June 2013

Orioles place Pearce on DL, activate Gonzalez

*The Orioles have placed outfielder Steve Pearce on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to yesterday, and reinstated Miguel Gonzalez from the paternity leave list. The move allows them to keep first baseman Travis Ishikawa, who took Gonzalez’s roster spot last week.

*Nolan Reimold is playing in left field tonight for Double-A Bowie as he continues his rehab assignment. He could be activated when the team comes off their road trip.
ORIOLES LINEUP
Nate McLouth LF
Manny Machado 3B
Nick Markakis RF
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis 1B
Matt Wieters C
J.J. Hardy SS
Ryan Flaherty 2B
Danny Valencia DH

Jason Hammel RHP

BLUE JAYS LINEUP
Melky Cabrera LF
Jose Bautista RF
Edwin Encarnacion DH
Adam Lind 1B
Colby Rasmus CF
Maicer Izturis 3B
Josh Thole C
Emilio Bonifacio 2B
Munenori Kawasaki SS

R.A. Dickey RHP

Orioles agree to terms with Hart and other off day notes

*The Orioles agreed to terms with supplemental first-round pick  prep outfielder Josh Hart on Wednesday night. The signing is pending a physical upon which Hart –who signed slighted below slot value of $1,508,600– will join the team’s Gulf Coast League club, according to an industry source.

Hart was the 37th overall pick, the fourth selection in the First-Year Player Draft’s Competitive Balance Round A. He was selected out of Parkview High School in Lilburn, Ga., and the centerfielder helped lead Parkview to a fourth straight region championship and a berth in the Class AAAAAA state semifinals by hitting .449, with five home runs, 29 RBIs, 39 runs scored and 33 stolen bases this spring.

The 18-year-old Hart , who had committed to Georgia Tech, is a gap-to-gap hitter with average speed and listed at 6-foot-2 and 180 pounds.

Hart’s agreement leaves the club with just two remaining signees in the Top 10, first-rounder Hunter Harvey and seventh-rounder Drew Dosch, who won’t play this year anyways due to knee surgery.  Talks with Harvey are close, according to an industry source, and the Orioles are optimistic they can reach an agreement very soon.

The expectation is Baltimore will sign around 25 players and they’ll target a few later-round draftees next week to come right up to that number.

*The Orioles announced that they’ve traded Minor League catcher Chris Robinson to the San Diego Padres for a player to be named later. Robinson will report to the Padres’ Triple-A team in Tuscon.

*MLB Network aired a nice interview with Chris Davis yesterday and you can watch that here.

*The Orioles are continuing their push to be well-represented at Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game in New York this July by hosting four Vote Orange rallies over the next week. The Vote Orange Street team will visit restaurants and taverns in Federal Hill this Friday, June 21, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. and will then canvass Canton Square restaurants and taverns on Sunday, June 23 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Orioles outfielder Nate McLouth will appear at Modell’s on East Joppa Road from 11:00 a.m. – noon on Tuesday, June 25 as part of a Vote Orange rally at the sporting goods store. That evening the Vote Orange Street team and Downtown Partnership will host a rally at the Orioles Fan Zone, located in Harborplace at the intersection of Pratt and Light Streets.

In the most recent voting totals released this past Saturday, the Orioles had four players – Chris Davis, J.J. Hardy, Adam Jones and Nick Markakis– as the top American League vote-getters at their respective positions. Manny Machado and Matt Wieters were second in vote totals, while McLouth ranked seventh.

The Vote Orange Street Team will be accompanied by The Oriole Bird and will give away game tickets, Vote Orange gear, and other promotional items to reward fans who #VoteOrange. The list of rally dates and locations is below, but the schedule for rallies may be updated with new locations and additional player appearances. Fans are encouraged to visit http://www.orioles.com/voteorange regularly for a complete schedule of events and to #VoteOrange online through July 4.

In-park voting at Oriole Park ends June 25.

Got an Orioles question?

The Orioles, fresh off their Major League-leading 16th series win –a 13-3 victory in Detroit– will head to Toronto for a weekend series.

I’m using Thursday’s off day to answer some questions in my semi-regular inbox on Orioles.com. So if you have a question about the team, please email brittany.ghiroli@mlb.com and include your name and hometown for possible inclusion.

Thanks!

 

Orioles @ Tigers lineups and pregame notes

Greetings from Detroit, where the Orioles will take on the Tigers in the series finale…

*Manager Buck Showalter is giving Chris Davis a half-day off, which he tries to do with certain guys when the team has an upcoming off day. Travis Ishikawa is playing first base and it’ll be interesting to see what the team does with him given that he’s taken the roster spot of Miguel Gonzalez, who has to come off the paternity list on Friday.

*Brian Roberts ran some short bursts on the field yesterday and has been taking slow rollers and practicing going to both sides to test his hamstring. Showalter said Roberts will come in to get a workout on Thursday’s off day in Toronto and the hope is he will be ready to go out on a rehab assignment when the team’s road trip ends.

