Hall tweets that he’s moving up
Triple-A Norfolk’s Bill Hall tweeted late Friday night that he will have his contract purchased and be available to the Orioles for Saturday night’s game against Tampa Bay.
At 1:38, he posted, “God is Good!!!!!!!!!!! So happy right now.”
Hall has split time between designated hitter and third base at Norfolk since being signed to a minor league deal on April 24. In 15 games this season he has posted a .222 batting average with two home runs and seven RBI.
In his 10-year Major League career, Hall has played with five teams and hit .248. Last season he spent time with both Houston and San Francisco, hitting .211 with two home runs and 14 RBI in 185 at-bats. Hall has been used at shortstop, third base, second base and all three outfield spots during his career, but the O’s were most excited about his defense at third when they first announced the signing.
At 6:34 Saturday morning Hall tweeted that he was at an airport preparing for his flight to Baltimore. At 9:18 he followed with, “I’M HERE B-MORE!!!!! I can sense the excitement already.!!!
Baltimore’s recent roster shuffling indicates that Hall should be on his toes. On Thursday the Orioles purchased the contract of utility infielder Steve Tolleson, and Tolleson started at third in the Game Two of that night’s doubleheader.
The Orioles are yet to announce who will be moved to make room for Hall on the 25- and 40-man rosters. The O’s are currently carrying six starting pitchers, as Dana Eveland had his contract purchased so he could start Friday to make up for the absence of Jason Hammel, who was resting a sore knee. If Hammel is healthy enough to start on Monday or Tuesday, Eveland would likely be sent back to Norfolk. If not, a move of Hammel to the 15-day disabled list could be forthcoming. On Friday, Hammel said the knee was feeling better, adding that he was going to try throwing off of a mound on Saturday.