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Hernandez speaks about the trade

David Hernandez went into this offseason never expecting to be traded. He joked he thought he’d be in Birdland for life.

But today’s trade for Mark Reynolds has Hernandez and reliever Kam Mickolio on their way to Arizona. I just got off the phone with David, who is still in shock. But here’s what he said..

“It’s bittersweet,” Hernandez said of being traded.  “I have a weird feeling,  I don’t know what to expect. But at the
same time its exciting ill be close to home [California] all my family will bea able to
come out.

The only bad thing is all the relationships and friendships I’ve made since
2005. I’ve made a lot of friends through the years.”

[On leaving the Orioles]

“I thought I was going to be there to see them turn it around in the next 3
or 4 years,” Hernandez said. “It’s something I wanted to do. But it just didn’t work out.”

“It’s always good when other teams value you, it makes you feel
like you are definitely needed and wanted. I look at it as a fresh start.”

Talking some 40-man

The Orioles are expected to make a few personnel moves prior to Friday’s midnight deadline for setting rosters in advance of next month’s Rule 5 Draft at the Winter Meetings in Orlando, Fla.

The O’s current 40-man roster is at 32, after a pair cleared waivers yesterday, leaving them with room right now to protect an additional eight, although I don’t think they will use all those spots. Keep in mind that clubs can add players through trades or free-agent signings. They can also continue to remove players, but the rules prevent clubs from adding players to their 40-man roster from within their organization after the deadline until the Rule 5 Draft concludes. That Draft is after the Winter Meetings, so it’s conceivable that the Orioles could leave a few spots open, particularly given that there aren’t a wealth of top prospects that need to be protected.

Players are generally eligible for the Rule 5 Draft if left unprotected after four or five pro seasons – four years for players who were 19 or older when they signed their first pro contract; five years for players who were younger than 19.

Adding top prospect Zach Britton is a near-certainty and fellow pitcher Wynn Pelzer -who the Os got in the deadline trade of Miguel Tejada – is a pretty safe bet as well. You don’t trade for a guy and a few months later leave him exposed, especially since Pelzer -who was listed quite high by Baseball America’s recent ranking of the O’s system – has an arm that projects to be suited to the bullpen, i.e., a quicker route to the Majors.

Others who would need to protected or risk being exposed are: Matt Angle, Ryan Adams, Tyler Henson, Joe Mahoney, Pedro Beato, Billy Rowell, Tim Bascom, Steve Johnson, Pat Egan, Brandon Cooney, Chad Thall, Brandon Waring and Robbie Widlansky.

For more info on the Rule 5 Draft and its potential impact (who could forget the Rays losing Josh Hamilton?)’s Jonathan Mayo has a good story up here.

*I’ve gotten a few questions so here’s my completed unsolicited opinion on the Baltimore Sun’s report that the Orioles asking about the Rays shortstop Jason Bartlett. Tampa Bay reportedly countered by asking about David Hernandez. I don’t like the idea at all, and fortunately, it’s highly unlikely at this point. If you are going to trade a young, cheap arm that hits the upper-90s my thought is you better be getting back a bat. It’s all preliminary talks at this point –the Os also reportedly asked about the Twins SS, J.J. Hardy — but in my opinion, Hernandez is too good of a trade chip to waste on a slight upgrade of Cesar Izturis. Get the power bat first. Package Hernandez, or another young arm with a guy like Felix Pie for a middle-of-the-order bat or a true impact shortstop or starter. Not a potential rental. 

Agree? Disagree? Got a better idea? Let’s hear it. Email me or join the fun on Twitter

Patton here too, Jones in lineup, Gonzo out etc

*Lefty Troy Patton was told late last night that he would be coming to join the Orioles in New York. So with his car packed to go home, he drove to Baltimore and then flew here.

He will join David Hernandez and Pedro Viola in a crowded bullpen, and is expected to be used in long relief. Patton has been called up twice before but not used. Here’s hoping he’s get a chance this time.

*Also, Adam Jones is back in the lineup tonight and feeling good.

*The Orioles might start to alter their six-man rotation after this weekend’s set in Detroit, but for now it will go as scheduled.

*Michael Gonzalez is dealing with some back tightness and wasn’t available yesterday. He pitched back-to-back outings Saturday and Sunday and would only be used in an emergency situation today. 

