September 2012

Orioles @ Mariners lineups and pregame notes

Greetings from Seattle, where the Orioles will open a three-game series against the Mariners tonight. Here are some pregame notes…

*The Orioles got some encouraging news regarding Nolan Reimold –who has season-ending neck surgery — and it looks as if he will be able to have a regular offseason. Reimold, who is rehabbing at home in Florida, is about two weeks away from being completely cleared to work out. He is not an option regardless of how deep the Orioles could get in the postseason. The hope remains that Reimold, the team’s Opening Day left fielder, will be a full-go in camp this spring.

*Jim Thome had 5 or 6 at-bats in a simulated game today and will do the same tomorrow. Assuming all goes well, Thome will play in a game in the fall instructional league in Florida on Wednesday and manager Buck Showalter said he won’t be considered an option to be activated until at least after Thursday’s off day.

*Troy Patton will throw again in the instructional league tomorrow, his second rehab game down in Sarasota. Showalter said the team will decide the next step for Patton after that, although the team is hoping to see some better command from him this next time out.

*Wilson Betemit saw a hand specialist in Sarasota, Fla. today and the good news is he won’t need surgery on his wrist. That was what the team feared when Betemit re-aggravated the injury in Oakland over the weekend but right now the plan is for him to get a Cortisone shot and let the area calm down. He is still considered a long shot to return this season.

*Nothing new on Jason Hammel, with the process moving pretty slowly at this point. Showalter said they are waiting to get the last bit of discomfort out of Hammel’s knee before taking the next step. He has played catch, and the team remains optimistic he will make another start this season.

*The Orioles rotation following Chris Tillman is Wei-Yin Chen and Joe Saunders with Miguel Gonzalez tentatively slated for the first game in Boston. The O’s are being cautious in limiting Gonzalez’s innings and Showalter said as long as he looks OK in his side session, Gonzalez figures to start Friday at Fenway Park.
ORIOLES LINEUP
Nate McLouth LF
J.J. Hardy SS
Chris Davis DH
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters C
Mark Reynolds 1B
Manny Machado 3B
Endy Chavez RF
Robert Andino 2B

Chris Tillman RHP

MARINERS LINEUP
Dustin Ackley 2B
Franklin Gutierrez CF
Kyle Seager 3B
Jesus Montero C
John Jaso DH
Michael Saunders LF
Justin Smoak 1B
Eric Thames RF
Brenden Ryan SS

Hector Noesi RHP

Orioles announce postseason ticket options

The Orioles have announced three options for fans to purchase postseason tickets, which will be available exclusively online. Fans are encouraged to visit http://www.orioles.com/postseason for a postseason seating chart, schedule and additional ticket information.  All three options are for fans to purchase Wild Card and American League Division Series tickets (ALCS and World Series tickets will be made available for sale at a later date, if necessary).

Option 1

Fans will receive the opportunity to purchase postseason tickets before the general public by placing a $250 per seat deposit on a 2013 full or partial season ticket plan, including 13-game plans. Fans who place a deposit by midnight tonight will have access to an exclusive online-only pre-sale on Thursday, September 20 at 2p.m. Beginning tomorrow, 2013 deposits will no longer guarantee fans an opportunity to participate in this pre-sale.

Option 2

Fans can enter the postseason ticket opportunity with a valid email address at http://www.orioles.com/postseason for a chance to be selected to participate in a special pre-sale prior to tickets being released to the general public. Fans are encouraged to enter the postseason ticket opportunity in order to have a better chance at acquiring postseason tickets; however, fans who enter are not guaranteed to be chosen for the opportunity.

Option 3

A public sale for Wild Card and American League Division Series tickets will take place on Saturday, September 22 at 10:00 a.m. exclusively online at http://www.orioles.com/postseason. Ticket availability is expected to be limited and tickets may sell out quickly.

Orioles @ Athletics lineups and pregame notes

*Orioles reliever Troy Patton threw an inning today in instructional league, facing four batters, and will throw again on Tuesday. He will either go back-to-back Tuesday and Wednesday or just throw an extended outing on Tuesday. That’s still to be decided.

Designated hitter Jim Thome will play in simulated games Monday and Tuesday and then play in instrux on Wednesday.

*The team’s rotation in Seattle will be Chris Tillman, Wei-Yin Chen and Joe Saunders with Miguel Gonzalez slated to start sometime over the weekend in Boston as the team tries to give him some extra rest whenever possible.

