Os to make a roster move, Weeks on his way
Orioles manager Buck Showalter said the club will make a roster move in advance of Wednesday’s series finale against the Yankees and the Virginia Pilot reported that infielder Jemile Weeks has left the team, presumably to join the O’s in New York.
Who goes for Weeks is still unclear, as shortstop J.J. Hardy –who has missed four the team’s last five games– appears to be progressing well and said after Tuesday’s game he hopes to start on Wednesday.
“Not me, I don’t think,” Hardy said of the team’s mysterious DL move. “They haven’t told me anything. I made big strides today. I had spasms in a big area that kind of moved to a small area and that’s normally what happened back in the day. I was really hoping for the SI joint to release today. It didn’t, but when it does, that’s kind of the last step for me.”
Showalter said Hardy was available on Tuesday, though the O’s were fortunate he wasn’t needed in the blowout 14-5 win.
“It would have been tough,” he said. “I could have in an emergency situation. I would have been able to go out there, but it wouldn’t have been easy.”
Weeks, the player involved in this winter’s Jim Johnson trade from Oakland, gives the Orioles another option at second base which has primarily been played by Steve Lombardozzi. He also played centerfield in Norfolk on Saturday and could be a replacement for David Lough, who was the only position player to not get into Tuesday’s game, sparking speculation that he’s the DL candidate.