Kline (1-4) allowed three runs on two hits and a walk and failed to record an out Monday against the Rays. He was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk after the game.
Kline entered the contest with a one-run lead, but he gave up a three-run blast in the sixth inning and the Rays would end up securing a 6-3 victory. The 27-year-old right-hander owns a 6.75 ERA with 24 strikeouts over 25.1 innings this season in the big leagues, and his latest performance understandably resulted in a demotion.
Kline was recalled from Double-A Bowie on Friday.
Kline was optioned to the minors in early June but makes his return to the majors two weeks later. The 27-year-old had a decent start to the season with a 3.95 ERA and 1.02 WHIP through 13.2 innings, but he allowed runs in five consecutive outings prior to his demotion.
Kline (1-3) allowed one run on two hits over two-thirds of an inning and took the loss Friday night against the Astros. He was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk after the game, Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports.
Kline has allowed at least one run in each of his last five outings, so the Orioles have elected to demote him until he can figure things out. A corresponding move has not yet been announced.
Kline could see some save opportunities in the near future with Mychal Givens temporarily demoted to a low-leverage role, Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports.
Givens' recent struggles have led to a change in the Orioles' ninth-inning plans. Kline has been working a fairly high-leverage role already, so he could get the chance to close some games until Givens sorts himself out. Kline's 4.30 ERA doesn't seem like classic closer material, but the bar to be an Orioles' closer is quite low these days, and his 25.0 percent strikeout rate and 6.7 percent walk rate are at least both better than average.
Kline was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk on Sunday.
Kline has pitched primarily at Triple-A Norfolk this season but did make a brief one-game appearance with the Orioles earlier in the campaign. At Norfolk, he posted a 6.75 ERA with eight strikeouts across eight innings of work. He'll serve as bullpen depth for big-league club.
Kline was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk following Game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Twins, Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports.
Kline made his major-league debut in the nightcap and allowed two runs on two hits over two innings. The 27-year-old figures to rejoin Baltimore at some point this year, but for now heads back to Norfolk.
Kline was called up to be the Orioles' 26th man for Saturday's doubleheader against the Twins, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
The 27-year-old has yet to make his big-league debut. He's allowing six earned runs in 6.1 frames for Triple-A Norfolk this season but recorded an excellent 1.64 ERA for High-A Frederick and Double-A Bowie last season. The Orioles are considering keeping him on the roster after Saturday's games and optioning another reliever, though that decision hasn't yet been made.
Kline had his contract purchased from Double-A Bowie on Tuesday.
Kline was added to the team's 40-man roster in order to protect him from the upcoming Rule 5 draft. The 27-year-old, who had missed a couple seasons due to leg and elbow injuries, impressed with High-A Frederick and Double-A Bowie in 2018, notching a combined 17 saves while posting a 1.64 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 9.7 K/9 across 65.2 innings of relief. Kline figures to make his major-league debut sometime in 2019 if he continues to impress.
Kline (elbow) is throwing without restriction, Greg Swatek of The Frederick News-Post reports.
The 26-year-old hasn't appeared in a game since 2015 with Double-A Bowie due to leg and elbow injuries. It seems that he's back to 100 percent, however. Kline has been throwing without pain since mid-December and appears to be primed to pick back up where he left off with the BaySox with the chance to move up to Triple-A if early returns are promising.
Kline remains several weeks away from beginning a throwing program following an arthroscopic procedure on his pitching elbow, MLB.com's Mike Rosenbaum reports.
The original thought was that the once highly-touted prospect, who was the Orioles' second-round pick in 2012, would be throwing within a month of the procedure he had in March. That plan has obviously changed and a timetable for Kline's recommencing of baseball activities appears cloudy at this point. The 25-year-old had Tommy John surgery last year and hasn't pitched since 2015.
Kline (elbow) underwent follow-up arthroscopic surgery on his throwing elbow last week, Steve Melewski of MASNsports.com reports.
The surgery is a follow-up to the Tommy John procedure that Kline underwent in October 2015. The report goes on to state that the 25-year-old will resume his throwing program in three to four weeks. With his recent procedure, it appears that Kline will not be ready for the beginning of the regular season.
Kline (elbow) held a throwing session Tuesday and said he's had a "normal" offseason, Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com reports.
Tommy John surgery knocked Kline out of action for the entire 2016 season, but he's now focusing on building back strength in his arm. The right-hander's goal is to begin the season with a full-season affiliate, rather than hanging back in extended spring training, with the goal of returning to the Double-A level, where he left off in 2015. In that campaign, Kline made eight starts at Double-A, posting a 3.66 ERA and 1.37 WHIP across 39.1 innings.
Kline (elbow) will throw from 120 feet next week, MASN Sports reports.
Kline was shut down after eight starts last season, then made one appearance in the fall instructional league before having surgery to repair a ligament in his elbow. At this rate, he might be able to get back into game action late this summer. Kline was a highly regarded prospect when he was drafted in 2012, but his status had diminished even before last season.
Orioles minor league pitcher Branden Kline had Tommy John surgery on his elbow Thursday, per Steve Melewski of MASNsports.com.
Kline had a PRP injection in his elbow in May to try and relieve some discomfort he experienced while pitching for Double-A Bowie. It appeared as if the procedure helped -- Kline began to resume pitching activities. But further discomfort ultimately led to Tommy John surgery. He will miss most of 2016 while he rehabs.
Orioles minor league pitcher Branden Kline (elbow) is expected to undergo Tommy John surgery, per Rich Kubatko of MASN Sports.
Kline was already ruled out for the season, but now it appears that absence could extend into a good portion of 2016 as well.
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