May 2012

Reynolds headed to 15-day DL

Mark Reynolds said Saturday that he’s headed to the 15-day disabled list to rest an injured oblique. Reynolds was not in yesterday’s lineup but hurt the muscle making a throw during batting practice.

“It’s not too bad, but it’s one of those things where if I push it it’ll get worse,” Reynolds said, “So I’m just going to get it better before anything else happens.”

Reynolds said the training staff has done numerous test on him, and that the oblique feels stiff and sore. He said this is the first trip to the DL in his six-year Major League career.

Reynolds has played third base, first base and designated hitter for the Orioles this season, batting .191 with two home runs and nine RBI. After a slow start at the plate, Reynolds had started to show signs of a turnaround, hitting .308 with both home runs in May.

“It seemed like I was swinging it well, seeing the ball well and then this happens,” Reynolds said. “But it is what it is. You roll with the punches and hopefully I’ll come back healthy and better.”

“I do know a lot of treatment, a lot of rest, and we’ll get it better.”

 

–Greg Luca

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.

“Got the word a lil while ago. Just got called up to #Orioles. See u guys at #CamdenYards 2morrow night. #LetsGoO‘s!!!” Hall posted at 1:34 a.m. EST.

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.!!!#O‘sBaseball”

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.

–Greg Luca

Orioles vs. Rays lineups and pregame notes

(UPDATE: The Orioles announced that reliever Matt Lindstrom was sent to the 15-day disabled list to make room for Eveland on the 25-man roster. To make room on the 40-man roster, infielder Zelous Wheeler was designated for assignment. Lindstrom did not allow an earned run in his first 12 appearances but was shelled for three runs (two earned) on three hits and a walk in one inning Thursday against Texas.)

*The O’s will need to make a roster move in order to make room for Friday night starter Dana Eveland on the active roster, but manager Buck Showalter wasn’t ready to announce what it was just three hours before first pitch. Showalter said he has about three options he’s considering, but that things are still up in the air until he hears from team orthopedist Dr. Wilkins. A decision is expected around 5:30 p.m. ET. He said there was a slim possibility an active  player could be moved to the disabled list, which would seem to indicate Jason Hammel and his sore right knee. Hammel said  he threw Wednesday and had seen a significant decrease in swelling and fluid in the knee during the past few days. Hammel added that the problem first started to emerge after his April 25 start against Toronto, but that giving him a few extra days rest this week should keep this from being a problem he has to worry about all season. If Hammel can avoid the DL, the O’s would likely consider sending Tommy Hunter back down to Triple-A Norfolk.

*Nolan Reimold received an epidural Friday and spent the day recovering at home. Reimold is currently on the 15-day disabled list to treat a bulging disc in his cervical spine. The O’s had hoped to give Reimold the epidural earlier this week, but were forced to wait as he recovered from an infection. It was previously projected that he could begin a rehab assignment Monday or Tuesday of next week, but Showalter said Friday that the timetable would likely have to be moved back. Showalter also mentioned Sarasota, Fla., the site of O’s extended spring training, as a possible destination for Reimold.

*Endy Chavez could also be headed to Sarasota, although he will remain in Baltimore for the duration of the current homestand, which concludes Tuesday. Chavez was placed on the 15-day disabled list Thursday to give him time to rest a sore oblique muscle.

*Tsuyoshi Wada underwent Tommy John surgery on Friday. Showalter had not yet heard Dr. Lewis Yocum’s report on the procedure when he met with the media Friday afternoon.

*Showalter said Zach Britton’s third extended spring training appearance could be moved up from May 21 to May 20, and could happen somewhere other than Sarasota. Britton threw 45 pitches on Thursday and is next scheduled to pitch on May 15. Showalter added it was unlikely that either Britton or Brian Roberts would be moved to the 60-day disabled list, as the team hopes to keep their options open in case either player takes a positive turn.

ORIOLES LINEUP

Ryan Flaherty 3B

JJ Hardy SS

Nick Markakis RF

Adam Jones CF

Matt Wieters C

Wilson Betemit LF

Chris Davis 1B

Nick Johnson DH

Robert Andino 2

Dana Eveland LHP

RAYS LINEUP

Ben Zobrist RF

Carlos Pena 1B

BJ Upton CF

Luke Scott DH

Jeff Keppinger 3B

Matt Joyce LF

Sean Rodriguez SS

Jose Molina C

Dan Johnson 2B

Jeremy Hellickson RHP

–Greg Luca

Morning Oriole links

*There was a lot going on yesterday with the rosters moves and Orioles’ doubleheader and the O’s aren’t done yet making moves because they have to clear a roster spot for Dana Eveland, who will officially have his contract purchased to start tonight’s game. (Game 1 recap is here, Game 2 is here.)

