The Orioles announced Monday that they’ve selected the contract of right-hander Josh Lucas from Triple-A Norfolk. He’ll join the active roster in place of right-hander Yefry Ramirez, who was optioned to Norfolk last night. To make room on the 40-man roster, Baltimore transferred righty Nate Karns to the 60-day injured list.
Lucas, 28, joined the Orioles on a minor league deal last November and has already seen a bit of time with the team in 2019; he tallied 4 1/3 innings with a 4-to-1 K/BB ratio and a pair of earned runs allowed back in April. Lucas’ experience at the MLB level beyond that quick cup of coffee is limited, though he’s appeared in each of the past two big league seasons: with the Cardinals in 2017 and the Athletics in 2018. He’s tallied just 21 2/3 frames in that time, working to a 5.40 ERA with a 21-to-13 K/BB ratio and a promising 54.8 percent ground-ball rate. He’s allowed four runs on nine hits and a couple of walks with five strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings for the Orioles’ Norfolk affiliate since being outrighted there.
Karns has been on the 10-day injured list due to a forearm strain since April 9, and there’s no chance of a return in the short term now that he’s been moved to the 60-day IL. Karns was sent out on a minor league rehab assignment about two weeks after initially hitting the IL, but he pitched just 1 1/3 innings over a pair of rehab appearances before being shut down once again. He hasn’t appeared in a minor league game since that time. Karns, signed to a one-year deal worth $800K this winter, was the only players the Orioles signed to a Major League deal in the offseason. He missed the 2018 season as he attempted to work his way back from thoracic outlet surgery, but it seems he’s yet to get up to full strength.