ORIOLES LINEUP

Nate McLouth LF
J.J. Hardy SS
Chris Davis DH
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters C
Mark Reynolds 1B
Manny Machado 3B
Endy Chavez RF
Robert Andino 2B

Randy Wolf LHP

ATHLETICS LINEUPS

Coco Crisp CF
Jonny Gomes DH
Josh Reddick RF
Yoenis Cespedes LF
Chris Carter 1B
Josh Donaldson 3B
Stephen Drew SS
Adam Rosales 2B
George Kottaras C

Dan Straily RHP

Reynolds update

What happened to Mark Reynolds’ during Saturday’s game? Manager Buck Showalter, who came out along with head athletic trainer Richie Bancells to check on Reynolds during his fourth-inning at-bat said: “The previous at-bat [in the second inning] he took a hard swing with his bicep in his left arm, it had just gone numb on him. It came back for him. We will see how he is tomorrow coming in.”

It looks like Reynolds will play Sunday, especially given that he didn’t want to divulge any details to reporters about the injury, laughing off the questions.

“It was a rough game that’s all,” Reynolds said. “You’re not getting anything from me.”

Reynolds is probably one of the tougher guys in the Orioles clubhouse, he played in Anaheim a day after he was hit in the hand and it was so swollen he could barely hold playing cards in the clubhouse and I’d be shocked if he wasn’t in Sunday’s lineup.

MASN cameras showed Reynolds rubbing the area after his second-inning at-bat, and when asked about that, he joked: “I just massage myself every now and then, it makes me feel better.”

Orioles vs. A’s

Greetings from Oakland, where the Orioles will try to even the series against the A’s after last night’s 3-2 loss. In case you missed it, I wrote about Orioles manager Buck Showalter and how he’s had a heavy hand in turning things around in Baltimore. You can read that here.

Wilson Betemit will fly to Sarasota tomorrow and is likely done for the season after re-aggravating his right wrist during pregame batting practice yesterday. More on that here.

*As my colleague, John Schlegel writes, no one should be surprised the A’s and O’s are here right now and deserve to be taken seriously as legit contenders. You can read that piece here.

*Left-hander Randy Wolf is starting for the Orioles on Sunday, which will make his first start since signing with Baltimore. Wolf’s last start was August 19– while with the Brewers– and he has made three relief appearances with the Orioles, throwing six 1/3 innings and allowing four earned runs on four hits and three walks.

Wolf has made two career starts against the Oakland A’s, going 1-0 with a 2.77 ERA over 13 innings. He allowed four earned runs on nine hits and nine walks combined over those two games. The A’s lineup has struggled more against left-handed starters and the Orioles also figure to have right-hander Steve Johnson in long relief if needed behind Wolf.

Signed as a free agent after being released by Milwaukee, Wolf is a career 129-117 with a 4.18 ERA in 366 career starts.

*Jim Thome will take some swings in an instructional league game on Wednesday, with reliever Troy Patton scheduled to start tomorrow’s instrux game.

ORIOLES LINEUP
Nate McLouth LF
J.J. Hardy SS
Matt Wieters C
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis DH
Mark Reynolds 1B
Manny Machado 3B
Endy Chavez RF
Robert Andino 2B

Zach Britton LHP

A’S LINEUP
Coco Crisp CF
Jonny Gomes DH
Josh Reddick RF
Yoenis Cespedes LF
Chris Carter 1B
Josh Donaldson 3B
Derek Norris C
Stephen Drew SS
Adam Rosales 2B

Jarrod Parker RHP

Betemit likely done for the year

Orioles infielder/designated hitter Wilson Betemit is likely done for the year after reaggravating a right wrist injury prior to Friday’s game in Oakland.

“I am really frustrated,” said Betemit, who returned from the disabled list Sept. 1 after missing two-and-a-half weeks with a right wrist injury. “I come back from the DL and I try to contribute to the team, but that happens.

“It’s frustrating. Everything is going good for us and this happens to me. We’ll see what happens. I am going to Sarasota [Fla.] and we’ll see Monday [what] they tell me.

Betemit said he hit in the cages as usual on Friday afternoon and his wrist was pretty sore. After the first round of outdoor pregame batting practice he started experiencing discomfort in his wrist, the same kind of symptoms he had experienced before.

“He’s really down,” manager Buck Showalter said of Betemit, who was unavailable off the bench in the Orioles’ 3-2 loss. “He battled his way back and is a big part of what we’ve done here. But I don’t like our prospects of getting him back.”

Betemit hit .261/.332/.422 in 102 games and will fly to the team’s spring home in Sarasota on Sunday and see a hand specialist for further examination on Monday.

