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Meredith accepts assignment in Norfolk

Sidearmer Cla Meredith has cleared waivers and accepted his assignment to Triple-A Norfolk. Meredith was taken off the Orioles 40-man roster and exposed to waivers with the Orioles trade for Jake Fox. 

Speaking of Norfolk, the Tides lost 2-1 to Charlotte today. Troy Patton allowed two runs (one earned) over six innings, while Josh Bell had two hits.

Zach Britton will make his Triple-A debut against the Knights on Thursday.

Meredith to Triple-A

TORONTO– As expected the Orioles recalled right-hander Chris Tillman from Triple-A Norfolk following Friday’s 5-0 loss. To make room for Tillman, the club optioned sidearmer Cla Meredith back to Norfolk.

“I’ve been in a rut before, I don’t panic, but I’m not the one who calls shots around here,” Meredith said.

“I’m kind of at the mercy of my employer. I’m 26 years old, my arm’s very healthy as is the rest of my body and I envision pitching for a long time whether it’s here or somewhere else.”

The right-hander went 0-2 with a 5.40 ERA in 21 appearances and still has an option remaining, meaning the Orioles don’t have to risk exposing him to waivers.

Meredith has been used in a myriad of roles in the wake of injuries to Mike Gonzalez, Jim Johnson, Koji Uehara and Alfredo Simon and acknowledged Friday night that it’s been a “weird” year for him. He came in lieu of Mark Hendrickson Thursday night and allowed a base-clearing double to the first A’s batter he faced, giving way to a Baltimore’s 7-5 loss. Meredith also allowed Sunday’s walkoff homer to Josh Willingham, sealing the Orioles’ 10-inning defeat to the Nationals.

“This [decision] is one those things I can’t really control,” he said. “I can control when I have the ball in my hand on the mound but I guess really I haven’t exactly done a stellar job. But, like I said, I’ve had bad weeks before and been just fine.”

“I envision the same this time. And we’ll go from there.”

Meredith hasn’t pitched in the Minors since the Padres optioned him to Triple-A Portland on Aug. 15, 2008. The club recalled him just two weeks later.

Albers stating his case?

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Brad Bergesen will be activated to start Saturday’s game, meaning reliever Matt Albers’ days could be numbered. In 13 games, Albers has pitched his way to a 6.75 ERA –the worst mark of any active Orioles reliever – but he has strung together some solid outings as of late.

Albers tossed 2 1/3 scoreless innings in two games against the Yankees and retired all three batters he faced in Friday’s win.

Albers who is out of options, knows the situation and said he’s not going out on the mound with the mindset that he has something to prove.
 
 “I just go out there and try to be successful and help the team win,” Albers said. “That’s really the approach I have to take, instead of trying to worry about what other people think. Obviously if I go out there and I pitch well, that obviously looks good.”

Manager Dave Trembley said Albers’ ball has more sink to it and his improved command has helped get him back on track. Albers suffered both losses in Boston last weekend, allowing four earned runs and recording just one out in that stretch.

“I almost tried to do too much, instead of just making my pitches and let my ball sink a little bit,” Albers said of his past struggles.

He has also talked with pitching coach Rick Kranitz about relying more on his breaking balls early in the count, which has helped keep hitters off balance and led to improved control.

“He wants the ball and he threw a sinker tonight with the exception of the 3-1 pitch to [Darnell] McDonald that was foul, he had movement,” Trembley said.

“And his command has been better. A lot less three-ball counts, a lot more strike ones.”

Has the team seen enough out of Albers to keep him and get rid of someone else? Reliever Cla Meredith would likely be the next to go, since he’s been used solely in one-out situations and still has options remaining. The team could also opt to take a position player off the 25-man roster, such as Julio Lugol, but given the Orioles’ limited depth that’s a long shot.

The decision will be made soon enough, seeing as though Bergesen will be activated for Saturday’s game.

Postgame Meredith, Hughes and Hernandez

More on the Orioles win today at Fenway Park. Here are some of the post-game quotes that didn’t make it in my game story.

Cla Meredith- who recorded his first save in his 272nd career relief appearance.
“I’m just happy to get a chance to get the ball in my hand and get the job done for the ballclub.”

Is it better here as a former Red Sox, to do it at Fenway Park?

“I think every reliever might perform a little bit better when the chips are on the line. Sometimes it doesn’t go your way. But it certainly helps you out a little bit when you are in Fenway Park. We have been scuffling as a ballclub and you get an opportunity to get us in the win column and it definitely helps you out a little bit.”

“It is big [to pull out the win]. If you look at any good team around the league and the one-run games, the close games are the ones that they win and they define you as a ballclub. Certainly not what I did but what the boys did out there today, hanging in there, coming back, throwing some runs up on the board, maybe that will springboard us and we’ll have a nice day off tomorrow and we’ll try to get rolling.”