*Here are the pitching matchups for this weekend’s set:

Friday-RHP Jeremy Hellickson vs. LHP Dana Eveland, Saturday- LHP Brian Matusz vs. LHP Matt Moore, Sunday- RHP James Shields vs RHP Jake Arrieta.

Monday’s starter is still TBA against the Yankees, with right-hander Jason Hammel tentatively scheduled to throw Monday or Tuesday. Manager Buck Showalter didn’t want to go that far down the road, but it’s fair to say if Hammel–who has been dealing with knee soreness– doesn’t make a start early next week he’d be a strong candidate to go on the 15-day disabled list. But, again, that’s getting ahead of ourselves.

*Former Oriole Luke Scott talked about his time in Baltimore with the Rays reporters and how he hopes to get a pretty warm reception tonight at Camden Yards. You can read more from the always-quotable Scott here.

*Been impressed early with reliever Stu Pomeranz? You’re not alone. Pomeranz impressed the Orioles enough in a tryout to sign in February and has worked his way up from Double-A -after not being officially invited to Major League camp — to land in Baltimore. The older brother of Rockies left-hander Drew Pomeranz, Stu has had a tough road to the Majors, and he’d be the first to tell you it’s self-inflicted. You can read more about him and the special debut he had Monday night –when Drew hit his first homer on the opposite coast — in a nice piece by my Rockies.com colleague Thomas Harding. That story is here.

*Finally, I tweeted on Monday that my associate reporter, Greg Luca, has started and he’s done some great early work so far. Greg will be helping out with Orioles.com coverage all summer and you can follow him for play-by-play updates and other Oriole happenings @GregLuca . He wrote a nice piece last night about the Orioles making history with three homers to open the game, and you can check that out here.

Game 1: Orioles vs. Rangers lineups & pregame notes

*As expected the Orioles will place outfielder Endy Chavez on the disabled list to clear a roster spot for Tommy Hunter, who is scheduled to pitch tonight’s Game 2 of the doubleheader. Chavez has been dealing with a left intercostal injury –which is basically his side/ribcage area up to his arms — and he said on Thursday the injury has worsened since he first felt something in Anaheim. An MRI done on Chavez last week ruled out an oblique injury, and he’s basically dealing with an intercostal strain.

The Orioles are already without outfielder Nolan Reimold and Rule 5 pick Ryan Flaherty was in left field for Game 1. The O’s also selected the contract of Steve Tolleson from Triple-A Norfolk and he’s expected to be a utility infielder/outfielder, capable of playing left field as well.

*Jason Hammel has been progressively well with treatment on his right knee, and manager Buck Showalter said he has Hammel tentatively penciled in to start Monday or Tuesday’s game.  Brian Matusz (Saturday) and Jake Arrieta (Sunday) will start this weekend along with lefty Dana Eveland who is on his way to Baltimore and will be activated to make Friday’s start.

*Lefty Zach Britton threw his first extended spring game on Thursday, throwing 45 pitches –mostly fastballs, with a few changeups mixed in — and he went three innings, allowing one hit. Britton, who recorded five ground ball outs, also picked up a strikeout and he will throw again in a game on Tuesday. The reports on Britton were favorable, and his arm strength appears to be there, with Showalter pointing out that the 24-year-old Britton had good velocity in the outing. At this point, the end of May would be the best-case scenario for Britton, with early June the most likely timeframe for his return.

ORIOLES LINEUP

Ryan Flaherty LF
J.J. Hardy SS
Nick Markakis RF
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters C
Wilson Betemit 3B
Chris Davis DH
Mark Reynolds 1B
Robert Andino 2B

Wei-Yin Chen LHP
RANGERS LINEUP
Ian Kinsler 2B
Elvis Andrus SS
Josh Hamilton LF
Adrian Beltre 3B
Michael Young DH
Nelson Cruz RF
Yorvit Torrealba C
Brandon Snyder 1B
Craig Gentry CF

Colby Lewis RHP

Orioles to conduct pair of youth clinics Saturday

BALTIMORE CITY CLINIC

This Saturday, May 12, over 300 pre-selected local youth will participate in a baseball clinic at Radecke Park in Baltimore. Adam Jones and Robert Andino, along with O’s coaches Wayne Kirby and Rudy Arias, and Orioles Alumni Ken Dixon and Rick Krivda, will be on hand to help teach youngsters the fundamentals of the game from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This event is not open to the public.

