Nick Markakis back with Orioles
Baltimore optioned outfielder Xavier Avery to Triple-A Norfolk after Thursday night's game at Houston.
Also, the Orioles recalled pitcher Mike Belfiore from Norfolk, where the left-hander went 1-0 with a 4.20 ERA in 17 games. Belfiore was sent back to Norfolk after the Orioles lost 2-1 to the Rays.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter said reliever Pedro Strop, out with a lower back strain, could be activated Saturday from the 15-day disabled list.
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