*Henry Urrutia –who has been out with lower back soreness– was cleared to start playing in games again for Double-A Bowie while Dylan Bundy continues to progress and is up to 90 feet throwing off flat ground.

*Jake Arrieta, who was optioned following Monday’s game, will go to Triple-A Norfolk and get another start to get his feet under him. Showalter said the team has talked about a lot of options — including sending him to extended spring, using him as a reliever — but for now they want him to get at least one start at Norfolk and go from there.

*Nolan Reimold went 0-for-3 in his first rehab game for Double-A Bowie yesterday and he will play left field today.

TIGERS LINEUP
Austin Jackson CF
Andy Dirks LF
Miguel Cabrera 3B
Prince Fielder 1B
Victor Martinez DH
Jhonny Peralta SS
Don Kelly RF
Omar Infante 2B
Bryan Holaday C

Rick Porcello RHP

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

Chris Tillman RHP

Orioles @ Tigers lineups and pregame notes

*Travis Ishikawa is here and will wear No. 45. He’s starting at designated hitter tonight, which means the Orioles will officially place Miguel Gonzalez on paternity leave prior to tonight’s game.

Here are your lineups..
ORIOLES LINEUP

Nate McLouth LF
Manny Machado 3B
Nick Markakis RF
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis 1B
Matt Wieters C
J.J. Hardy SS
Travis Ishikawa DH
Ryan Flaherty SP
Zach Britton LHP

TIGERS LINEUP

Austin Jackson CF
Torii Hunter RF
Miguel Cabrera 3B
Prince Fielder 1B
Victor Martinez DH
Jhonny Peralta SS
Omar Tuiasosopo LF
Omar Infante 2B
Brayan Pena C
Justin Verlander RHP

Orioles expected to add Ishikawa

The Orioles are leaning toward promoting Travis Ishikawa and have until midnight tonight to make a decision on the first baseman, who exercised his opt-out clause and would become a free agent if he isn’t promoted or traded to another club. With the astounding season from first baseman Chris Davis, the O’s haven’t had room for Ishikawa on the roster despite his success at Triple-A Norfolk this season.

But with Miguel Gonzalez leaving the team prior to yesterday’s game, for the birth of his daughter, the Orioles have a roster spot temporarily open. Gonzalez has not been on paternity leave yet, but that’s the plan and it will allow the team to have an extra player for 1-3 days depending on how long Gonzalez is gone. Gonzalez joined wife, Lucia, who gave birth to the couple’s first child, Leah, last night in Southern California. Given Thursday’s off day, he could not miss a start but the Orioles would still get the benefit of an extra player if Gonzalez is put on paternity.

Ishikawa is batting .316/.413/.525 with 16 doubles, seven homers and 31 RBIs in 49 games with Norfolk and was the International League Player of the Month in May. If he’s added, Ishikawa can’t be optioned back to Norfolk and has to be outrighted so he could refuse an assignment back to Triple-A. The Orioles had a similar situation with outfielder Nate McLouth last year, who they ended up adding to the roster right at the midnight deadline.

Speaking of Triple-A, Kevin Gausman will make his first start there tonight. To answer a question I’ve gotten a few times, Gausman was not an option to start yesterday because he has to stay in the Minor Leagues for a minimum of 10 days unless it’s an injury situation. He could have been used for tonight’s start if the team chose to have him as the extra player in place of Gonzalez, but the Orioles opted to go with Zach Britton instead. Britton has pitched well in Triple-A and had one start for the Orioles so far this season. I’d expect Gausman to be back up again very soon, you can bet manager Buck Showalter has the 10th day circled on his calendar, but right now he remains on track to start for Norfolk.

Orioles @ Tigers

*The Orioles will not start Jason Hammel tomorrow and will likely push the right-hander, who has had a stomach virus, back until Friday’s game. Zach Britton will be recalled from Triple-A Norfolk in his place.

Hammel has been sick since Friday and stayed out of the clubhouse the two days after that. He’s in Detroit, but is still pretty weak and it’s probably safest to just let Chris Tillman go on his scheduled day Wednesday afternoon and push Hammel to the opener in Toronto.

*Miguel Gonzalez is in Detroit with the team, so there’s no baby news yet. If Gonzalez does have to leave the team -going on paternity leave- he could potentially be the roster move for Zach Britton.

*Wei-Yin Chen threw off a regular mound today, going 45 pitches, and will throw a simulate game on Thursday next. Manager Buck Showalter said Chen will have another sim game after that and he’s on track to potentially be activated from the DL in early July.

Here are your lineups…
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

Jake Arrieta RHP

TIGERS LINEUP
Austin Jackson CF
Torri Hunter RF
Miguel Cabrera 3B
Prince Fielder 1B
Victor Martinez DH
Jhonny Peralta SS
Andy Dirks LF
Omar Infante 2B
Brayan Pena C

Max Scherzer RHP

Orioles vs. Red Sox

Derek on the blog today for the series finale and the last game of the Orioles home stand.  Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there.

