Orioles option Hunter and Avery, active Chavez and purchase Gonzalez’s contract

The Orioles have reinstated outfielder Endy Chavez from the disabled list, selected the contract of right-handed pitcher Miguel Gonzalez and optioned Tommy Hunter and Xavier Avery to Norfolk.

Chavez was placed on the disabled list retroactive to May 9 with a strained left oblique.  He is batting .133/.175/.167 in 20 games for the Orioles this season.  Chavez appeared in three rehab games with Double-A Bowie, going 3-for-10 with two walks and three runs scored.

Gonzalez went 2-1 with one save and a 1.50 ERA (30.0IP, 5ER) in 11 games (three starts) with the Tides, striking out 36 and walking five.  He allowed 15 base runners (10H & 5BB) and one HR, while holding opponents to an average of .100 (10-100).  Gonzalez was signed by the Orioles as a minor league free agent on February 28.  He spent 2011 in the Boston organization, pitching at three levels (A, AA & AAA) and entered 2012 with a career record of 18-22 and 3.92 ERA (393.0IP, 171ER) in five minor league seasons.  He missed the 2008 and 2009 seasons with injuries.  Originally signed by the Los Angeles Angels as a free agent on October 21, 2003, Gonzalez was selected by Boston in the Rule 5 Draft on December 11, 2008.

Hunter is 2-3 with a 5.59 ERA (58.0IP, 36ER) in 10 starts for the Orioles this season.  He took the loss in last night’s game against Toronto, allowing six runs (five earned) in 3.0 innings pitched.

Avery made his major league debut on May 13 vs. TB and batted .217/.299/.317 in 15 games with the Orioles.  He batted .273/.373/.469 with five home runs and 16 RBI in 33 games for the Tides earlier this season.

With the addition of Gonzalez, the Orioles’ 40-man roster is now full.


Roberts must be on his way with Avery going down.

Gonzo looked pretty good. Betemit cannot play left field anymore. DH best position. Flaherty in left or I would try Reynolds out there. Most pros can track and catch a fly ball. Think about it.
Andino 2b singles dbl hitter w/speed
Hardy ss line drive hitter w/power
Markakis of ” ‘ ‘ ‘
Jones of ” ” ” ‘
Reynolds of power
Weiters c switch hitter w/power
Betemit DH line drive hitter w/ power
Davis 3b ”
Johnson 1b ”

Power at every spot in the line up except lead off. better defense at 3rd and better defense at 1st . Lose a lot in left but what a line up. Chavez and Flaherty in for defense late in games when ahead. Tolleson and Paulino to pinch hit off the bench w/ Chavez and Flaherty. Good mix of right and left hand batters w/ a couple switch hitters. Hard to pitch around anybody in line up. Shake em’ up. Been doing it all year. Use a 4 man rotation with the up coming off days and get Hammel and Chen the best we have more starts.
When Roberts comes back switch Roberts to lead off and Andino to 3rd and move Davis back to 1st. Johnson a good option as pinch hitter and defense at 1st late in games. What do think?

Hunter has simply not been good enough. He needs more than a good cutter. Command is also an issue. Great to see that the O’s are not afraid to send him down if he is not performing. It is up to Hunter if he can earn his way back into the rotation.

Chavez is a bum and should be released he is taking up a roster spot and contributing nothing !

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