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Bergy to the 'Pen & Os/Sox lineups

*Brad Bergesen is being skipped at least once in the rotation given Monday’s off day. Interim manager Juan Samuel wasn’t sure if this will be a long-term deal or not, but didn’t rule that out. The feeling is Bergesen needs to get his arm slot straightened out. Bergesen has had an up and down year, but do you really give up on the guy?

*Mike Gonzalez’s last bullpen session was “not good” Samuel said. He will take two days off and throw on Tuesday. The Orioles won’t come right out and say it, but mid-June is not looking likely. Keep in mind Gonzalez will need to go on a rehab assignment after he’s through with extended spring.
 
*As expected, Brian Roberts took another day off and rested today.
 
*Matt Wieters is struggling at the plate. Yes, all the Orioles are, but the switch-hitter catcher’s has looked particularly bad lately.  Obviously, Wieters is young and has a lot to work on given the demands of catching. Samuel said he will try to give Wieters more rest days in hopes that will rejuvenate him.

*Will Ohman will remain the team’s closer in the Juan Samuel Era. If you’re curious, David Hernandez will remain the back end of the bullpen guy. He was up warming in the blowout last night,  but that’s only because the Orioles had burned through so many arms. 

ORIOLES LINEUP:
Corey Patterson LF
Miguel Tejada 3B
Nick Markakis RF
Ty Wigginton 1B
Matt Wieters C
Adam Jones CF
Garrett Atkins DH
Julio Lugo 2B
Cesar Izturis SS
Jeremy Guthrie RHP

RED SOX LINEUP
Marco Scutaro SS
Dustin Pedroia 2B
David Ortiz DH
Kevin Youkilis 3B
Victor Martinez 1B
J.D. Drew RF
Jason Varitek C
Josh Reddick CF
Bill Hall LF
Jon Lester LHP

Heaping praise for Hendrickson

The Orioles did all the little things right in Tuesday’s win and got two solid innings of middle relief from big lefty Mark Hendrickson. In the wake of injuries to reliever Koji Uehara and closer Alfredo Simon, manager Dave Trembley told Hendrickson -typically the team’s long man – that he will be now be used in the later innings as well.

“He came to [pitching coach Rick] Kranitz before the game today and said, ‘With [Simon] being out, does my role change?’ And we told him, ‘Yeah, you’ll probably be used later in the game.'” Trembley said.  “And he said, ‘OK, I’m ready for it.’ He did a real nice job. The ball was down, he had good two-seam and he had good extension on his pitches.”
“That’s the best Hendrickson has pitched all year.”

The guy nicknamed Big Smooth by his teammates seemed to cruise through his two scoreless innings, throwing 21 pitches (14 for strikes) and allowing just one hit.
“I’m not going to lie. I loved the situation. I loved the opportunity to come in with the lead late in the game,” Hendrickson said. “I think I just tried to pitch accordingly.”

“If you look at the way I came in and the way Will [Ohman] came in, it seemed like we were just coming in being aggressive, trusting our stuff and accomplishing some zeroes after we had taken the lead. That’s important and that’s something we really haven’t done a good job of. I think tonight we excelled in pretty much every facet, which is nice to see.”

Given that Orioles bullpen now consists of Frank Mata, who is in the big leagues for the first time, and David Hernandez (who has never been a reliever) having a seasoned guy like Hendrickson is a big boost. I know in talking to Jason Berken earlier this season that Hendrickson has been extremely helpful in his successful transition to the ‘pen.

Hopefully, Hendrickson can continue to help the young guys and build on outings like Tuesday.

Koji's status could effect Tillman, Arrieta

Orioles reliever Koji Uehara wasn’t available for the third consecutive game on Saturday and is dealing with right elbow pain similar to the injury that ended his 2009 campaign.  Uehara said he first felt something during Wednesday’s 30-pitch outing in Texas and although nothing is official, the Orioles right-hander could be facing another trip to the disabled list. Uehara hasn’t pitched since Wednesday, leaving an already-short Orioles bullpen further depleted.

The question is what do the Orioles do now? Koji has to go to the DL if he can’t pitch (which would be his 4th trip to the DL since last May). And Trembley said he wouldn’t be available tomorrow which again leaves the bullpen in a bind. They’ve had to get 40 outs in the last three days and with Alberto Castillo being optioned back following Thursday’s loss, you really can’t blame Trembley for the decision to leave in Brad Bergesen in the sixth and then go to long man Mark Hendrickson.