*Dylan Bundy (right flexor mass tightness) will make the next step in his throwing progression Monday. He’ll move to 90 feet for two sessions of 25 throws.

*Top position prospect Jonathan Schoop (lower back stress fracture) took the next step in his recovery. He’s jogging in a pool and throwing.

*The Orioles mapped out Wei-Yin Chen’s recovery schedule. Chen (oblique) threw off a full mound Saturday. “That was a big step [Saturday],” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “He came in today and felt good after throwing from a regular mound [Saturday].”

*Steve Johnson (oblique) is making mild improvements, but hasn’t come very far. They’ll take it slow with oblique injuries because a setback could mean an extended stay on the disabled list.

*The Orioles might push back Jason Hammel (virus) to Tuesday start. He may still make his scheduled start Monday, depending on how the Orioles need to use thier bullpen during Sunday’s game, Showalter said. Hammel spent two days away from the clubhouse with the illnes, but was back Sunday after receiving an IV on Saturday.

*Zach Britton was scratched from his scheduled start at Triple-A Norfolk. He’s one option if Jason Hammel (virus) can’t pitch tomorrow.

*TJ McFarland, who has pitched well out of the bullpen lately, would not be an option Monday, Showalter said. He threw 43 pitches Saturday, but he could be an option to start Tuesday in Detroit if needed.

And here are the lineups:

Baltimore Orioles
Nick Markakis RF
Manny Machado 3B
JJ Hardy SS
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis 1B
Matt Wieters C
Danny Valencia DH
Steve Pearce LF
Alexi Casilla 2B

Miguel Gonzalez P

Boston Red Sox
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Jose Iglesias 2B
Daniel Nava RF
David Ortiz DH
Jonny Gomes LF
Mike Carp 1B
Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
Will Middlebrooks 3B
Stephen Drew SS

Jon Lester P

Orioles vs. Red Sox, Game 3

Derek here on the blog for Game 3 of a four-game set with the Red Sox. O’s have taken the first two games and sit 1.5 behind Boston in the AL East standings.

*Wei-Yin Chen’s pitching session in Sarasota went well today. He was scheduled to throw 35 pitches from a full mound for the first time since straining his oblique in Minnesota. Manager Buck Showalter said he’ll discuss the rehab schedule with GM Dan Duquette today, but has a date in mind that Chen will be back pitching for the Orioles, barring any setbacks.

*Brian Roberts (hamstring) will travel with the team on its road trip to Detroit and Toronto. He could begin a rehab assignment after that.

*Jason Hammel (virus) received an IV yesterday and was not in the clubhouse today. Showalter said if the team doctor thinks Hammel is past the contagious part of the virus, he’ll be back tomorrow. At this point, it seems unlikely Hammel would miss his scheduled Monday start in Detroit.

*Miguel Gonzalez’s wife is scheduled to give birth Wednesday. As of now, it appears Gonzalez will make his scheduled start Sunday, but obviously that could change quickly. Showalter said they have a plan in place for if Gonzalez needs to be scratched tomorrow to be with his wife.

And here are today’s lineups:

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

Freddy Garcia P

Boston Red Sox
Jocoby Ellsbury CF
Shane Victorino RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
David Ortiz DH
Mike Carp 1B
Jonny Gomes LF
Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
Stephen Drew SS
Jose Iglesias 3B

John Lackey P

Orioles vs. Red Sox

It’s Derek on the blog here before Game 2 of a 4-game series at Camden Yards tonight. The Orioles took the first game in 13-innings but used just about the whole bullpen to do it. As such, the game’s starter, Kevin Gausman, was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk last night and today the team recalled Jake Arrieta to bolster the relief corps. If you want to follow me for in game updates, I’m on twitter (@DerekatDotCom).

*Manager Buck Showalter confirmed today that Nolan Reimold (hamstring) will begin his rehab stint Tuesday at Double-A Bowie. Reimold said he expects to be back with the Orioles in fewer than the maximum 20 days allowed to position player for rehab.

*Wei-Yin Chen (oblique) will throw 35 pitches from the mound Saturday in Sarasota. Assuming that goes well, they’ll re-evaluate his situation.

*Alexi Casilla (right index finger) is available to play today, Showalter said. Casilla still had his finger bandaged but said he is “ready to rock and roll.”

*Brian Roberts (hamstring) hit on the field today, Showalter said.

*Jason Hammel caught a virus from his child and is home sick today. He’s scheduled to pitch Monday in Detroit against the Tigers.

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
Chris Dickerson DH
Ryan Flaherty 2B

Chris Tillman P

Boston Red Sox
Jaocby Ellsbury CF
Shane Victorino RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
David Ortiz DH
Mike Carp 1B
Daniel Nava LF
Jose Iglesias SS
Will Middlebrooks 3B
David Ross C

Ryan Dempster P

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