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News and Notes

*Third overall pick Manny Machado went 0-for-3 with a strikeout today in the Orioles Gulf Coast League game. Machado served at DH and is expected to play the field next week. He’s been working out with offensive coordinator and roving infield instructor Mike Bordick, who has been impressed in his first look at the 18-year-old Machado.

*Jim Johnson will be activated for tonight’s game in Anaheim. Manager Buck Showalter said he would try to stay away from going back-to-back with Johnson, but he’s not going to baby him either. Showalter said they wouldn’t have activated him if he wasn’t a full-go, so expect him to be in the back half of the bullpen soon, if not right away.

Johnson (right elbow inflammation) is on the 60-day disabled list and
will need to be added to the team’s 40-man roster. Given that Jason
Berken is done for the season with a slight tear in his right labrum,
the expected move is to shift him from the 15 to the 60-day DL.

*Chris Tillman struggled for Triple-A Norfolk last night, allowing six earned runs on eight hits and not making it out of the third inning. Still, the 22-year-old Tillman is expected to be a September callup.  Prior to last night, he had been pitching well at Norfolk and it’s time for the Orioles, and new manager Buck Showalter, to see what they have in Tillman.

*Double-A Bowie’s win last night pushes the Baysox to 69-62 on the season, though
they remain 1 1/2 games behind Harrisburg for third place and the final
playoff spot in the Eastern League’s Western Division. The O’s are hoping the Baysox can make the postseason, and it would provide an easy place for David Hernandez (left ankle sprain) to get in a rehab outing or two.

*I wrote last night about Jake Arrieta’s struggle with location, but here are some numbers that might have gotten lost along the way. In 83 Major League innings, he has issued 46 walks against 39
strikeouts. Arrieta has walked at least two batters in all 15 of his
starts — he has walked four or more in five outings. Last night, he issued three free passes in the first inning and while he only escaped with one run, it’s still something that needs to be addressed, and improved upon, for next season.

“You look at his history and his track record in the Minor Leagues, he didn’t have as much of a problem,” Showalter said of Arrieta’s location issues. “Guys are more selective up here. They tick off some two-strike pitches and they make you make them again and again. It’s part of the process but we’ve also seen some really good things from him. You can see that at times that he really grasps it. Stuff is not an issue.”

*One final sidenote: I won’t be in Anaheim as I’m in Grand Rapids, Michigan for a friend’s wedding this weekend instead. If you’re keeping track at home, that’s my second wedding in two weekends. But, as always all your Orioles news and notes will be on the website and in the very capable hands of associate reporter Evan Drellich.

Orioles roster mania

BALTIMORE– The expected flurry of Orioles roster moves this week continued on Tuesday, with the news that right-hander Chris Tillman had been taken out of the rotation and optioned back to Triple-A Norfolk for the second time this season.

Interim Orioles manager Juan Samuel also confirmed that veteran Kevin Millwood will be activated from the 15-day disabled list (right forearm strain) and start Thursday’s game with the rest of the O’s rotation sliding back a day.

Baltimore is expecting to activate closer Michael Gonzalez -either following Wednesday’s game or early on Thursday – and the O’s could also add another arm prior to Wednesday’s game to take the spot vacated by Tillman. Matt Wieters (strained right hamstring) is expected to slide right into the lineup on Sunday, and Brian Roberts, who started a rehab assignment with Double-A Bowie on Monday, could also be activated in the next few days, although the team is leaning toward having Roberts wait. Rookie infielder Josh Bell is expected to be a roster casualty and the team will have to make a few more to clear space.

Although the Orioles roster is in upheaval, president of baseball operations MacPhail said there is “nothing that would indicate” a trade in the next several days, to help free up some space. Beyond that, the Orioles are always discussing possibilities around this time of the year, particularly with veterans like Ty Wigginton and Miguel Tejada.

“We’re still trying to make the decision which way we’re going to go, whether it’s going to be a pitcher or a position player when all these guys come back,” Samuel said of the roster juggling. “I think Andy has got his hands full trying to figure out which way we’re going to go.”

With Roberts, he could possibly begin next week’s road series with the Orioles, but given his injury, a herniated disc in his lower back, Roberts would have to be used sparingly on Toronto’s artificial turf.

While MacPhail acknowledged that “Brian’s rather keen on getting it going,” the organization will reevaluate him on Thursday, when he takes a day off of rehab. Having Roberts play at the Rogers Centre surface -which is similar to the three straight games he started in Tampa Bay prior to reinjuring himself on the Orioles home opener – is hardly ideal and it could push him back another series.

“For me, the ideal place for [Roberts] is Kansas City,” Samuel said. “We have to be smart. We do not want to see him have a major setback. I’m sure he’s going to push his way into playing in Toronto, so we have to be smart with this.”

The Orioles also had to weigh the possibilities concerning sending Tillman back to Norfolk, in what is becoming a yo-yo year for the young righty. With Samuel and MacPhail both against a six-man rotation, Tillman -who allowed eight runs on seven hits over 2 2/3 innings in Monday’s loss – proved to be the odd man. The 22-year-old has struggled to find consistency at the Major League level -nearly pitching a no-hitter in his previous start at Texas-but given that he wasn’t going to throw again for five days, it was an easy choice to make room in the rotation. 

Millwood has been on the disabled list since July 6 with a strained right forearm and has seen a strong-first half collapse into a 10.20 ERA over his previous seven starts. Samuel said he was confident Millwood could return to his early-season form, and Millwood has attested since the All-Star break that his arm has felt much better.
 
The Orioles are equally optimistic about Gonzalez, who was placed on the 60-day DL (left shoulder strain) and used his full rehab assignment, which expires on Wednesday.

While Gonzalez has struggled in the Minor Leagues, Samuel thinks his concentration and focus will help improve his location -and results -when he rejoins the O’s.  Signed to a two-year deal this offseason to close games, Gonzalez appeared in just three games -including two blown saves – before landing on the DL and will be eased back into the later innings.

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