Was it the right move? No. But it was his only move. 

The Orioles starters have failed to make it out of the sixth inning for the last three games, and before that Jeremy Guthrie went six on Wednesday. That puts more pressure on winless veteran Kevin Millwood, who basically needs to throw a complete game to help the pen catch up.

If there isn’t a roster move tomorrow, Monday’s off day could get interesting. Do the Orioles bring back up Castillo, who was largely ineffective in his last stint ? Do they move David Hernandez -who is most effective early — to the bullpen and call up Chris Tillman or Jake Arrieta? Or do they move one of those two young guys up the bullpen to ease them into the rotation and bolster the ‘pen’s depth?

Make no mistake- Tillman and Arrieta are close. So close that president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail paid a visit to Norfolk to watch their last start. When they do come up, what role they have is largely uncertain. But if it were up to me, I’d put Hernandez in the ‘pen and give Tillman or Arrieta a starting spot. Given Hernandez’s stuff, he could be scary good out of the bullpen. And right now, the Orioles don’t have too many relievers you feel good about going to in a tight spot. 
 

Hernandez "pinch-free" on Monday

David Hernandez remains on his regular between-starts regimen and is hopeful he will make Friday’s start in Washington.  Hernandez threw from 90 and 120 feet on Monday without any of the pinching sensation that prevented him from making Sunday’s start.

“I was able to get on top of everything and really get in my arm slot,” Hernandez said.

He said the discomfort in his right shoulder was “very minimal” during light catch on Sunday, and the big test will be Tuesday’s side session.

“I’m assuming if I come through that, I’ll make my next start,” Hernandez said. “I’m going to be fine.”

 Trembley expressed equal confidence that the precautionary measure of skipping a start would alleviate the problem.  The team will have to make a decision concerning Friday’s start after Hernandez’s side session.

Why not Tillman or Arrieta's turn?

I’ve gotten a bunch of emails and tweet questions about the Orioles decision to go with Mark Hendrickson for Sunday’s spot start instead of recalling top pitching prospects Jake Arrieta or Chris Tillman. If you haven’t already read it, David Hernandez was scratched from the start and is day-to-day with left shoulder discomfort.
 
Orioles manager Dave Trembley said there was no thought to bring up a Minor League pitcher, saying he preferred to keep it in-house for one start.

There are a few factors that went into the decision starting with…
1)    Neither Tillman or Arrieta were on schedule to start Sunday. If you’re a loyal blog reader  — and if you aren’t, you should be ;-) – you’d know that both of them just pitched on the 14th and 15th.  They each took a loss for the Tides against Buffalo.
2)    While Tillman is on the team’s 40 man roster, Arrieta is not, meaning it would require some shuffling to add him to the roster and possibly cost the Orioles a player.
3)    Hernandez fully expected to make this start. The final decision didn’t come down until Saturday night and yanking Tillman or Arrieta out of upstate New York for a late flight to make their season (or in Arrieta’s case, professional) debut isn’t ideal.
4)    Mark Hendrickson has good numbers against Cleveland. He entered Sunday 1-0 in five games (four starts) against the Indians, with a 4.38 ERA.

With all that being said, if Hernandez develops into a DL scenario it certainly changes things in regards to who the Orioles use in that fifth spot. This is an interesting situation and one to keep an eye on. While Trembley was confident Hernandez would start Friday, the right-hander was less certain. I don’t doubt that Hernandez wants to pitch -especially against an opponent that’s not the Yankees or Red Sox – but shoulder injuries can linger.

You get the sense in talking to Hernandez that he knows he doesn’t have a lot of rope here, with both Arrieta and Tillman lurking in Norfolk.

Here are Tillman and Arrieta’s Triple-A numbers:
CHRIS TILLMAN 3-4 3.83 in 8 GS, 36 K, 9 BB
JAKE ARRIETA 3-2, 2.20 ERA in 8 GS, 39 K, 28 BBs

Hernandez injured/Hendrickson to start

BALTIMORE–Orioles starter David Hernandez has been scratched from Sunday’s series finale with discomfort in his right shoulder.

Hernandez said he has been dealing with the issue for the last two weeks, bringing it to the team’s attention following his last start against Seattle because for the first time he felt a pinch in shoulder while on the hill. Hernandez will be replaced on Sunday with long reliever Mark Hendrickson and said there is no plan right now to undergo an MRI or do anything besides rest.

