Belfiore called up from Triple-A to aid bullpen

Belfiore called up from Triple-A to aid bullpen

MINNEAPOLIS -- Exactly a year ago, Mike Belfiore was dealt from Arizona to Baltimore, completing the trade for infielder Josh Bell. On Sunday, Belfiore was in Minnesota, recalled from Triple-A Norfolk by the Orioles to help add some length to an overworked bullpen in what will be his Major League debut.

"It's just one of those days, I guess you can say," said Belfiore, who had his parents, girlfriend and friends on hand for the Mother's Day game. "Life-changing days."

Belfiore takes the roster spot vacated by Steve Johnson, who was optioned to Triple-A after a four-inning start on Saturday night. While manager Buck Showalter acknowledged in a perfect world, the team would have preferred to have a right-hander behind lefty starter Wei-Yin Chen, the southpaw Belfiore can go multiple innings and was already on the club's 40-man roster, having been added this winter.

"It's unbelievable," said Belfiore, who flew from Syracuse into Minneapolis early Sunday morning and will wear No. 65. "This is the dream that everyone wants to do when they are younger, and it's finally here. It hasn't set in yet, but just a dream come true."

Belfiore, 24, was 1-0 with a 5.52 ERA (nine earned runs over 14 2/3 innings) in 10 games for the Tides. Last year with Double-A Bowie, he was 5-1 with a 2.85 ERA in 28 outings.

Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Twitter @britt_ghiroli. Derek Wetmore is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.