Radecke Park is located at 5610 Radecke Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21206.

CHALLENGER LEAGUE CLINIC

This Saturday, May 12, Oriole Advocates Challenger Baseball, in conjunction with the Baltimore Orioles, will hold a Fantasy Camp for Kids at Freedom Field in Lake Waterford Park in Pasadena. The clinic provides Challenger Baseball players the opportunity to learn baseball skills from major league pitcher Jake Arrieta and Jim JOhnson and former Orioles Al Bumbry and Bill Swaggerty. The event will begin at 11:00 a.m. with a variety of clinics providing over 40 Challenger Baseball players from Anne Arundel County, Frederick, Catonsville and Parkville the opportunity to learn pitching, throwing, catching and fielding skills. Utz will provide refreshments for the clinic. Each child will also receive autographs, a complimentary Junior Orioles Dugout Club membership package and tickets to that evening’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Lake Waterford Park is located at 830 Pasadena Road, Pasadena, MD 21122.

Rainout, Hunter to be recalled to start Thursday night

The Baltimore Orioles and Texas Rangers game on Wednesday night was postponed due to rain, and the two teams will play a single-admission doubleheader Thursday beginning at 4:05 p.m. ET.

Wednesday’s scheduled starters, Texas’ Colby Lewis and Baltimore’s Wei-Yin Chen will pitch Game 1 with the Orioles announcing Tommy Hunter –who was optioned Monday — as Game 2’s starter, meaning the club will have to make a roster move in between games. Hunter can only be activated in an injury situation –which avoids the minimum 10-day stay – and the most logical scenario is placing outfielder Endy Chavez (oblique) on the disabled list.

The Rangers will counter with lefty Derek Holland for Game 2, which will not start before 7:05 p.m. ET regardless of what happens in Game 1.  All gates at Camden Yards will open at 3 p.m.

Tickets for Wednesday’s game may be exchanged for seats of equal value for Thursday’s doubleheader or any remaining non-prime home game during the 2012 season, subject to availability. Ticket exchanges must be made by June 30. The Oriole Park Box Office will open at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday.

Tickets for Thursday’s game will be valid for both games of the doubleheader and any ticket exchanges can be performed at the box office or submitted in writing along with the original tickets and mailed via certified mail by June 30 to:  Baltimore Orioles Attention: May 9 Rainout, 333 West Camden Street, Baltimore, MD 21201.

Tolleson up, Phillips down; injury updates on Chavez, Teagarden

*Buck Showalter announced Wednesday that Steve Tolleson had been called up to give the Orioles extra depth in the infield. Showalter added that Tolleson, who is hitting .265 for Triple-A Norfolk this season, can play left field, right field, shortstop, third base and second base.
*To make room for Tolleson on the active roster, the Orioles have optioned Zach Phillips back down to Triple-A. Phillips was brought up on Tuesday to provide relief for an Orioles bullpen that was still recovering from Sunday’s 17-inning game against Boston. He came on in the seventh of Tuesday’s game against the Rangers, recording only two outs while giving up two runs on three hits and two walks, including Josh Hamilton’s third home run of the game.
*Endy Chavez is still dealing with a sore oblique muscle and could be a potential disabled list situation. Ryan Flaherty will start in left field Wednesday in Chavez’ place, with the addition of Tolleson –who has also played some left field for Norfolk — adding infield depth.
*Taylor Teagarden was moved to the 60-day disabled list to make room on the 40-man roster for Tolleson. Teagarden has been on the disabled list since spring with a lower back injury. Still, Showalter said Teagarden feels the best he’s felt in a while, Showalter said. Teagarden recently received his third epidural, and the Orioles gave him the opportunity to get home for a few days. Teagarden will be back in Sarasota, Fla., sometime in the next day or two.

ORIOLES LINEUP
Ryan Flaherty LF
JJ Hardy SS
Nick Markakis RF
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters C
Wilson Betemit 3B
Chris Davis DH
Mark Reynolds 1B
Robert Andino 2B

Wie-Yin Chen LHP

RANGERS LINEUP
Ian Kinsler 2B
Elvis Andrus SS
Josh Hamilton LF
Adrian Beltre DH
Michael Young 1B
Nelson Cruz RF
Yorvit Torrealba C
Brandon Snyder 3B
Craig Gentry CF

Colby Lewis RHP

–Greg Luca

Hammel dealing with knee issue, start pushed back (updated)

Pitcher Jason Hammel will have his next start pushed back, as the right-hander is dealing with right knee soreness that has progressively worsened his past two or three starts, although the 29-year-old said Wednesday’s he’s confident he can avoid the disabled list.

