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Juan to the Phillies is official (updated)

Former Orioles interim manager Juan Samuel will not be a part of the organization in 2011. In a move that had grown from speculation to near-certainty the Philadelphia Phillies unveiled Samuel as their new third base coach on Thursday afternoon, a move that shifts Sam Perlozzo to first-base duties starting next spring.

Samuel’s name was not immediately in the mix for O’s manager Buck Showalter’s staff, but after Toronto’s  third base coach Brian Butterfield opted to remain with the Blue Jays, Showalter reached out to Samuel, who gave the new O’s skipper his word that he would return.

But the two sides couldn’t agree on terms, and on Monday MLB.com, citing several sources close to the situation, reported that Samuel’s future would likely be in Philadelphia.  

“[We are] grateful to Juan for the work he has done for us in a wide variety of roles this past season,” president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail said in an email to MLB.com. “He is a true professional and class individual.”

Originally signed as a undrafted free agent by Philadelphia in 1980, Samuel spent from ’83-89 with the big league club and went on to garner National League All-Star honors three times during his 16-year career. Samuel, who became the first Latin-born manager in Orioles history when he temporarily took over for Dave Trembley, was enshrined on the Phillies’ Wall of Fame in 2008.

The opportunity to join his former team came when first base coach Davey Lopes announced his departure at season’s end. Given Samuel’s expertise in outfield/baserunning instruction -which is what Lopes handled – his name quickly became a target.

“I feel fortunate that we were able to add someone of Juan’s stature to our coaching staff,” Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said in the release.  “He was a tremendous Major League player and a big part of Phillies history and I’m looking forward to him passing on his knowledge of the game to our players.  He’s a great addition to our organization.”

Samuel isn’t the only former O’s skipper moving on to a new organization. The Atlanta Braves also named Trembley their Minor League field coordinator on Thursday.

Trembley became the Orioles manager during the 2007 season and maintained that role until he was fired in June.  During his four seasons as Baltimore’s skipper, his clubs combined to go 187-283.

Highly regarded during his 20 seasons as a Minor League manager, Trembley takes over for Tommy Shields, who had spent each of the past four seasons as the Braves Minor League Field coordinator.

Cliff notes on a crazy day

The Orioles sent out the press release this morning confirming that manager Dave Trembley has been fired and third base coach Juan Samuel will take over the club on an interim basis.

Triple-A Norfolk manager Gary Allenson will coach third base on an interim basis,and Bobby Dickerson will move takes over the Tides in Allenson’s place. Dickerson has been serving as the Orioles’ minor league infield coordinator and Latin America field coordinator. 

Trembley's farewell statement

In case you missed it in the story up on the site, former Orioles manager Dave Trembley released a statement following his official dismissal on Friday morning.

“I would like to express my gratitude and appreciation to Peter Angelos and Andy MacPhail for the opportunity to serve as manager for the Baltimore Orioles for the past three years. The results on the field were not what any of us would have hoped for, and I understand that the organization felt the time was right to move in a different direction. While I am disappointed at the outcome, I feel it was a privilege to wear the Orioles uniform each day and I thank all the fans for their tremendous support. I hope the team will soon return to the winning tradition they enjoyed for so many years.”

Trembley: the eye of the hurricane

Manager Dave Trembley was asked, as point-blank as I’ve seen it, about having the tunnel approach of taking each day one game at a time despite the constant rumors of his job security.  

“My approach never will change. Never,” he said.  “I’m a steward of the ship. I’m here to do the very best I can all the time. I’m not thinking about myself, I’m thinking about the team and the organization. You do the very best you can. You don’t get wrapped up in things that you can’t control. That’s the way it is. That’s life. You go with what you got.”

While Trembley doesn’t make it a point to read the newspaper or check this blog (I don’t think), he clearly knows his days as manager of the Orioles are numbered. But I don’t think that’s anything that he would acknowledge or speak about on the record.  

I’m not defending Trembley, but I don’t think he deserves sole ownership of the last-place Orioles. He did the best he could in a crummy situation. Still, I undertand the demand (or is it need?) for a change.  At this point, a shake up is long overdue.

Trembley on Koji, pending roster moves

There’s been speculation about what will happen if when Koji Uehara is placed on the disabled list. When asked point-blank if the Orioles would bring up a reliever, this is what manager Dave Trembley said….

“There’s all kinds of possibilities. And I couldn’t tell you which way we are going right now, but I understand what you are alluding to. I’m very much aware of it, [president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail is] very much aware of it,[pitching coach Rick Kranitz is] very much aware of it. I know Koji feels absolutely terrible. The timing of [his injury] couldn’t have come at a worse time for us.  

We know what the possibilities [are] but to be very honest with you I couldn’t tell you what we are going to do.”

“I know this, what you don’t need is another guy in the bullpen that throws one inning. That’s what you don’t need. You need somebody that can give you multiple innings because people are on [Matt] Albers, people are on [Cla] Meredith. You have to go with what you have. I’ve used those guys an awful lot and you need somebody to give you more than one inning. That’s just what you need.

