Norris sent to Double-A to pitch during break

Norris sent to Double-A to pitch during break

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles optioned right-hander Bud Norris to Double-A Bowie prior to Thursday's game, a roster move that allows the right-hander to get some extra work in the Minors during the All-Star break.

"Bud had, what, 17 days [between starts]? Having another 11, 12 or 13 before his next start is something we'd like to stay away from," manager Buck Showalter said of Norris, who returned from the disabled list Wednesday for a start against the Nats. "He's already had his All-Star break."

With the extra roster spot, the Orioles recalled right-hander Preston Guilmet from Triple-A Norfolk to add to the bullpen. Guilmet, 26, has posted a 5.79 ERA in nine games with the Orioles earlier this season, striking out 11 and walking two.

Norris' 10-day stay in the Minor Leagues means he could be activated to start at the end of the Oakland series, although given his career numbers -- 0-2 with a 9.35 ERA in four games -- the Orioles will likely wait until the following series in Anaheim. Norris is 3-0 with an 0.32 ERA in four career games against the Angels.

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