McFarland (knee) is expected to get a second opinion on his knee from Dr. James Andrews on Monday, Jon Meoli of the Baltimore Sun reports. McFarland has been dealing with knee issues all season but landed on the DL on June 30 as the injury became too cumbersome to ignore. He'll now get a second opinion from orthopedic surgeon, Dr. James Andrews which will likely reveal the exact cause of McFarland's knee troubles.
McFarland was recalled by the Orioles on Tuesday, MASN's Roch Kubatko reports. Lefty Ashur Tolliver was sent down to Triple-A on Sunday, but the Orioles waited until after their day off to make a corresponding move by recalling McFarland. The left-handed McFarland will likely serve in a long relief role during his stint with the Orioles, especially in the absence of Vance Worley (groin). That said, McFarland has made four starts at Triple-A Norfolk this season and could make a spot start if the Orioles suffer an injury in the rotation.
McFarland, who was optioned to Triple-A Norfold following Saturday's doubleheader, could rejoin the Orioles on Tuesday, Rich Dubroff of CSN Mid Atlantic reports. While McFarland wasn't particularly sharp in his outing during the doubleheader (three hits and one walk in two innings), he did pick up a victory and apparently did enough to potentially rejoin the bullpen. If that's the case, he would take the spot of southpaw Ashur Tolliver, who was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo on Sunday.
McFarland was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk of Saturday. The Orioles needed to clear space on the active roster with established veterans Yovani Gallardo (shoulder) and J.J. Hardy (foot) coming off the D.L on Saturday, and so McFarland was the casualty. The 27-year-old lefty worked a 5.87 ERA with a 2.09 WHIP during his recent call-up with the Orioles in which he made five appearances. He'll head back to Norfolk for now, but he figures to be a candidate to be recalled later in the season if the Orioles need an extra lefty out of the bullpen.
McFarland (1-2) gave up five hits, five earned runs and two walks over two innings in Saturday's 11-6 loss to the Blue Jays. McFarland entered in the sixth charged with protecting a 4-3 lead and with Kevin Pillar on first, but proceeded to surrender a hit, two walks, two sacrifice flies, and a three-run homer to Edwin Encarnacion over the first six batters he faced. The Blue Jays held an 8-4 lead by the time they'd finished knocking him around, an advantage they wouldn't relinquish. It was the 27-year-old's first poor performance since being recalled from Triple-A on June 1, a he'd fired three innings of scoreless ball over his first two appearances.