A few notes
*Orioles outfielder Luke Scott has decided to undergo surgery on his torn right labrum, a procedure that will be performed on Tuesday morning by Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, Fla. and is expected to take several months in recovery time. Scott had hoped to avoid the surgery route altogether and rehab, but this was presented as the best option so he went with it. Scott was already done for the season with last week’s decision to shut him down, and as a non-tender candidate he could very well have played his last game as an Oriole.
Here’s what Scott said via text: “Not what I was hoping for but [surgery] is needed. The good thing is that I will be ready in time for next season.”
*Zach Britton is making what is expected to be his last start for Double-A Bowie tonight. Britton is expected to pitch one of Saturday’s doubleheader games with right-hander Chris Tillman another option if the Orioles decide to dip into the Minor Leagues for both starts. The team is also weighing having a long reliever make one of those starts.
*Vladimir Guerrero’s one-game rehab with Double-A Bowie is done and he is expected to be activated for Tuesday’s series in Toronto. Cesar Izturis is playing for Bowie tonight and the decision on him will come after that.
* Former shortstop Mike Bordick and longtime head Athletic Trainer Richie Bancells will be honored at this year’s Orioles Hall of Fame luncheon on Friday, August 12, at the Warehouse at Camden Yards. The luncheon begins at noon and will take place on the sixth floor. In his six seasons with the Orioles, Bordick compiled the highest fielding percentage by a shortstop in club history, setting three American League and one major league record. He will become the 49th inductee into the Orioles Hall of Fame.
Bancells, in his 35th year in the Orioles organization and his 24th season as Head Athletic trainer, is widely respected throughout both the baseball and athletic training industries. He will receive the Herb Armstrong Award given to non-uniformed personnel for distinguished service to the Orioles and the game of baseball. A limited number of tickets remain for the luncheon. Tickets are $50 per person. To purchase tickets, fans should contact Ann Serio at 410-247-2703.
*Finally I wrote a piece on the Orioles young pitching corps and the unexpected amount of struggles they’ve had as a unit this season. You can read that here.