Orioles/Yankees lineups

*Manager Buck Showalter is hoping this is the day Adam Jones is mad at him. Jones isn’t in the lineup but is taking pregame batting practice and could be available later in the game if he states his case. Either way, look for Jones –who had a cortisone shot in his left shoulder prior to Thursday’s game — to be in the lineup Tuesday night.

*David Hernandez is throwing an inning for Bowie  today and could be activated after that. Showalter said the team thinks he’s close, although much of that will depend on how he fares in tommorow’s inning. Having Hernandez back could help set Rick VandenHurk up for a spot start or two later this month. 

Given that the O’s have a six-man rotation right now, VandenHurk probably wouldn’t get a start until the team shuts down one of their younger arms. You want to see what you have in VandenHurk- who is out of next options next spring — but you don’t want guys pitching on seven or eight days rest, either.

*There’s no word yet on whether the Orioles will call up any more arms in the final few weeks. The Minor League season ends today and Double-A Bowie is fighting for a playoff spot. Norfolk is out of contention.

*As I blogged yesterday, a trio of top prospects –including third overall pick Manny Machado — are headed to Frederick.   

Brian Roberts 2B
Felix Pie LF
Nick Markakis RF
Luke Scott DH
Matt Wieters C
Ty Wigginton 1B
Corey Patterson CF
Cesar Izturis SS
Josh Bell 3B

LHP Brian Matusz

Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Marcus Thames LF
Jorge Posada DH
Francisco Cervelli C
Brett Gardner CF

RHP A.J. Burnett

Hernandez update and the plan for more arms

Reliever David Hernandez(left ankle sprain) is expected to throw an inning for Double-A Bowie on Saturday and assuming everything goes well, he will pitch again for the Baysox Monday.

Hernandez will be evaluated following the pair of outings in Richmond, Va. and could be activated for the second part of next week’s road trip. Orioles manager Buck Showalter acknowledged Friday that Hernandez’s return could determine what the organization does with long reliever Rick VandenHurk.

VandenHurk is out of options next spring and the Orioles want to see what they have in him, and will try to get the big righty a few starts, although it remains to be seen whether they will be spot starts or if he will be moved into the rotation.

Hernandez’s pending arrival, coupled with the recent surge in the starting rotation, has also given the Orioles little reason to add arms with roster expansion. While Chris Tillman will be inserted into the rotation -now to be six men –  it’s unclear when, or if, the O’s will add extra relievers.   

“We have had a couple [games] where we used a lot of guys. I don’t see [adding a reliever] immediately,” Showalter said. “But it could change.”

Triple-A Norfolk’s Troy Patton, Dennis Sarfate and Alberto Castillo could be potential candidate for a callup, although Patton is the only one on the team’s 40-man roster. The O’s are also believed to be looking at players in Bowie.

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/White Sox lineups and pregame tidbits

*As expected Jim Johnson will be activated for Friday’s series opener in Anaheim.

*David Hernandez threw a bullpen session in Saraosta today with no reported problems. They are working toward him throwing live batting practice on Sept. 1, according to manager Buck Showalter. Hernandez said yesterday he was hoping to return early next month and the Orioles will probably have him pitch at Bowie or Frederick in a rehab outing first.

*Adam Jones is out of the lineup but is available if needed. Jones took a fastball to his left shoudler blade last night and is still pretty sore.

*Luke Scott’s right foot had a nice bruise on it –after fouling off a ball in the fifth inning last night– but the O’s dodged a bullet and he’s back in the lineup today.   

Brian Roberts 2B
Corey Patterson LF
Nick Markakis RF
Ty Wigginton 1B
Luke Scott DH
Felix Pie CF
Matt Wieters C
Cesar Izturis SS
Josh Bell 3B
Brian Matusz LHP

Juan Pierre LF
Alexei Ramirez SS
Alex Rios CF
Paul Konerko 1B
Carlos Quentin DH
A.J. Pierzynski C
Andruw Jones RF
Omar Vizquel 3B
Gordon Beckham 2B
Mark Buehrle LHP

Hernandez likely to DL , B-Rob/Bell OK

Wednesday’s win came with a price, as David Hernandez exited the clubhouse on crutches with a Grade 2 left ankle sprain. Hernandez said he was told it would be 10-14 days, making a scenario where he avoids the disabled list very unlikely.

