June 2013

Orioles vs. the Yankees

Derek filling in on the blog for Brittany today. The Orioles host the Yankees in the series finale on Sunday Night Baseball. ESPN has the telecast. For now, the tarp is off the field and the Orioles are going through BP and pregame workouts as normal. It’s overcast, though. As always, I’ll keep you posted on weather over Twitter. If you’re not already doing so, give me a follow (@DerekatDotCom) for in-game updates and Orioles news.

*Brian Roberts (hamstring), was activated earlier today and is playing in his first game tonight. He’ll DH and bat 9th. To make room for Roberts, the Orioles optioned Jair Jurrjens off the 25-man roster. If he clears optional waivers, a 72-hour clock starts for him to report to Triple-A Norfolk. It’s a slightly unusual DFA situation, but it came about because the Orioles are under the 40-man roster limit.

*The Orioles traded Minor League infielder Ty Kelly to Seattle on Sunday in exchange for Eric Thames, whom the Orioles designated to Triple-A Norfolk.

*Nolan Reimold (hamstring) hit a homerun for Double-A Bowie in the Baysox first of two games Sunday. With impending weather, it’s likely Reimold will not play in the second game.

*Tsuyoshi Wada (Tommy John in May 2012) pitched well for Triple-A Norfolk on Saturday, and has now strung together several good starts in a row. The left-hander’s line from Saturday: 6 1/3 innings, five hits, two earned runs, six strikeouts and two walks.

And here are the lineups:

Baltimore Orioles
Nate McLouth LF
Manny Machado 3B
Nick Markakis RF
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis 1B
Matt Wieters C
JJ Hardy SS
Ryan Flaherty 2B
Brian Roberts DH

Chris Tillman P

New York Yankees
Brett Gardner CF
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Robinson Cano 2B
Travis Hafner DH
Zoilo Almonte LF
Lyle Overbay 1B
Jayson Nix SS
Chris Stewart C
David Adams 3B

Hiroki Kuroda P

Orioles vs. Yankees lineups and pregame notes

The Orioles designated infielder Travis Ishikawa for assignment prior to Saturday’s game, with right-handed pitcher Jair Jurrjens recalled from Triple-A Norfolk to take his roster spot and add length in the bullpen.  The team now has 10 days to trade, release and see if he clears waivers, although Ishikawa said he could become a free agent if he clears.

The 29-year-old Ishikawa was added to the roster on June 18, avoiding an opt-out in his clause that would have allowed him to become a free agent. Ishikawa started at first base that evening and went 2-for-18 in six games, often spelling first baseman Chris Davis. Ishikawa

Ishikawa who signed a minor-league deal with the Orioles this winter, had an impressive season at Triple-A Norfolk, hitting .316/.413/.525 with seven homers and 31 RBIs. He has reached base safely in 32 straight games and was named the organization’s Minor League Player of the Month in May after hitting .413 with seven homers and 24 RBIs in the month.

Jurrjens will give the Orioles a long man behind lefty starter Zach Britton. With rookies T.J. McFarland and Kevin Gausman both going multiple innings on Friday night, the Orioles need coverage in the event of a short start for any reason. With second baseman Brian Roberts in Baltimore and scheduled to be activated from the disabled list on Sunday, Jurrjens’ stay could be very short.

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Wei-Yin Chen is making his first –and perhaps only– rehab start tonight for Double-A Bowie and there will be more on that following his outing on Orioles.com. Chen could pitch for the Orioles on Thursday or Friday if he’s deemed ready. Nolan Reimold is also playing for the Baysox and the hope is he travels with the team to Chicago on Monday.
YANKEES LINEUP
Brett Gardner CF
Jayson Nix SS
Robinson Cano 2B
Vernon Wells DH
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Zoilo Almonte LF
Mike Adams 3B
Lyle Overbay 1B
Austin Romine C

David Phelps RHP

ORIOLES LINEUP

Nate McLouth LF
Manny Machado 3B
Nick Markakis RF
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis 1B
Matt Wieters C
J.J. Hardy SS
Chris Dickerson DH
Ryan Flaherty 2B

Zach Britton LHP

Yankees vs. Orioles lineups and pregame notes

Greetings from Camden Yards, where the Orioles will take on the New York Yankees in a weekend set to cap the homestand. New York will send CC Sabtahia to the mound tonight, which was originally the plan but the Yanks had a mixup on their game notes that had David Phelps, who will go tomorrow instead.

Orioles rookie T.J. McFarland will make his first start tonight opposite Sabathia, with manager Buck Showalter delivering the news to the 24-year-old McFarland after Thursday’s game.

A few pregame news and notes…

*Brian Roberts will play again for Triple-A Norfolk tonight and provided that goes well, he will use Saturday as a travel day and be activated on Sunday. That’s the planfor now

*Top position player prospect Jonathan Schoop (lower back) has been doing “baseball-like activities” according to Showalter, and the target date for him to start playing again is July 17.

