Orioles call up LHP Pedro Viola for Braves series
The Baltimore Orioles have recalled left-hander Pedro Viola from
Double-A Bowie to give the bullpen another option against a Braves
lineup stacked with left-handed hitters.
Manager Buck Showalter says Viola is needed as the Braves
started six left-handed hitters, including switch-hitter Chipper
Jones, on Friday night.
Viola was 3-1 with a 2.25 ERA and two saves at Bowie. He made
one appearance, retiring each of the five Seattle batters he faced
on May 30 in an earlier stint with Baltimore.
Viola replaces another left-hander, Brian Matusz, who was
optioned to Triple-A Norfolk after giving up eight runs and nine
hits in 3 1-3 innings in a loss to St. Louis on Thursday night.