Reimold to DL, Dickerson DFAed, Urrutia & Valencia added
The Orioles made a flurry of roster moves prior to Friday’s series-opener in Texas, selecting the contract of outfielder Henry Urrutia and recalling Danny Valencia from Triple-A Norfolk, with outfielder Nolan Reimold going to the disabled list and Chris Dickerson designated for assignment.
Reimold (nerve inflammation in the cervical spine) will reportedly undergo corrective surgery on Tuesday and it’s unknown immediately what the extent of the procedure is and the recovery timetable. It’s been a rough two years for Reimold, who has played in just 56 games since the start of 2012 and hasn’t played more than 87 games in a season since his rookie year in ’09. After making the team out of Spring Training, Reimold –who had season-ending neck surgery last June– was placed on the DL with a right hamstring strain that nagged him throughout camp and he was activated earlier this month. This DL stay is backdated to July 14 given the All-Star Break.
Reimold hit .195/.250/.336 line in 40 games this season and Valencia will take his roster spot, with Urrutia taking the 40-man spot vacated by Dickerson. Urrutia hit a combined .365 with a .958 OPS between Double-A Bowie and Triple-A Norfolk, flying through the Minor Leagues in his first pro season.
Signed by the Orioles last July, Urrutia didn’t officially arrive until late February due to issues getting a work visa out of Haiti, but the plan since his initial news conference has been for the 26-year-old to end the year with Baltimore.
Urrutia played just 67 games in the Minors and will most likely be used as a left-handed DH, with some of the organization’s initial concerns over his defense and baserunning, although he could occasionally be an outfield option. Urrutia, who spent only 15 games at Triple-A, was billed as a line-drive, gap-to-gap hitter and he hit 20 doubles and seven homers for a .531 slugging percentage at both levels combined.
Urrutia, who did not play in 2011 due to a suspension from an unsuccessful defection attempt, played for Las Tunas in the Cuban League from 2006-10 and batted .350 with 72 doubles, nine triples, 33 home runs and 219 RBIs. He also played for Cuba in the 2010 World Championship and started in right field for the World Team at Sunday’s Sirius XM All-Star Futures Game. He went 0-for-3 with a walk in the World’s 4-2 loss to Team USA.
Valencia, meanwhile, has hit .230/.277/.508 in 21 games with the Orioles this season and posted a .314/.350/.607 batting line in 48 games with Norfolk. This will be his second stint with Baltimore, having been optioned the first time July 3 to clear a roster spot for pitcher Scott Feldman.
The team now has 10 days to trade, release or hope Dickerson clears waivers. Signed to a Minor League deal this spring, Dickerson was one of the team’s final roster cuts and the 31-year-old batted .245/.274/.412 in 46 games for the Orioles after having his contract selected on April 10.