UPDATE: Zach Clark's first big-league cup of coffee didn't last too long. The right-hander was designated for assignment on Saturday to make room on the roster for veteran right-hander Freddy Garcia, who was making his first start of the season for the O's.
Clark made just one appearance in his four days in the 'pen, allowing three runs and walking two in 1⅓ innings against the Mariners.
ORIGINAL: The Batimore Orioles are expected to call up pitcher Zach Clark from Triple-A on Tuesday to help bolster a bullpen that is already sixth in the majors with a 2.61 ERA.
Clark is flying to Seattle to join the team for their series against the Mariners, according to Roch Kubatko of MASN. He will not officially be called up until he lands. The first time he pitches for the Orioles will be his major league debut.
Clark, 29, has been with Baltimore since his professional debut in 2006. He had the best season of his career in 2012 when he started 26 of 28 games between Double-A and Triple-A and posted a 2.79 ERA. Overall, he has a career 3.79 ERA with underwhelming peripheral numbers. This season, he has allowed 13 earned runs in 25.2 innings with a 20:7 K:BB ratio.
The right hander is a hometown hero, signing with the Orioles as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Maryland-Baltimore County.
He will join new backup catcher Chris Snyder on the Orioles. Snyder was acquired in a trade with the Los Angeles Angels yesterday. Baltimore still needs to make room for Snyder on the 40-man roster and Clark on the 25-man roster. The Orioles could accomplish both by designating somebody on the big league team for assignment.