A few notes
*Brad and Shea Bergesen’s first child, a boy named Parker Steven, was born yesterday (August 1) at 12:57 p.m. He weighed in at 8 lbs, 7 oz and was 21.5 inches long. All are doing well, and Bergesen is expected to be activated today in Kansas City.
*New Orioles pitcher Tommy Hunter is also expected to be activated today. Hunter was acquired in Saturday’s trade (along with Chris Davis) with Texas for Koji Uehara. He is thought of as a starter, but could get a few relief appearances to get stretched out and acclimated to his new team first. Here’s what Hunter had to say about joining the Orioles.
*Infielder Cesar Izturis could be activated any day as well. Izturis rejoined the team to work out on Friday and I’d expect he makes his return sometime this series.
*Also, I tweeted this yesterday but it’s worth passing along again… Double-A Bowie’s L.J. Hoes was named Eastern League Player of the Week on Monday. Hoes hit .462 (12-26) for the week with one double, four home runs and seven RBIs while also scoring seven runs. In 61 games with Double-A Bowie this season, Hoes is batting .318 (71-223) with 11 doubles, four home runs, 35 RBIs, 29 runs and 13 stolen bases in 17 attempts.
*Dylan Bundy negotiations will be one of the biggest storylines over the next two weeks as the Orioles work toward signing their top Draft pick. You can read more on that topic here.
*The Trade Deadline is over. (And when I finally stopped going, I slept 18 hours yesterday. Yikes.) But the Orioles’ roster is probably not done revolving.
While starter Jeremy Guthrie will remain an Oriole until at least the end of the season, the team’s roster might still change, with Michael Gonzalez and Vladimir Guerrero two candidates who could have a change of address. Now that the non-waiver Trade Deadline has passed, deals involving players on the 40-man roster cannot be made unless the players already have cleared waivers.
In other words, the player must be offered to the other teams in reverse order of the standings, and if he is claimed by one of the teams, he cannot be traded. The club that placed the player on waivers can either withdraw the request and keep the player, or let the player go to the claiming team, which would then have the rights to the player.
Players with salaries beyond their value normally get through waivers during the first week of August. Claiming clubs have to be careful and be prepared to absorb the player and his salary if they put in a waiver claim.
So, who could move? ESPN’s Buster Olney does a good job of recapping the bigger names (although Guthrie is a long shot to be moved before the winter) and there’s plenty of smaller deals that get made in August as well.
It’s certainly something to keep an eye on as the Orioles (I know you are tired of hearing it) look toward the future.
*Derrek Lee homered twice in his Pirates debut yesterday, becoming the first player to hit two homers in his Pittsburgh debut since Shawon Dunston did it against Cleveland on Sept. 2, 1997. The Orioles traded Lee to the Pirates late Saturday night in exchange for first base prospect Aaron Baker.
*Left-hander Brian Matusz allowed three runs over seven innings on Sunday for Triple-A Norfolk, with six hits, two walks, one strikeout and two home runs. He threw 92 pitches, 59 for strikes.
*Tune in to MLB Network tonight for a feature on Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy and his relationship with his brother Logan. It will air twice, at the 4pm and 7 pm ET hours.
*Finally, it’s listed as TBA but I can’t imagine the Orioles not starting Zach Britton in Thursday’s finale. Britton has struggled mightily in his last two Major League starts, not making it out of the first inning either time, but what’s the alternative? You could give him extra rest, but I’d rather have him face a Royals lineup than the Blue Jays, who are scheduled to come to Baltimore this weekend. He’s not going back to the Minor Leagues right now, so the best situation for the 23-year-old Britton is having him pitch in Kansas City. We should get confirmation, one way or another, from manager Buck Showalter later this afternoon.