Starter David Hernandez on watching the team put up some runs

“We have a good lineup, it’s only a matter of time before we start clicking and the last two games we have hit the ball pretty well. Hopefully the runs will show up because of it.”
Hernandez had to finish up his workout and was watching the game in the clubhouse with some of the pitchers.

“We were watching the delay, so we were hearing the Red Sox fans cheering, and we were like, oh, it’s probably not a good thing coming up. So it was pretty tough watching it in here.

“We eventually went into the backroom and they were showing it live. We couldn’t take the 10 second delay and hearing fans cheer and what not.”

Rhyne Hughes

“When Wiggy caught that last out, that feeling was like nothing else. This place was rocking, those guys were trying to make a comeback, it was a lot of fun.”

Has this sunk in yet?

“Last night I think adrenaline was kicking in big time but today I settled down a little more. And that’s what I said yesterday, I was talking to Luke [Scott], I said, ‘I just went to get past the wow stage and get to playing ball’. There’s situations that are going to come up up here that I haven’t been in, but I’m just going to try to stay relaxed and let it stay the same game.”
 
“Sure it’s a big relief, we finally get one. To finally come out on top, it feels really good. Winning always feels good, it makes everything better.”

Koji says DL, new 'pen plans

SARASOTA, Fla. — With no real timetable of when he will get
back on the mound, Orioles reliever Koji Uehara said Monday that he expects to
start the season on the disabled list.

 “If it happens,
there’s nothing I can do about it,” Koji said through interpreter Jiwon Bang. “Obviously
we don’t have many days before [April 6's] Opening Day, so you kind of expect
it.”

Uehara exit March 18’s game 
against the Toronto Blue Jays with a left hamstring strain and hasn’t
thrown on the mound since suffering the injury. 
Prior to Monday’s game, manager Dave Trembley said Koji would have to be
able to show he can throw by mid-week to avoid the DL.

Koji ‘s progression has been slow and deliberate -mostly
just light catch and running – but he said starting the season on the DL
wouldn’t be too disappointing.

“The more important thing is to be ready physically,” he
said.

If Uehara starts the season on the disabled list, it would
open up an extra bullpen slot, perhaps for a guy like Jason Berken, who has
pitched predominantly out of the ‘pen. Berken tossed four scoreless innings in
relief of Chris Tillman in his most recent outing Friday, and could give the
Orioles a second long-inning man to go along with Mark Hendrickson.

Right now, I’d say Berken is on the team’s Opening Day roster, with Cla Meredith, Matt Albers and Will Ohman to round it out. Kam Mickolio is another option, but the big right-hander has been sidelined the last few days with a sore groin and Trembley acknowledged he hasn’t pitched up to expectations. 

Albers is out of options –and pitching better — so the logical thing to do is keep him and have Mickolio get some more work in Triple-A. 

“I think he’s had a very good opportunity to show what he can do,” Trembley said of Mickolio. “Whether it’s been the best he can do, I’m not so sure. I think it’s been
kind of an up-and-down for him. I don’t mean to be very critical, but I
think he’s capable of doing better more consistently. I think he’s
shown glimpses of it. Other times he’s pitched in too many three-ball
counts. I don’t know if his leg has been bothering him for a while and
this has been a reason. There’s an awful lot in there. We just need to
get it out on a more consistent basis.”

In 9 1/3 spring innings, Mickolio has allowed two earned runs on seven hits. He’s struggled with his command, issuing seven walks (against 10 strikeouts) and told me today he will try to get back on the mound Tuesday to test his groin.

Meredith & the BP battle

Cla Meredith has
quietly been putting together a great spring, as the right-hander hasn’t
allowed a hit in five scoreless innings of relief. Meredith has appeared in six
games and is one of the candidates for a right-handed relief role in the
Orioles bullpen.

“There’s some dogfights going on down there in the bullpen,” manager Dave
Trembley said. “They know it and they’re pitching like they know it.”

Meredith tossed a scoreless again on Wednesday and, along
with Matt Albers, should be considered as a front-runner to make the O’s ‘pen.
Albers hasn’t yielded a run in 6 1/3 innings spread over five games.

With closer Mike
Gonzalez
, setup man Jim Johnson,
Koji Uehara
and Mark Hendrickson
locks to make the team the three remaining spots will likely be a situational
lefty and two right-handed relief roles. Kam
Mickolio
figures to be in the mix for one of those, with Trembley raving
earlier in the spring about a spot in the pen being Mickolio’s to lose.

However, he hasn’t been overly impressive this spring, allowing
two runs in six innings over five games. He’s given up five hits and walked
four with four strikeouts. Three of those walks came in Wednesday’s game as
Mickolio labored in some long counts, yielding a run over two innings.

“Mickolio had good stuff but ran his pitch count up, ” Trembley
said. “I would have liked to see him put hitters away a little earlier.”