*Wilson Betemit, who was shut down for several days due to some soreness, has resumed baseball activities. Betemit is rehabbing back from right knee surgery, which has been a slow process.

*Steve Johnson is throwing off flat ground at the team’s spring facility in Sarasota, Fla., while Steve Pearce (wrist) has not been cleared for baseball activities.

*Wei-Yin Chen will start for Double-A Bowie tomorrow night in his first –and perhaps only–rehab game. Chen will be accompanied by bullpen coach Bill Castro.

*Nolan Reimold is serving at designated hitter for Bowie tonight and the expectation is still that he will be activated for the start of Tuesday’s roadtrip in Chicago.

YANKEES LINEUP
Brett Gardner CF
Jayson Nix SS
Robinson Cano 2B
vernon Wells DH
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Zoilo Almonte LF
Chris Stewart C
David Adams 3B
Alberto Gonzalez 3B

CC Sabthia LHP

ORIOLES LINEUP
Nick Markakis RF
Manny Machado 3B
J.J. Hardy SS
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis 1B
Matt Wieters C
Danny Valencia DH
Nate McLouth LF
Alexi Casilla 2B

TJ McFarland LHP

Orioles vs. Indians lineups and pregame notes

Greetings from Camden Yards, where there are threats of storms (again) tonight but right now the tarp is off the field.

Freddy Garcia opted out of his contract with the Orioles and has signed a new Minor League deal. Garcia will report to Triple-A Norfolk and he’s now off the 40-man roster which gives the Orioles a spot for when they activate second baseman Brian Roberts.

Roberts is playing for Triple- A Norfolk on rehab assignment again today and could be activated as early as tomorrow. Manager Buck Showalter said today that the hope is the team has Roberts for this weekend’s set against the Yankees.

Speaking of this weekend, Showalter still has not announced Friday’s starter officially. But it’s expected to be Kevin Gausman. The other candidate is lefty T.J. McFarland, but it’d be a surprise if they didn’t go with Gausman at this point.

*Nolan Reimold had his rehab extended and he could be activated when the Orioles leave for their roadtrip, which starts Tuesday in Chicago.

*Henry Urrutia has been promoted to Triple-A Norfolk from Double-A. He was one of six players on Bowie’s team  named to the Eastern League All-Star roster. Also honored: Catcher Caleb Joseph, shortstop Niuman Romero, third baseman Ty Kelly and right-handed pitcher Mike Wright. Left-handed pitcher Jason Gurka was also selected for the game, but will not participate due to injury.

*Orioles Gulf Coast League manager Orlando Gomez earned his 1,000th career win Thursday when his club defeated the Gulf Coast League Twins 7-4.

Gomez has been in professional baseball for 49 years and has managed for 18 years. He’s managed at four levels of the Baltimore minor league system and served as batting practice pitcher for the major league club for two seasons.

“On behalf of the Orioles, I congratulate Orlando Gomez on this milestone achievement in his coaching career,” said Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said in a press release. “We proudly recognize his lifelong dedication and hard work to mentor young ballplayers by teaching them the skills needed to have successful careers in professional baseball.”

INDIANS LINEUP
Michael Bourn CF
Mike Aviles SS
Jason Kipnis 2B
Jason Giambi DH
Carlos Santana C
Michael Brantley LF
Mark Reynolds 1B
Lonnie Chisenhall 3B
Drew Stubbs RF

Corey Kluber RHP
ORIOLES LINEUP
Nate McLouth LF
Manny Machado 3B
Nick Markakis RF
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis DH
Matt Wieters C
J.J. Hardy SS
Travis Ishikawa 1B
Ryan Flaherty 2B

Miguel Gonzalez RHP

Johnson on his fifth blown save

Orioles closer Jim Johnson didn’t wait for a question after the Orioles’ 4-3 loss on Wednesday night. Instead, the right-hander wasted no time calling himself out for the opening four-pitch walk that helped Cleveland score a pair of runs in his fifth blown save of the season.

“The leadoff walk. Obviously, that’s pretty much what led to the whole inning,” Johnson said of the free pass to Michael Brantely. “Lately … it’s uncharacteristic, it’s something I need to work on.”

Johnson, who blew four of five games in a rough stretch in May, had converted 12 in a row when he took the mound on Wednesday and had allowed one earned run over that 14-game stretch. Following the leadoff walk, he put himself in a tight spot, allowing the Indians to load the bases.

