on 10 hits and two walks, with four strikeouts.