Bergesen's 2nd Start

Following his second
Spring Training start, Brad Bergese
n acknowledged he isn’t quite where
he needs to be, but he’s getting closer with each successive outing.

Bergesen tossed 2 2/3 innings Monday afternoon, holding the
Red Sox to two runs -both courtesy of David Ortiz’s homer – on five hits. He
also had a walk and a strikeout and reported to be pain-free, both in his right
shoulder and his left shin.

After his season was cut short when he was struck with a
line drive on July 30 of last year, Bergesen has been slowed this spring by a
strained right shoulder capsule suffered while filming a team commercial in
December.

He allowed two runs on three hits over 1 1/3 innings in his
debut Wednesday night, and acknowledged that it’s taking some time to get completely
in sync back on the mound.

“[Getting that feeling back] that’s a big part of it,”
Bergesen said. “But I did have a game plan going into [Monday's start]. I wanted
to try to lower the strike zone, throw as many strikes as a I could, get ahead
of guys. And I thought I did a better job of that today. But still, too many
hitters I am falling behind.”

Bergesen tossed 27 of his 41 pitches for strikes and said
the slider he hung to Ortiz was the worst pitch he threw all afternoon. The Red
Sox slugger was 1-for-19 prior to that.

Cla Meredith, who hasn’t allowed a guy on base this spring,
got the final out of the third inning, with Chris Tillman opening the fourth.
Meredith walked by as the reporters were interviewing Bergesen and joked that
he’d be waiting at his locker should the media need to talk about his lengthy
performance. He only needed one pitch to retired Adrian Beltre on a groundout to second.

Game 4 Post-game Notes on Millwood, Meredith

In case you missed it, I blogged some in-game updates from today’s 9-5 loss to the Tigers. Here some are  final thoughts and highlights from today..

*Manager Dave Trembley said he would have liked starter Kevin Millwood to have gone at least two innings, but acknowledged that the veteran didn’t throw any curve balls and was just working on a fastball-change-up combo.

“Millwood made some good pitches and he got hit, he made some bad pitches and got hit,” Trembley said.

As for Millwood’s claim that he used the outing to get some work in on his change-up, Trembley said he was all for the veteran doing what he feels will get him ready this spring.

“He’s got his own routine that he goes through, I’ve got no problem with that,” Trembley said.

*Trembley said Matt Albers looked better in Saturday’s 2 1/3 scoreless inning stint.

“He did have some ground balls, he did have some sink,” Trembley said of Albers.
He also added that Cla Meredith retired all three left-handed hitters that he faced in the fifth inning.

“I liked that as well,” Trembley said.

*Looking Ahead: Jeremy Guthrie will pitch Sunday afternoon’s home contest at 1:05 pm. Mark
Hendrickson, Kam Mickolio, David Hernandez and Will Ohman also are
scheduled to pitch. On Monday, left-hander Brian Matusz will make his second start against the Twins. Jim Johnson, Koji
Uehara and Wilfrido Perez are also expected to pitch.

 

Game 4 Wrap: Tigers 9, Orioles 5

Follow along here as veterans Kevin Millwood and Justin Verlander each make their respective Grapefruit League debuts…

Update 1:11: Justin Verlander sat down the Orioles in order in the top of the first.

Updated 1:27: Millwood doesn’t
look so hot. A blast (from leadoff man Clete Thomas, a single, a bloop hit and a double and the Tigers
are up a trio of runs.
Alex Avila kept it going with a sacrifice fly and Scott Sizemore had a two-out RBI single, and Ramon Santiago drew a full-count walk. Thomas just singled to bring Millwood’s pitch count to 30, 17 for strikes. And Trembley is out on the mound. What a debut. 6-0 Tigers with Matt Albers in.

Updated 1:45:  Wiggy homered off Verlander to open the second. Brandon Snyder had a one-out walk but Jeff Salazar struck out and Michel Hernandez grounded out to end the frame, 6-1.

Updated 2:00:Nolan Reimold just grounded into a double play to end the top of the third inning. He grounded out to shortstop in his first at-bat, so that should be it for him. Albers is on again to start the bottom of the frame.

Updated 3:00: Just talked to Millwood about his outing, which you can read here. While I was way there was some nice pitching by the relievers. Albers tossed 2 1/3 scoreless frames and was following by a scoreless inning each from Dennis Sarfate and Cla Meredith. Also, Wigginton is 2-for-3 on the day so far, picking up an RBI with the solo homer.

Updated 3:37: Brandon Erbe struggled, giving up three earned runs in the bottom of the sixth to make it 9-1 Tigers. A couple scoreless innings after that and we’re in the bottom of the 8th.

Updated 4:05:

Showcasing the power I wrote about yesterday, Rhyne Hughes homered on a fly ball to left field to score a pair of runs. The Orioles put up another two runs but fell short of a full-fledged rally, losing 9-5. 

  

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