BALTIMORE -- As Edwin Jackson reminded reporters on Wednesday, this isn't his first rodeo.Nor is it his second or third. The veteran right-hander, who signed a Minor League contract in April, was added to the Orioles' roster prior to Wednesday's 9-6 extra-innings walk-off win over the Pirates, giving Baltimore some more
BALTIMORE -- As Edwin Jackson reminded reporters on Wednesday, this isn't his first rodeo.
Nor is it his second or third. The veteran right-hander, who signed a Minor League contract in April, was added to the Orioles' roster prior to Wednesday's 9-6 extra-innings walk-off win over the Pirates, giving Baltimore some more pitching help and Jackson his 12th organization.
"Definitely feels good," Jackson said inside the Orioles' clubhouse. "It's like the first time in the big leagues all over again. I've definitely been putting in a lot of work and am excited to be back in the [MLB] clubhouse and a place where I feel like I belong and feel like I want to be."
Jackson entered in the seventh and gave up two runs on four hits with two walks and one strikeout over 2 2/3 innings.
Signed on April 5, Jackson spent some time in extended spring training before going to Triple-A Norfolk early last month. The 33-year-old righty posted a 3.10 ERA and struck out 17 batters in 20 1/3 innings primarily working out of the Tides' bullpen. That's where he figures to be used by the Orioles, who optioned reliever Donnie Hart to clear a spot on the 25-man roster, though Jackson has experience and is comfortable as a starter as well.
The timing is interesting for Jackson, who had an opt-out clause in his deal that he could have exercised on Thursday, but the veteran hurler elected to extend his stay in Triple-A. On Tuesday, the O's had 48 hours to decide whether to call him up and add him to their 40-man roster or let him go as a free agent. Jackson said he wasn't stressed or anxious about the situation, adding that once you have kids you learn how to be patient.
"Once you've been in the big leagues and had a taste of it, if you don't expect to be here, there's pretty much no reason to play the game," Jackson said. "We go out and try to grind day in, day out to be here."
A 15-year veteran, Jackson went 5-7 with a 5.89 ERA in 84 innings split between the Marlins and Padres last season. He worked as a full-time reliever with the Braves and Cubs in 2015, going 2-2 with a 2.92 ERA in 24 2/3 innings for Atlanta and 2-1 with a 3.19 ERA in 31 innings for Chicago.
With Jackson's appearance, it marked his 12th Major League franchise played for, which is one shy of the record held by former reliever Octavio Dotel.
"Like a wise man told me, though, it's not about making it, it's about staying," Jackson said. "So it's great to make it, but I've still got some work to do."
Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.