A few notes
Greetings from Anaheim…
*While you were enjoying your 4th of July fireworks, the Orioles were making another roster move, summoning first baseman Joe Mahoney from Triple-A Norfolk in a move that’s expected to be made official before tonight’s series opener against the Angels. He will take the spot of Chris Tillman, who was optioned after yesterday’s game to Double-A Bowie to stay on track and avoid a long layoff during the All-Star Break. Tillman will pitch the team’s third game in the second half.
Mahoney gives the team another bench player and was an easy roster move because he is already on the 40-man roster. It’s possible the club could make another move involving infielder Steve Tolleson later in the series.
*Baysox outfielder Robbie Widlansky has been named Eastern League Player of the Month for June. He is the first Baysox player to win the award since Mike Fontenot won in June of 2003. In 24 games in June, Widlansky batted .407 (35-86) with 2 HR and 21 RBI. He had the highest batting average, on base percentage (.523), OPS (1.116) and the fifth most RBI in the month. The 27-year-old also reached base in every game during the month of June.
*Left-hander Zach Phillips has cleared waivers and been outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk. The O’s designated Phillips for assignment on June 30 to make room on the 40-man roster for Jim Thome.
*Nick Markakis is not playing for Double-A Bowie tonight, which means he will probably start his rehab assignment with the affiliate Friday. The plan was for him to start Thursday or Friday and for Markakis to play through Monday.