“I was hoping to get that out of [Mark] Hendrickson yesterday, didn’t happen.  That’s why I stayed with [starter Brad] Bergesen, I’d like to see what everybody said if I had taken Bergesen out of after five. You can’t have your cake and eat it too. You got to understand what’s going on.”

This will be Koji’s fourth trip to the DL since he joined the Orioles last season. Given his success in Japan, this is not what anyone expected.

“All I knew was his history, that he pitched, he had a lot of innings and he pitched very well. And that’s what my expectation was. I think that’s what everybody’s expectation was,” Trembley said.

“The decision was made, the right one, to put him in the bullpen [this year]. Short stints, he was going to help our club, we slot him right in. We have what potentially looks like another setback and it’s difficult to deal with. I like putting him out there.

“For the most part he’s reliable, he gets your three outs and he doesn’t throw a lot of pitches. He’s good.”

Millwood: the best winless ?

Prior to Thursday’s game manager Dave Trembley called Kevin Millwood the best winless pitcher he’s had. Unfortunately, Millwood will have to stay that way. The Orioles late-game comeback saved him from falling to 0-5, but Millwood is still searching for that elusive first ‘W’. He laughed when I told him about Trembley’s comments postgame, but the more I think about it, the more it might be true given his strong starts in previous outings.

Did he pitch well enough to win Thursday’s game? No. And Millwood will be the first to tell you that.  

“Looking back at it, I just didn’t pitch well today, that’s just the way it is,” Millwood said. “But it was a good win for the team. Those guys came through and put a big rally on the board there in the eighth. I am definitely not happy with my performance but I am happy that the team got a win, that is what it is all about.”

 “I thought Kevin after the sixth, it took something out of him, took something out of him a little bit,” manager Dave Trembley said. “He’s going to give you what he’s got all the time. And for me, he’s our best guy. He deserves [to not have suffered the loss].”

Millwood allowed all his runs via the homer and has surrendered an American League-leading 10 knocks in eight starts this year.

 “He’s a strike-thrower and he gives up home runs. Most of the time he gives them up, they’re solo,” Trembley said.  “The good ones give them up because they throw it across the plate. You just don’t want them to come with two guys on. But this was good. We came back and got him off the hook. And that’s good for [winning reliever Mark] Hendrickson. He needed to pitch well and get some time out there.”

As for his 0-4 record Millwood is too much of a professional to complain about a winless start despite a 3.69 ERA. Plus, as he pointed out to me when I relayed Trembley’s winless comment he’s been in this league a long time.

“Luckily, I’ve got a few wins before,” Millwood said.

Seriously, the guy is always in a good mood. Unbelievable. And by “a few wins” he means 155.

Great Scott!

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In the midst of the most prolonged slump of his five-year Major League career, Luke Scott admits he has had many sleepless nights wondering what he’s doing wrong. Following a 4-for-8 series against Seattle, in which he hit a solo homer Wednesday night and a decisive grand slam Thursday afternoon, I asked Scott how he’s feeling now.

“I’ve been feeling better,” Scott said following the Orioles’ 6-5 win.  “Last night I had a nice, although it was short, I had good sleep.”

“Moments like this, it kind of makes you feel like you can breathe again.”

I asked a few of the other Orioles what it was like when Scott hit that grand slam. Starter Kevin Millwood was inside icing, but still heard the place erupt in cheers.
 
“I don’t think anyone hits happier home runs than Luke Scott,” Millwood said. “I don’t know if anyone watches him after his homers because he gets pretty excited.”

So did the rest of the O’s as Corey Patterson admitted he was on his feet watching in nervous anticipation to see if Scott’s ball would avoid left fielder Michael Saunders’ glove.

“[I] saw Saunders going back and I didn’t know because it was on the edge [of the wall] and once it went into his glove and went out, we all went crazy with high fives,” Patterson said.

“We were all excited. That was a great at-bat by him. We were all really, really happy. “

“It’s just big,” Matt Wieters said of Scott’s blast. “Especially from him, if we can get him going it would really help this team. To get a big hit and be able to come from behind and win a game is big for the confidence going forward.”

“Everyone was pumped up,” Scott said of the mood upon his return to the dugout. “It was exciting, guys were pumped up. They were cheering, a lot of energy, a lot of emotion.”

“He’s a tough guy,” manager Dave Trembley said of Scott. “He prepares himself like no other in the off-season. He loves to hit.”
 
The ball narrowly made it as a homer, with the cold, heavy air halting what would have normally been an easy outside-the-parker.
 
“To tell you the truth, I thought I had it,” Saunders said.  “Guys were telling me that when I hit the wall I kind of didn’t have an idea why I didn’t’ catch the ball. A fan with a glove hit my glove away and beat me to the baseball. I had a bead on it, but when I jumped up and hit the wall, I came down empty handed. I at least thought I would be able to touch it. I don’t think I did. I think the fan beat me to it.”

