With Steve Johnson going on the disabled list and right fielder Nick Markakis away from the team due to the death of his paternal grandmother, the Orioles decided to call up outfielder Xavier Avery to give the team some bench depth.
Avery, a 23-year-old left-handed hitter with speed, batted .192 in 15 games at Triple-A Norfolk after hitting .300 in 39 games at Double-A Bowie this year.
“I’m just crawling back to where I want to be,” said Avery, who hit .223 in 32 games for the Orioles last year. “Taking baby steps to get back on track. I did good in Bowie when I was down there. Then I got to Norfolk, hit a dry patch. But it’s all right. I’m going to get back to doing what I do.”

It likely will be a short stay in the majors for Avery, who is on the 40-man roster and, therefore, an additional roster move didn’t have to be made Thursday.
If Markakis returns as expected Friday – he wasn’t placed on the bereavement list because he wouldn’t be gone the required three days – the Orioles would no longer have a need for another outfielder. So Avery could be sent down while a reliever is brought up. The Orioles had only six relievers available Thursday.