Asked if he might have had his final at-bat this season for the Orioles, Betemit said: “I don’t know. I’ll have to wait for what they tell me Monday, what I have to do and what they are going to do for me.”

Orioles @ Athletics lineups and pregame notes

*Kevin Gregg was released by the organization today, meaning he is free to sign anywhere. Ryan Adams, who was also taken off the 40-man roster, was outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk.

*Chris Tillman threw another bullpen yesterday, his second since leaving a start with elbow inflammation, and the plan is for him to start Monday. Manager Buck Showalter said the team wants Tillman to get one more side session in and the 24-year-old has fared well against the Mariners.

Sunday’s starter is still TBD, as is Tuesday, with Joe Saunders pitching Wednesday’s game. Sunday could be several different guys, according to Showalter, with Jake Arrieta, Tommy Hunter, Randy Wolf and Steve Johnson all options. Wolf is believed to be the leading candidate to make that start if he’s not needed out of the bullpen the next two games.

*Troy Patton (right ankle sprain) is slated to throw off a mound on Sunday in a rehab game at the team’s fall instructional league in Sarasota, Fla. and could rejoin the team as early as in Seattle. Showalter said Boston is the worst-case scenario for Patton, who will need at least two outings down there before being activated.

Jim Thome is also taking swings and could get into games Monday and Wednesday at instrux. He is considered a few days behind Patton.

*All full-time Oriole employees which is approximately 90 people, and 11 players are participating in a ticket giveaway around Baltimore where fans who are showing their support with team gear will be randomly awarded free tickets for the team’s upcoming homestand. Each participant will be given six tickets to giveaway as part of the Orioles’ random acts of kindness promotion and can be found anywhere in and around the city at places like grocery stores and gas stations.

*Jason Hammel will miss at least one start and rest and rehab his right knee with no timetable for his next start. While Thursday’s MRI showed nothing alarming, and just a “hot spot” of scar tissue, Showalter said “now it’s just a matter of getting him back to the point he was before he had the setback.”

The A’s are expecting a sellout (of sorts given the tarped seats) here at the Oakland Coliseum. Here are your lineups…

ORIOLES LINEUP

Nate McLouth LF
J.J. Hardy SS
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters C
Lew Ford RF
Mark Reynolds 1B
Chris Davis DH
Manny Machado 3B
Robert Andino 2B

Joe Saunders LHP

ATHLETICS LINEUP
Coco Crisp CF
Jonny Gomes DH
Josh Reddick RF
Yoenis Cespedes LF
Chris Carter 1B
Josh Donaldson 3B
Derek Norris C
Stephen Drew SS
Adam Rosales 2B

Tommy Milone LHP

Bundy, Gausman head instrux roster

Troy Patton (right ankle sprain) and Jim Thome (herniated disk in his neck) are progressing along in their respective rehab regimens and manager Buck Showalter said the pair of Orioles are expected soon to play in games in this fall’s instructional league.

The fall league –which kicks off Sunday — runs until October 11 with games against the Tampa Bay Rays, Minnesota Twins and Boston Red Sox and the O’s home games will be played at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Fla.. Baltimore has 52 active players on its roster –including top pitching prospects Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman — with a slew of recent draftees and highly-regarded prospects. The organization’s breakdown is 31 pitchers, eight infielders, eight outfielders, five catchers and seven players on rehab, including big league pitcher Stu Pomeranz and Tsuyoshi Wada, who is rehabbing from Tommy John surgery.

Thome could take swings in a game as early as the end of the week, while Patton will probably throw early next week, according to Showalter.

“That’s another great thing about having [instructional league], if your team is in the playoffs you got a place to rehab,” said Showalter, who has been an advocate of the Orioles playing games in the newly-created fall league.

“There’s always that area between the end of the season if your teams aren’t in the playoffs in the Minor Leagues or instructional league where you don’t have a place for a guy to pitch or take at-bats…Kind of wish the start to Arizona Fall League was earlier so you would have a place to do that. The response to that is get your Minor League teams in the playoffs and you won’t have an issue.”