The 25-year-old Hernandez has lost his last 11 decisions, which is the longest active streak in the Major Leagues and the second-longest streak in O’s history, behind Mike Boddicker’s 13 in the late 1980s. The 25-year-old has a 9.64 ERA in his last two starts.

Hernandez loses 10th decision

Tasked to set the tone, starter David Hernandez turned in his worst start of the season. Hernandez lasted just 3 2/3 innings on the hill, allowing solo homers to Nick Johnson and Nick Swisher in the first and second frame, to give the Yankees a lead that they never relinquished.

“It’s hard to recover from that–especially when they’ve got two games on you–a day game after a night game, which is a short turnaround,” Trembley said.

“The goal is to get ahead early and build on it–and we didn’t do that. David really—this wasn’t one of his best starts out of him–just didn’t like he had command of much early. He did what he could to hold it, but it wasn’t good enough.”

When I asked Trembley about the team’s double plays balls (they hit into four), he said it goes back to the early deficit.

“It’s hard to do anything when you’re getting beat 6-1,” Trembley said. “That’s number one.”
Hernandez (0-4) was charged with a season-high six runs on six hits and four walks in the loss. He has lost his last 10 decisions.

When asked if he felt like he was running out of chances to get a win, Hernandez seemed a little irritated.

“I realize I haven’t won a game in a while. I don’t know if it’s the chances, what you are talking about with chances,” he said. ” I just go out there and try to win each start I go out there.”

I understand the question was posed because people want changes. But I don’t think Hernandez has pitched himself out of the rotation. Wednesday was a bad start, but as their fifth starter he has given the O’s a chance to win. And he’s certainly not the weakest link right now, given that he’s outpitched Brad Bergesen

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.”

Game 2 Orioles-Rays

Nolan Reimold’s
in the lineup, because Felix Pie has a little rotator cuff strain suffered when he threw to home in Tuesday’s loss. Pie stayed in the game, but said he felt a sharp pain in his arm, which is why he jumped up in the air following the throw. I thought he was angry the throw bounced over catcher Matt Wieters’ shoulder. Guess not.

Pie doesn’t know how long he will be out but said he felt better already this morning compared to last night.

Meanwhile Reimold will get the start a day earlier than expected. He told me he’s not worried about running on the Rays turf, since he did it last season when his Achilles was bothering him.

*Also, in case you missed it, I talked to Robert Andino about clearing waivers
this afternoon.  President of baseball operations Andy MacPhail said Andino will get the bulk of playing time at shortstop in Triple-A Norfolk.

*Mike Gonzalez was the first guy in Dave Trembley’s office this morning and told the Orioles manager he wants the ball tonight. We’ll see what happens. Close friend Rafael Soriano (who got the win for the Rays) texted Gonzalez words of encouragement following an ugly blown save.

*Brad Bergesen and David Hernandez Friday and Saturday’s starters in Baltimore, boarded a 6 p.m. flight earlier tonight to go back to Birdland. They’ll get a chance to settle in and prep for their starts. Hernandez threw a bullpen yesterday and told me he’s pretty excited. 

*New Oriole Julio Lugo was coloring in the white parts of his cleats with an orange permanent marker pregame. He’s still waiting to get his Orioles spikes, but this way he fits in.

Check back here and on Twitter for any and all pregame notes as the O’s try to put last night’s painful loss behind them…

ORIOLES LINEUP

Brian Roberts, 2B
Adam Jones, CF
Nick Markakis, RF
Miguel Tejada, 3B
Luke Scott, DH
Matt Wieters, C
Nolan Reimold, LF
Garrett Atkins, 1B
Cesar Izturis, SS
Jeremy Guthrie, SP

RAYS LINEUP

Jason Bartlett, SS
Carl Crawford, LF
Ben Zobrist, RF
Evan Longoria, 3B
Carlos Pena, 1B
BJ Upton CF
Pat Burrell DH
Kelly Shoppach C
Reid Brignac 2B
Matt Garza, SP

Orioles cut 8

By
now you know about Chris Tillman, who was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk in favor
of David Hernandez, who will be the Orioles fifth starter. The O’s just
announced that Alberto Castillo and Justin Turner will join Tillman at
Triple-A camp.

Catcher
Adam Donachie and outfielder Jeff Salazar has been reassigned to Minor League
camp as well. Baltimore will hang on to infielder Scott Moore and right-handed
pitchers Alfredo Simon and Ross Wolf, although they have also been reassigned to
Minor League camp. The trio will stay in Major League camp to provide depth.

The team’s roster stands at 33.

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