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Checking on the Tides

With Craig Tatum expected to come back from a brief stint in Triple-A Norfolk for tonight’s game (taking Troy Patton’s spot), here are a few notes from Norfolk…

*Zach Britton made the start for Norfolk Sunday night and took the loss to drop to 1-2. Britton pitched 3 2/3 innings and allowed five runs on eight hits –both career-high’s at Triple-A — with a walk and five strikeouts. He has now failed to complete five innings in four of his seven starts with the Tides.

I know a lot of people called for Britton to come up when the Orioles rotation was struggling, but his recent performance at Triple-A hardly warrants a promotion. The organization doesn’t feel like he’s ready right now, and don’t want to rush him up here just because there’s no one else. That’s part of the reason the O’s traded for Rick VandenHurk, who provides some starting pitching depth and could make an emergency start if needed.

Before this season, Britton had never pitched higher than Double-A, and while he still could be a September callup, he’s important enough to this organization that his development is still first and foremost.

*Nolan Reimold went 4-5 with a double, his 10th home run of the season, two RBIs and four runs scored in Sunday’s Tides’ loss. In his last 21 games, since July 18, Reimold is hitting .320 (24-75) with 13 RBIs, 15 walks and 17 runs scored.

*First baseman Michael Aubrey went 3-5 with three RBI and hit his 15th home run of the season.

*Kam Mickolio pitched 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief, walking one and striking out one for his second scoreless outing since returning from a nearly two-month stint on the disabled list.

*Chris Tillman will start for Norfolk tonight and try to get back on track. Tillman has allowed 15 earned runs over his last 13 innings –a three-start stretch — and hasn’t lasted longer than five innings over that span.  

Does Wiggy stay? and more trade musings

Ty Wigginton has been considered the Orioles best trade chip for months now, but he could end up staying put at the Trade Deadline. Why?

There’s a few reasons to take into account, namely that yesterday’s trade to move Miguel Tejada was primarily to clear a space for top position prospect Josh Bell. The O’s don’t have a first baseman nearly as ready, although Michael Aubrey has been on a tear lately and could earn a call-up to help share a possible platoon with either Jake Fox or Luke Scott.

So far, the offers for Wigginton aren’t deals that would really improve the O’s. He would likely get the same type of mid-level prospect acquired yesterday from San Diego, and his departure would help leave a significant hole in a Baltimore lineup trying to avoid going down as the worst team in franchise history.

MacPhail said yesterday after the Tejada trade that no more moves were on the immediate docket, and given that tomorrow at 4 p.m. ET is the deadline, an “immediate move” would have probably been deemed as something early this morning. Still, things can change in an instant and the O’s could be moved to move Wiggy. But with the Tejada trade and the Rangers –thought to be the front-runners — acquiring Jorge Cantu, I wouldn’t be shocked if he stays.

What’s becoming increasingly more likely is that the Orioles could trade reliever Will Ohman who is cheap and a lefty specialist. Particularly with the bullpen nearly back at full force and Jim Johnson progressing along in Sarasota, the Os could get a decent return on moving Ohman, who was signed to a Minor League deal this spring. 

 

The Lone Star state

The Orioles are coming off a 6-2 4-4 homestand (see what I did there?) and will have a quick two-game set in Texas starting tonight with Jeremy Guthrie on the hill. He will be opposed by Rangers starter Rich Harden who is coming off a start aganst the Royals Saturday night. Harden went five innings giving up two earned runs on six hits while walking two and striking out three in the no-decision.

Tonight is the kind of game the Orioles can win if they can figure out Harden (the only regular who has faced him more than a handle of times is Miguel Tejada, who is hitting .250 in 12 career ABs).

Unfortunately, the two night games in Texas makes for tricky travel plans, and MLB opted for me to instead be ready for IL play in D.C. on Friday. But all your Orioles news will still be on Orioles.com and I’ve informed the highly-capable Todd Wills of the standards we have with here with the O’s. (Hey last-place teams, don’t deserve last place coverage- right?)

Some quick things to look for before I try to get my apartment in order: I would imagine Garrett Atkins would get the start in at least one, if not both, of these games. I grilled Trembley a bit on it yesterday and he made it clear that until there’s another feasible option, Atkins is the option. I still think Luke Scott’s hot bat sees time over there this weekend. They could also move Ty Wigginton over and put Julio Lugo at second base, which is what would have happenend when Lugo pinch-ran on Monday had the O’s tied the game.