The Orioles complete roster as of Wednesday afternoon includes: pitchers Bundy, Gausman, Wilmer Aquino, Tim Berry, Park Bridwell, Miguel Chalas, Zach Davies, Dioni Dominuez, Gene Escat, Miguel Garcia, Kevin Grendell, Juan Guzman, Josh Hader, Devin Jones, Mike Joseph, Branden Kline, Yi-Hsiang Lin, Wiliams Louico, Sean McAdams, Rafael Moreno, Jose Nivar, Elias Pinales, Jake Pintar, Matthew Price, Luc Rennie, Jorge Rivera, Eduardo Rodriguez, Lex Rutledge, Janser Severino, Brady Wager and Tommy Windgardner; catchers Sam Kimmel, Joe Oliveira, Joe Russell, Steel Sawyer and Brian Ward; infielders Torsten Boss, Antony Caronia, Joe Hutter, Ty Kelly, Ronarsy Ledesa, Adrian Marin, Michael Ohlman, and Hector Veloz; outfielders Roderick Bernadna, Glynn Davis, Gregory Lorenzo, John Ruettiger, Henry Urrutia, Yariel Vargas, Anthony Vega and Brenden Webb.

Joining Wada and Pomeranz among the rehabbing group are Nicky Delmonico, Matt Hobgood, Austin Knight, Trent Mummey and Ashur Tolliver.

Orioles vs Rays lineups and pregame notes

*Jason Hammel was seen by team orthopedist Dr. John Wilckens today and the plan is for him to get an MRI on his right knee Thursday morning at 10 a.m. The team won’t know anything further until then, although Hammel was a little encouraged that his knee didn’t have a lot of swelling.

*Wei-Yin Chen will start on Thursday with Joe Saunders  scheduled for Friday. Chris Tillman felt fine today after yesterday’s bullpen session and is in line to start one of this weekend’s games with Zach Britton an option for the other.

*Nick Markakis is here and will continue to travel with the team while waiting the three weeks necessary to have the pins removed from his left thumb. Markakis said the plan after that is to rehab and his timetable is 3-4 weeks depending on how quickly he heals.

*Troy Patton and Jim Thome are both progressing along well and the pair will go to instructional league to continue their respective rehabs. Thome could start swinging a bat in games later this week while Patton will likely start throwing in instrux games at the beginning of next week, according to manager Buck Showalter.

*The Orioles today issued a challenge to all elementary, middle and high schools in the state of Maryland to “Go Orange” and demonstrate their support for the Orioles.  Schools are encouraged to decorate their classrooms, gymnasium and other indoor spaces; adorn the outside of their school or athletic fields with an Orioles look; or to involve students in demonstrating their Orioles pride, including wearing orange or Orioles clothing. Schools will be judged on their overall creativity, school spirit and “best use of orange.” The winning school will receive a visit from an Orioles player and the Oriole Bird on Thursday, September 27, just before the Orioles play the Red Sox in their final home regular season series of the year during Fan Appreciation Weekend.

For more information, students, teachers and school administrators are invited to visit www.orioles.com/GoOrange. Details regarding a school’s involvement can be submitted, along with a photo, at this website beginning on Friday. Only school administrators are eligible to submit a form and only one form should be submitted per school. Entries must be received by Thursday, September 20.
RAYS LINEUP
BJ Upton CF
Jeff Keppinger DH
Ben Zobrist SS
Evan Longoria 3B
Ben Francisco LF
Carlos Pena 1B
Ryan Roberts 2B
Matt Joyce RF
Jose Molina C

Alex Cobb RHP

ORIOLES LINEUP
Nate McLouth LF
J.J. Hardy SS
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters C
Wilson Betemit DH
Mark Reynolds 1B
Chris Davis RF
Manny Machado 3B
Robert Andino 2B

Miguel Gonzalez RHP

 

Hammel exits with right knee injury

Orioles starter Jason Hammel exited Tuesday’s start in the fourth inning with a right knee injury suffered on a 1-0 pitch to Rays outfielder Matt Joyce.

On that pitch, Hammel came up and initially looked as if landed awkwardly on his left leg and after head athletic trainer Richie Bancells and manager Buck  Showalter came out to the mound the 30-year-old Hammel walked off without help. Making his second start back since hitting the disabled list after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right knee, Hammel has been the Orioles best pitcher when healthy and losing him for any prolonged period of time would be a serious blow for Baltimore.

It’s unknown how serious the injury is to Hammel but he missed nearly two months following right knee surgery, a procedure which involved removing some of the loose cartilage that was causing him discomfort.  On Tuesday, Hammel lasted 3 2/3 innings allowing only a solo homer to Ryan Roberts before rookie Steve Johnson took over with a 3-1 lead.

Acquired in an offseason trade with the Colorado Rockies, Hammel entered Tuesday’s game 8-6 with a 3.46 ERA in 19 starts and was a Final Vote All-Star candidate earlier this season.

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