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Crestwood Graduate Pitches Two Innings Of Relief For Orioles

April 4, 2019

The seemingly never-ending bus rides through the middle of the night, taking him from one minor league town to another. The grind of spring training, at times waiting until the final day of camp to see the rosters posted on a bulletin board, with just a mere few days to reach the destination he was assigned.

It is all part of the grind of a minor league baseball player.

For Crestwood grad Matt Wotherspoon, all that hard work paid off when he realized his dream of reaching the major leagues.

The right-handed reliever in the Baltimore Orioles organization was promoted to the big leagues Wednesday before the start of Baltimore’s game against the Blue Jays in Toronto.

Wotherspoon, who was assigned No. 71, also made his debut Wednesday, pitching the seventh and eighth innings of the Orioles’ 5-3 loss. He retired the first two batters he faced before giving up a single, and then got out of the inning without any damage. In the eighth he allowed a walk and three hits, including a home run to Randal Grichuk.

After the game, it was reported Wotherspoon was optioned back to Triple-A Norfolk to make room for today’s starter, Alex Cobb, who is coming off the injured list.

Wotherspoon has been primarily a reliever in his professional career, which included time with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders in the New York Yankees organization before being traded to Baltimore on July 2, 2017. He bounced back and forth between the starting rotation and the bullpen last year with Norfolk.

Last season with the Tides, Wotherspoon appeared in 39 games with 12 starts.

After playing collegiately at Pittsburgh,Wotherspoon was drafted by the Yankees in the 34th round of the 2014 draft.

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