“I’m very confident about that,” said Hammel, who has been encouraged with how the area has responded the last few days with treatment. Hammel, who was originally scheduled to pitch on Thursday, had an MRI on the area which didn’t reveal anything surprising.

“There’s fluid and inflammation, other than that maybe an old injury that had been re-aggravated,” said Hammel, who had a similar injury on his left knee –which he had operated on after the 2008 season. “Nothing fancy. Other than that, just enough to [aggravate] my knee.”

There’s no timetable for Hammel right now, but losing him for any length of time is a serious blow to the Orioles pitching staff.  Acquired in an offseason trade from the Colorado Rockies, Hammel has been the Orioles’ best starter and is 4-1 with a 2.01 ERA in six starts.

“Obviously, I’m not too happy about it,” Hammel said of missing Thursday’s start. “But it’s just the smartest thing to do for right now. I need to help this team down the road. Initially one start instead of trying to battle through it and it keep getting worse and worse, maybe something bigger would happen.  We will see if we can get it controlled.”

“I think he’s had some experience with it,” manager Buck Showalter said of Hammel’ s knee injury. “It’s the first spring he said he didn’t have any problems with it at all.”

Pushing back Hammel, and Monday’s decision to option starter Tommy Hunter to Triple-A Norfolk, put the O’s rotation in a bind with no announced starters for Thursday or Friday and Showalter making it clear he wouldn’t take a reliever out of the  bullpen. So, who are the options?

Lefty Dana Eveland was pulled from his start on Monday after 63 pitches, and he could make Thursday or Friday’s start, while Chris Tillman  –who last threw 82 pitches for Norfolk on Sunday – is another candidate for one of those games. Brad Bergesen is scheduled to be the Tides’ starter on Thursday so he would be on regular rest, while Hunter is an option if there’s a DL situation since the 10-day required stay in the Minor Leagues rule wouldn’t apply if there’s an injury.  Hunter started Sunday’s game in Boston, throwing 82 pitches.

Beyond Hammel, left fielder Endy Chavez –playing in place of the injure Nolan Reimold –has been dealing with an oblique issue that could force him to the DL. Although nothing has been decided, the Orioles’ decision to recall infielder Steve Tolleson from Triple-A –who has also played some left field –shows that the organization is at least considering that move. Rule 5 Draft pick Ryan Flaherty started in left field Wednesday night.

Orioles @ Rangers, Phillips here

*Reliever Zach Phillips is here, getting the call up from Triple-A Norfolk after last night’s game and the lefty will be activated if tonight’s game is played. Right-hander Jason Berken, who gave up seven runs (two earned) in the ninth inning last night was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk to make room on the roster.

Phillips last pitched Sunday and has allowed six earned runs over 13 innings –spread over nine appearances — at Norfolk.  Three of his last four outings have been scoreless and he will give the Orioles’ a second lefty in the ‘pen along with Troy Patton. Phillips was the final roster cut this spring, mostly because he had an option remaining. Berken will continue to be used as a starter at Triple-A with the Tides rotation (including today) going in this order the next few days: Joel Pineiro, Steve Johnson, Brad Bergesen, Tommy Hunter, Chris Tillman and Jason Berken.

*With yesterday’s decision to option starter Tommy Hunter to Triple-A, the Orioles need a starter for Friday and Dana Eveland’s short start last night –he was pulled after just 63 pitches — may have tipped the Orioles hand. Adding Eveland, who is not on the 40-man roster after clearing waivers this spring, would require the Orioles opening up another spot with one option transferring catcher Taylor Teagarden or Brian Roberts from the 15 to the 60-day disabled list. That can be backdated to the end of spring so it wouldn’t change Roberts’ timetable, while Teagarden isn’t doing any baseball activities and is also a ways away.

Eveland is 3-2 with a 2.21 ERA and has allowed two earned runs or fewer in five of six starts.

*This afternoon’s rain has stopped and but there does appear to be a weather window.  No word yet on the game status, but I will pass along anything I get here and on Twitter.

ORIOLES LINEUP

Endy Chavez LF
J.J Hardy SS
Nick Markakis RF
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters C
Chris Davis 1B
Wilson Betemit 3B
Mark Reynolds DH
Robert Andino 2B

Jake Arrieta RHP

RANGERS LINEUP

Ian Kinsler 2B
Elvis Andrus SS
Josh Hamilton CF
Adrian Beltre DH
Michael Young 3B
David Murphy LF
Nelson Cruz RF
Mike Napoli C
Mitch Moreland 1B

Neftali Feliz RHP

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 317 other followers