Trembley mentioned a roster move coming for Friday’s game, which will probably spell the end for Alberto Castillo. Who comes up? A position player. Possibly Michael Aubrey, who is heating up. And he just so happens to play first base.

Finally, if you missed it, I wrote that the O’s won one for Kevin Millwood last night. He’s far too classy of a game to come out and say it, but seriously…are they ever going to get this guy a W?

  

 

  

Aubrey the answer?

Norfolk’s Michael Aubrey went 2-for-4 with a homer last night and is a strong candidate to be the extra position player the O’s recall for Interleague Play. He was slowed this spring with a non-baseball related issue and then a groin injury but appears to be heating up down in Triple-A. In his last 10 games, Aubrey is batting .433 with two homers and five RBIs, posting a .733 slugging percentage.

Is he the answer to replace slumping Garrett Atkins? I’m not sure Aubrey over Atkins can really be deemed an impact move. But at this point of the season, as Andy MacPhail said has said, the organization’s only option is internally. Aubrey does play first base and would allow the team some flexibility off the bench.

Atkins over Aubrey? I’m not sure what to think. What do you guys think?  

Pie: A go for Saturday

Update 6:20: Manager Dave Trembley confirmed that Pie, Reimold and Aubrey will all be in Saturday’s game. Reimold and Aubrey will split DH duties with Pie in the outfield.

Felix Pie was walking a little funny in the clubhouse on Friday afternoon, but he insisted he felt fine when he woke up this morning and expects to play in Saturday’s game.

“It’s good,” Pie said of the left quadriceps stretch he felt during yesterday’s game. “I’m ready to go.”

Given that Pie’s season ended on a left quadriceps strain last year, he admitted that he was initially a little scared when he felt the muscle stretch.

“I’m not worried [now] because I don’t feel any pain,” he said. “I feel much, much better this morning. I can walk normal.”

Pie said he got some treatment this morning and that he would be “ready to go” for the Orioles-Tigers game in Lakeland at 1:05 p.m. ET tomorrow.

*Also Michael Aubrey was not in the starting lineup but could still get an at-bat. Manager Dave Trembley said prior to Thursday’s game that the plan is for Aubrey to start on Saturday. I blogged Thursday about Aubrey saying he could get in at some point tonight. As far as I know, that’s still a possibility.

*Assuming the weather isn’t too harsh, Nolan Reimold will make his Grapefruit League debut Saturday. The Orioles have been cautious with Reimold this week,but he told me that the plan is for him to play in Lakeland. That would certainly be a positive sign for the club.

Game 2 Lineups and Morning Tidbits

Here is today’s lineups for the game in Port Charlotte against Tampa Bay. Start time is 1:05 and hopefully the wind isn’t quite as bad as yesterday…

ORIOLES

Felix Pie CF
Robert Andino SS
Lou Montanez RF
Ty Wigginton 3B
Scott Moore DH
Jeff Salazar LF
Brandon Snyder 1B
Craig Tatum C
Blake Davis 2B

Brian Matusz LHP
Also expected to pitch: Koji Uehara Mark Hendrickson

RAYS

Gabe Kapler, rf
Carl Crawford, lf
Evan Longoria, 3b
Carlos Pena, 1b
Pat Burrell, dh
Sean Rodriguez, ss
Kelly Shoppach, c
Reid Brignac, 2b
Fernando Perez, cf
Jeff Niemann, p

Also expected to pitch: Alex Torres, Grant Balfour, Joaquin Benoit, Lance Cormier and Dan
Wheeler

*I also spoke briefly with Mike Aubrey, who has been sidelined with a (non baseball-related) procedure he underwent last Thursday. He’s been practicing with the team, and said that manager Dave Trembley approached him this morning about getting in Friday’s night game against the Pirates. So that will likely be his Grapefruit League debut.

Aubrey said he’s not in any pain and isn’t limited in practice, but the club wants to be cautious with him and make sure that the stitches in his back are fully healed.

*Friday’s starter, Chris Tillman was checking the weather on his phone this morning, and was hopeful it won’t be too cold. “I can’t pitch in sleeves,” Tillman said. The early forecast is in the 60s, but it’s a night game so the temps could drop…

Off to Port Charlotte I go..Let’s hope my GPS gets me there safely!

 

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