He will be reexamined tomorrow, but head athletic trainer Richie Bancells said that the tendon that’s the most sore is one that is a slow healer. So, it’s not looking good. Hernandez suffered the injury trying to protect home plate on a wild pitch and didn’t feel his heel roll, but felt something off. He can put pressure on it, but was told not to.

Obviously this is a big blow to an O’s bullpen that was just starting to look like it had regained even footing.  Buck Showalter said he has already talked to president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail about a potential roster move, so you can bet that the O’s will have some movement (maybe Armando Gabino- but he’s not on the 40-man) should Hernandez go to the DL. 

On a brighter note, Josh Bell (left hamstring cramp) and Brian Roberts appear to be OK and both said they would play on Thursday. Roberts was ruled to have a left shin bruise and said it had nothing to do with his back. Phew. 

Os/Twins series opener and tidbits

*Brian Roberts was here and spoke to several reporters today about the ongoing speculation concerning his return. B-Rob has been pushing to come back and I’d be shocked if he wasn’t activated this weekend, probably even for Friday. As for the Toronto turf, he said it wasn’t that big of a deal as people make it, and was confident his back would hold up.
*Who goes for Roberts? Julio Lugo is the team’s only backup shortstop, a fact interim manager Juan Samuel confirmed prior to Thursday’s game. That pretty much puts the nail in the coffin for Scott Moore, who is out of options and will have to clear waivers first.
*Matt Wieters was out running the bases and still expects to be activated and ready for Sunday. Samuel said the other day he would probably insert Wieters right back into the lineup. With Craig Tatum playing so well and Jake Fox able to play multiple positions, who goes on this move is a much tougher call. I know Tatum is out of options, while Fox would have to clear waivers and might not make it through. Samuel said he wasn’t sure if the team can afford to carry three catchers. So stay tuned on that one.
*The Orioles would like to limit the second-half use of first-time relievers Jason Berken and David Hernandez. Particularly with Berken, –who ate up a lot of innings in the first half as the long man — the concern will be keeping them healthy and effective. Of course, a lot of this plan relies on the starters going more than 3 or 4 innings.

Felix Pie LF
Miguel Tejada 3B
Nick Markakis RF
Luke Scott DH
Ty Wigginton 1B
Adam Jones CF
Scott Moore 2B
Craig Tatum C
Cesar Izturis SS
Kevin Millwood RHP

Denard Span CF
Orlando Hudson 2B
Joe Mauer DH
Jason Kubel RF
Michael Cuddyer 1B
Delmon Young LF
J.J. Hardy SS
Nick Punto 3B
Drew Butera C
Carl Pavano RHP

Tillman on track for Saturday

A lot can change, but it appears Chris Tillman will make Saturday’s start in Texas. Given the Orioles overused bullpen the first two games in Detroit, using long man Mark Hendrickson would leave only one long man, Jason Berken for a four-game set against a lethal Rangers lineup.

Tillman is already on track to make that start for Norfolk, so he would be able to stay on schedule. Plus, it would afford the Orioles a full bullpen to work with. In three starts since his demotion, Tillman is 3-0 with a 1.66 ERA and
has allowed just 10 hits and five walks while striking out 13 in 21 2/3
innings. He’s dominated at Triple-A and would learn more –not to mention be significantly challenged — at the Major League level.

“He’s [scheduled to pitch] right on that day. It makes sense,” pitching coach Rick Kranitz said of tabbing Tillman for Saturday. “We need some length in the bullpen is what we need, we pushed Berken and [David] Hernandez back, to the end of the game, and if Hendrickson then becomes a starter we don’t have a lot of length. It makes more sense that he would come up and pitch for us.”

While Tillman has struggled in the big leagues this season, going 0-3 with an 8.40 ERA in four starts, Kranitz isn’t worried about him losing confidence.

“I think the experience is invaluable,” Kranitz said of bringing up young guys like current O’s starter Jake
and Tillman rather than letting them dominate for Norfolk.
“Obviously you don’t want them to get beat up [in the Majors] but you
got to be a tough guy up here.”

“I’ve seen it before, guys will go down [to Triple-A] and pitch pretty well and come up and maybe scuffle a little bit. But that’s part of the process. [Tillman] will put it together, it’s just a matter of time. Sooner or later hes going to come up here and its going to click. And he will say, ‘Ok, I don’t have to give these guys as much credit as I have.'”