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.