Orioles vs. Astros, De Aza DFA’ed

The Orioles reinstated infielder Ryan Flaherty from the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday and, to clear a roster spot, designated outfielder Alejandro De Aza for assignment.

Baltimore will now have 10 days to trade, release or outright De Aza. The 31-year-old batted .214/.277/.359 with three home runs and seven RBIs in 30 games with the Orioles this season.

The news is a bit of a surprise considering infielder Everth Cabrera has options remaining. But with Flaherty coming back from the DL and the recent back issue with shortstop J.J. Hardy, the Orioles want to be able to cover themselves in the infield.

Flaherty, 28, appeared in two rehab games with Triple-A Norfolk, going 0-for-5 with three walks, two RBIs, and a run scored. He was placed on the DL for the second time this season on May 12 with a right groin strain that he had re-tweaked.

*Tyler Wilson will start Game 1 of Thursday’s doubleheader with Mike Wright Game 2. The O’s can recall Wilson because they are allowed to have a 26th man for the straight through DH. The typical rule, of having a guy stay at least 10 days in the Minors unless it’s an injury, doesn’t apply in this case.

ORIOLES LINEUP

Manny Machado 3B
Travis Snider LF
Jimmy Paredes DH
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis 1B
Steve Pearce RF
J.J. Hardy SS
Ryan Flaherty 2B
Caleb Joseph C

Ubaldo Jimenez RHP

1 Comment

Sorry about Alejandro De Asa, but I understand that we desperately need guys that can hit the baseball: we cant be going around wasting fine pitching for lack of timely hitting. De Asa may be the first of many to be shown the door. Hardy, Davis even Pearse may be next if Flaherty, Paredes, Cabrera or Navarro can remain healthy and perform well in offence and defense.

Happy as we all should be with Caleb Joseph I seriously think that Buck should consider the possibility of moving Matt Wietters to first base in place of Davis; who is leaving way, way too many runners in scoring position and Davis is affecting Adam Jones average in a bad way. In 2013 every pitcher was afraid to face Davis, now nobody is. He has pitch selection problems, bat mechanics with 2 strikes, he almost seems that he cant see the baseball once it drops down from his waist and he swings to get lucky. Whatever the reason fans patience is wearing thin, and so should Bucks patience. I know Matt is a great catcher, but with this plan he could still catch every 3 days or so or maybe try Caleb at first. This will give Buck room for an additional pitcher because he would already have 2 catchers less a 1st baseman..

On the plus side I believe that the Orioles starting pitchers are second to none in the eastern division, taken as a group.

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