“I leave a ball up to [Jason] Giambi on the next pitch after the four-pitch walk. Now you’ve got second and third and you have to walk the next guy,” Johnson said. “So you have bases loaded and nobody out.  it doesn’t get much worse. At that point, I’m trying to limit the damage, I’m trying to worry about each individual pitch. I came real close to keeping it tied. But obviously I dug myself my own hole. [Starter Jason] Hammel did a great job tonight and it takes away from his pitching performance. On both sides. It kind of leaves a sour taste in your mouth.”

“Like I said, that whole inning started with that four-pitch walk. Been walking too many guys this year. I’m not going to shy away from saying it, so I need to do better with that part.”

Orioles vs. Indians lineups and pregame notes

*In case you missed it, the big news today was that top pitching prospect Dylan Bundy will undergo Tommy John surgery. You can read more on that here.

*Wei-Yin Chen threw a successful side session today and he will go out on rehab assignment, likely for Double-A Bowie, on Saturday. Chen could be activated after that or the team could opt to give him one more rehab start. The plan is for him to pitch five or six innings.

*Nolan Reimold had his best rehab game today, going 3-for-6 for Bowie, while second baseman Brian Roberts went 2-for-4 for Triple-A Norfolk last night. Manager Buck Showalter said it’s unlikely both of those guys are ready by the weekend and Roberts is believed to be a little ahead of Reimold at this point.

*Steve Johnson threw today from 90 feet.

*Top position player prospect Jonathan Schoop (lower back) started hitting today.

*Earlier today, Double-A Bowie’s Henry Urrutia and Class-A Frederick pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez were named to the World roster in this year’s Futures Game. More on that here.
INDIANS LINEUP
Michael Bourn CF
Asdrubal Cabrera SS
Jason Kipnis 2B
Nick Siwsher 1B
Michael Brantley LF
Jason Giambi DH
Yan Gomes C
Lonnie Chisenhall 3B
Drew Stubbs RF

Scott Kazmir LHP

ORIOLES LINEUP
Nick Markakis RF
Manny Machado 3B
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis 1B
Matt Wieters C
JJ Hardy SS
Nate McLouth LF
Danny Valencia DH
Alexi Casilla 2B

Jason Hammel RHP

Bundy to undergo Tommy John surgery

Top pitching prospect Dylan Bundy will undergo Tommy John ligament replacement surgery on his right elbow on Thursday, effectively ending the 20-year-old’s season and sidelining him for approximately 12 months.

Bundy was re-examined in Florida by Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday after suffering a setback during his rehab earlier in the week, and he was diagnosed with a partial tear in his elbow ligament. The rehab and recovery timetable is typically around a year, but varies in each particular case.

The fourth overall pick in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, Bundy was ranked the No. 2 prospect in baseball by MLB.com entering the season but has yet to throw a pitch in 2013. He was optioned to Double-A out of Spring Training and last threw off a regular mound in March, getting shut down when the injury –originally diagnosed as right flexor mass tightness—first crept up.

Bundy, who was also re-examined by team orthopedist Dr. John Wilckens on Tuesday, saw Andrews and was administered a PRP (platelet-rich plasma) injection on April 29 and prescribed six weeks of rest. He had no previous issues in his rehab up until Monday, when he felt discomfort throwing from 120 feet of flat ground at the team’s spring facility, which prompted another look.

In his first full season as a pro last year, Bundy went 9-3 with a 2.08 ERA in 23 combined starts between Class A and Double-A before making his highly anticipated big league debut in September. He appeared in relief for the Orioles in the final month of the regular season.

The Baltimore Sun first reported that Bundy needed Tommy John.

Orioles vs. Indians lineups and pregame notes

*Dylan Bundy, who felt some discomfort when throwing off flat ground yesterday, saw team orthopedist Dr. John Wilckens today and he will head to see Dr. James Andrews and follow-up with him next. Bundy’s rehab had been progressing along fine until Monday, and manager Buck Showalter was mum on the results of Wilckens’ appointment and whether Bundy’s injury –originally diagnosed as right flexor mass tightness– could be something more serious.

*Wei-Yin Chen is here and he will throw a bullpen tomorrow before going out on rehab assignment on Saturday. It’s undetermined which affiliate Chen will pitch at, but he could be activated after the 5 or 6-inning outing. When Chen does come off the disabled list, he will get some extra rest between his first few starts.

*Brian Roberts is starting his rehab for Triple-A Norfolk tonight and is batting leadoff.

*Steve Johnson (oblique strain) is progressing along slowly. “Trying to get in shape, ” Showalter said. “It’s been tough. He’s battling some things down there. He’s gotten progressively better, but it’s a little slower than I hoped. It’s been a challenge for him conditioning all year because of some of the things that have kept him from it. So, I hope he’s using that time. We’ll see if he is using it.”