The play wasn’t reviewed, although for a second Scott wasn’t sure what happened because Ty Wigginton stopped around second base.

“Coming up on both of them I saw [Adam Jones] coming back and I had my fist up and was like ‘Yeahhhh.’ And then I was like, ‘Whoa dude, is my mind playing tricks on me or something?” Scott said when he saw the runners stop. “But nope, I just hope it’s real.”

MacPhail, Trembley on JJ

By now you probably know that Jim Johnson has been placed on Triple-A Norfolk’s disabled list with a right elbow injury diagnosed as a strained ulnar collateral ligament by team orthopedist Dr. John Wilckens. Johnson will seek a second opinion with Dr. James Andrews sometime this week for an injury he has reportedly dealt with (quietly) since the beginning of the season.
 
“I’m not terribly worried,” president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail said. “Our prognosis is going to be that he’s going to have to rest for a few weeks. Generally, the second opinion verifies the first, but we’ll get the second opinion for verification.”

What was the first opinion?

“The prognosis is that he probably needs to rest it a few weeks and then start a throwing program,” MacPhail said. “There’s no need for surgery, which is good news on the first opinion. We’ll just get him back when he’s healthy. It’s a strain, but it was explained to me that it’s not in the area that indicates, ‘Oh my gosh, we have a problem.’ It’s in an area where if you let it rest for a while, it’s going to be fine.”

MacPhail said he wasn’t aware of Johnson’s injury until recent days, but wasn’t ready to push the panic button just yet.
 
“Jim Johnson is a terrific kid and a good competitor, but you have to be smart with what it is,” MacPhail said. “We were not aware of at the time anything that is potentially harmful for him. We never would have put him in that situation. We’ll just see what the second opinion is and how things play out. Right now, I’m happy that the prognosis isn’t anything more severe than what the first opinion gives us.”

Manager Dave Trembley found out Sunday morning that Johnson would visit Andrews and was equally in the dark about the right-hander pitching through elbow discomfort.
 
“Depending on what happens here [with Andrews] it might be something where he [and] a lot of these other guys might want to reconsider [pitching hurt],” Trembley said. “It’s one thing to be a tough guy, it’s another thing to look at the best interests of the team and your career, long term and down the road.”

“I admire guys who want pt play, who understand that you are not always going to be 100 percent physically. I admire that but I’ll be interested to see how this whole thing transpires with him, to be honest with you.”

Johnson is the second Orioles reliever to see Andrews this season, with closer Mike Gonzalez (left shoulder strain) also getting a second opinion last month. Gonzalez -who is rehabbing in Sarasota, Fla. –was able to avoid surgery and the Orioles hope Johnson will be as well.

O's/Twins at Target Field

The Orioles will try to halt a three-game skid tonight, with Brad Bergesen taking the mound opposite Carl Pavano. Not much pregame but here are the tidbits…

*Koji Uehara is here and said he’s ready to go. Manager Dave Trembley said he will use Koji in the later innings, and if Simon was not available (say he pitched a few days in a row) Koji could get the ball in a save situation.
*Asked if there would be a roster shakeup given the team’s poor performance Trembley didn’t say one way or another. “Let’s get through the road trip,” he said.
*Adam Jones was back in the lineup after being scratched with a right hip strain yesterday afternoon. Trembley said if Jones was unavailable he would have slid Nick Markakis over from right given Target Field’s vast outfield. 

ORIOLES LINEUP
Adam Jones CF
Nick Markakis RF
Matt Wieters C
Miguel Tejada 3B
Ty Wigginton 2B
Garrett Atkins DH
Rhyne Hughes 1B
Nolan Reimold LF
Cesar Izturis SS

RHP Brad Bergesen

TWINS LINEUP
Denard Span CF
Orlando Hudson 2B
Justin Morneau 1B
Jim Thome DH
Michael Cuddyer RF
Jason Kubel LF
Wilson Ramos C
Alexi Casilla SS
Nick Punto 3B

RHP Carl Pavano

Can't stop the Wiggy

Ty Wigginton, who has assumed primary second base duties in lieu of injured Brian Roberts, has hit six of the Orioles’ 15 homers and has a team-leading 12 RBIs.
Saturday marked the seventh time he has had four hits, his first since July 17, 2007 against the Angels.

“He’s certainly got some very big hits and he’s taken advantage of the opportunity that’s been given him,” manager Dave Trembley said. “He’s really picked the club up since Roberts got hurt.”

 

Ty Wigginton, who has assumed primary second base duties in lieu of injured Brian Roberts, has hit six of the Orioles’ 15 homers and has a team-leading 12 RBIs.
Saturday marked the seventh time he has had four hits, his first since July 17, 2007 against the Angels.
“He’s certainly got some very big hits and he’s taken advantage of the opportunity that’s been given him,” manager Dave Trembley said. “He’s really picked the club up since Roberts got hurt.”

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