Here are your lineups as the Orioles try to snap a four-game losing streak…

INDIANS LINEUP
Michael Bourn CF
Mike Aviles SS
Jason Kipnis 2B
Nick Swisher 1B
Michael Brantley LF
Carlos Santana C
Mark Reynolds DH
Lonnie Chisenhall 3B
Drew Stubbs RF

Justin Masteron RHP

ORIOLES LINEUP
Nate McLouth LF
Manny Machado 3B
Nick Markakis RF
Adam JOnes CF
Chris Davis 1B
Matt Wieters C
J.J. Hardy SS
Chris Dickerson DH
Alexi Casilla 2B

Chris Tillman RHP

Bundy has setback, to be re-examined

Orioles top pitching prospect Dylan Bundy had a setback in his rehab program on Monday and is expected to be re-examined by team orthopedist Dr. John Wilckens on Tuesday.

Bundy, who had been throwing from 120 feet, felt some discomfort at the team’s spring facility in Sarasota, Fla. and he is also expected to see Dr. James Andrews after being checked out by Wilckens. Andrews administered the platelet rich plasma (PRP) in Bundy’s right flexor mass –the forearm/elbow area — and prescribed rest for six weeks following the April 29 injection, which is supposed to spur growth.

It’s unknown immediately the severity of Bundy’s setback or if he will undergo another series of tests. Until Monday’s news, he had been slowly progressing back toward getting up on a regular mound for the first time since March, but obviously this setback could change things considerably.

The fourth overall pick in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, Bundy was rated as the No. 2 prospect in baseball by MLB.com entering the season but has yet to throw a pitch in 2013. In 2012, he went 9-3 with a 2.08 ERA in 23 combined starts between the Class A and Double-A levels before making his highly anticipated big league debut in September.

Orioles vs. Indians, Gausman here for Garcia (updated)

*The Orioles optioned pitcher Freddy Garcia and recalled rookie Kevin Gausman from Triple-A Norfolk prior to Monday’s series opener against the Cleveland Indians. With Garcia’s service time and contract, he has the ability to turn down the option and become a free agent.

Garcia lasted 2 1/3 innings against Toronto on Sunday, surrendering seven earned runs in the Orioles’ loss, and the veteran will head home to Miami while his next step remains in limbo.  If he clears waivers, Garcia –who said he has no plans to retire—will become a free agent.

“I did my job for a little bit and the last couple starts,  no,” said Garcia, who pitched to a 5.77 ERA over 53 innings for the Orioles, earning a rotation spot after a solid campaign with Triple-A Norfolk. “So that’s this game. Especially here [in Baltimore], they make a lot of moves. So, it’s my turn, I guess.”

Garcia, who said he enjoyed  his time with the Orioles “very much”, didn’t rule out a possible return to the organization should he not get an opportunity to latch out at the big league-level elsewhere.

Gausman was optioned to Norfolk after June 14’s start and the 22-year-old has made five starts for the Orioles, going 0-3 with a 7.66 ERA after making the jump from Double-A Bowie. He has allowed 21 earned runs over 24 2/3 innings with 20 strikeouts and six walks and is an option to start Friday’s game against the Yankees in Garcia’s spot.

*Brian Roberts will join Triple-A Norfolk tomorrow, as he plays his first games since hamstring surgery earlier this season.

Roberts has been with the team for two weeks and has participated in pregame workouts like batting practice and taking ground balls. But manager Buck Showalter said there’s no simulation for game speed. He’ll likely play at least three games for the Tides, Showalter said.

*Lefty Wei-Yin Chen (oblique) threw four innings of a simulated game today in Sarasota and will be in Baltimore tomorrow to take a work day with the team. After that, he’ll be sent out for a minor league rehab assignment that could be as short as one start.

*Outfielder Nolan Reimold (hamstring) still needs more at-bats in his minor league rehab assignment. He’ll be with Double-A Bowie on Monday as it starts a four-game road series in Richmond, Va.

*Dylan Bundy (right flexor mass tightness) is still throwing from flat ground at a distance of 120 feet, but Showalter said he hopes to get to a mound soon.

*Wilson Betemit (right knee) hasn’t made a significant step forward with his rehab, nor has reliever Steve Johnson (oblique).

*The O’s have signed right-handed pitcher Casey Upperman from Independent Normal (IL) of the Frontier League to a Minor League deal. He has reported to Class-A Delmarva.
INDIANS LINEUP
Michael Bourn CF
Mike Aviles SS
Jason Kipnis 2B
Nick Swisher 1B
Carlos Santana C
Mark Reynolds 3B
Michael Brantley LF
Ryan Raburn DH
Drew Stubbs RF

Ubaldo Jimenez RHP
ORIOLES LINEUP
Nate McLouth LF
Manny Machado 3B
Nick Markakis RF
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis 1B
J.J. Hardy SS
Matt Wieters C
Travis Ishikawa DH
Ryan Flaherty 2B

Zach Britton LHP

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