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Down to the wire with Vlad

Where will Vladimir Guerrero sign? It’s February and Spring Training is literally just around the corner, making these next two days very important tweets ESPN’s Buster Olney.
 
“The next 48 hours [are] expected to be pivotal in the Vladimir Guerrero contract talks,” Olney tweeted earlier. “The O’s have their offer on table; Vlad is looking for more.”

Not much here that hasn’t already been talked about, but it seems as if Guerrero will make a decision soon. The Orioles have had an offer on the table since Thursday and as of Wednesday morning have no knowledge of any self-imposed deadline from Guerrero or his camp.

They haven’t threatened to withdraw their offer by a certain date, either.

So, we’re left with Vlad weighing his other options, whatever they may be (an interesting idea floated last night by FoxSports was the Rays. More on that here.)

The O’s offer — believed to reach the $5 million mark with incentives — isn’t changing.  He’s made it no secret that he wants to play for a team with a chance to win and is more comfortable with a clubhouse that has some Latin American players. Neither of those things works in the O’s favor but they can offer Guerrero something most clubs can’t: consistent playing time.

He’d be a full-time DH, with Luke Scott moving to left field and Felix Pie/Nolan Reimold battling it out in Spring. Reimold has an option left so he could start the season in Triple-A.

What the O’s would sacrifice on defense with Scott in left, they’d presumably make up for with a beefed-up lineup.  You’ve heard before that the Rangers and Angels could sign Vlad in a part-time role, and he could put value the chance to play for either of those teams again over coming to Baltimore.

Either way, it looks to be resolved before the week is over.

Os/Red Sox lineups and pregame tidbits

*Brian Matusz was named AL Rookie of the Month for August. In six August starts, Matusz went 4-1 with a 2.43 ERA (37.0IP, 10ER).

*Adam Jones and Corey Patterson are not in the starting lineup and both outfielders are pretty banged up. Jones has been dealing with upper back soreness and left last night’s game prior to taking his scheduled at-bat in the seventh, while Patterson has been getting treatment on his neck and shoulder area after crashing into the wall in Chicago and again in Anaheim. Manager Buck Showalter will try to stay away from both of them, with Nolan Reimold getting an outfield start. While Patterson said he could maybe pinch run, Jones is a little more beat up and may be out for another day or two.

*Double-A Bowie outfielder Xavier Avery was added to the Arizona Fall League roster and will join the O’s Scottsdale team.

*Oh, and Jake Arrieta shaved his mustache, which I know is a big deal around here. He also lost a bet with catcher Matt Wieters that he’d keep it til the end of the year and had to fork over some money to him this afternoon. 

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

Brad Bergesen RHP

RED SOX LINEUP:
Marco Scutaro SS
JD Drew RF
Victor Martinez C
David Ortiz DH
Adrian Beltre 3B
Jed Lowrie 2B
Mike Lowell 1B
Daniel Nava LF
Ryan Kalish CF

Daisuke Matsuzaka RHP
 

Roberts in lineup, Andino among 3 to come up

Update: The Orioles are expected to bring up three guys, Robert Andino, Nolan Reimold and Brandon Snyder on Wednesday. Pitchers will come later since the Os have a well-rested pen and can bring up an extra arm whenever they want.

Since Andino is not on the 40-man roster the Orioles will probably take Frank Mata or Armando Gabino off.

Chris Tillman is starting tonight in Norfolk and isn’t a lock to come up and join the rotation. He struggled last start and if he has another short stint, the O’s could rethink adding him. It’s an important outing to keep an eye on.

Brian Roberts and Adam Jones are in the lineup. Roberts (hip strain) was day-to-day following Monday’s off day and was clearing following pregame batting practice.

Given that Julio Lugo to a hit to the head over the weekend (although a CAT scan came back OK) and Roberts’ uncertainty, Andino will be up to provide some emergency depth. He’s not on the 40-man, so a move will have to be made there.

The Orioles are expected to call up a few players tomorrow, and then wait until Norfolk’s season ends next week to bring up the rest. Chris Tillman and Nolan Reimold are expected to be recalled, with left Troy Patton another possibility to help boost the pen. Keep in mind the Orioles are going to need innings and Patton can be used in long relief to give the Os some length. Current long man Rick VandenHurk is expected to get a few starts so if Patton comes up, he would presumably take his place

 

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.  

Down on the farm

Nolan Reimold is starting at first base tonight for Triple-A Norfolk. He has a five-game hitting streak, and is heating up as of late. Still, I’m told his strikeouts are still a concern within the organization.

Robert Andino
has been playing second base exclusively at the Orioles request, which is an interesting move. He’s not on the team’s 40-man roster, but getting Andino some work at second could signify a number of things.

Could the Orioles DFA Julio Lugo? More likely they’d try to deal him, since Lugo’s had a nice few games on the West Coast and has been mentioned (along with Cesar Izturis) in various trade rumors. Could it spell the end of Ty Wigginton, another trade chip ? I don’t know. It could be as simple as them wanting him to be more versatile. Still, it’s an interesting situation to keep tabs on as trade talks start to heat up. FYI, the deadline is July 31.  

Bergesen's start and things to watch for…

Brad Bergesen threw for Triple-A Norfolk tonight, and yielded two runs over five solid innings against Lehigh Valley. He allowed five hits and a walk and struck out four. Pitching on three days rest –which puts him in line for Saturday’s start in Baltimore if needed — Bergesen threw 58 of his 85 pitches for strikes.

Interim manager Juan Samuel said last week that Bergesen had to show he had returned to his mechanics, while pitching coach Rick Kranitz wasn’t ready to just hand Bergesen Saturday’s start. Kranitz didn’t say what it would take for Bergesen to earn the promotion, so I’m not sure if tonight’s effort was good enough. As I blogged yesterday, the decision isn’t just Bergesen or Chris Tillman. The Orioles have given thought to using long man Mark Hendrickson or even Jason Berken. (Although Berken has done so well it’d be hard to justify moving him out of the ‘pen, even if it is just a spot start.)

Monday is an off day so they could feasibly let Bergesen get another outing in Norfolk and go with a four-man rotation next week, following Saturday’s spot start.

Either way, there could be some changes coming this week to the roster. If Tillman doesn’t get Saturday’s start, he will likely be optioned back to Norfolk since the organization has made it clear they won’t let him just sit in the bullpen. If Bergesen earns the spot they could call up a reliever or a position player to have for the next few days before making the starter move official. 

Another thing to watch for is the Orioles interest in Jake Fox, which could cost Garrett Atkins his roster spot.

In unrelated, but positive news, Felix Pie’s first day on rehab in the Gulf Coast League went off without a hitch. He could be back at the end of the homestand, which, of course, would cause some more shuffling.

Orioles outfielder Nolan Reimold is starting to heat up in Norfolk with a five-game hitting streak entering Tuesday. Since going 0-for-3 on June 15, he is 9-for-20 with two doubles and three RBIs.   

Reimold over the Mendoza line

Nolan Reimold went 3-for-4 at Norfolk tonight, and is hitting .206 in 29 Triple-A games. Is he heating up? It’s too soon to really tell, but he is 5-for-9 in the last two games and hitting .273 over his last 10. It’s encouraging, and hopefully he can keep it up. To say the O’s could use a healthy Reimold would be a severe understatement.

*Also, the Delmarva Shorebirds will host the 2011 South Atlantic League
All-Star Game on June 21, 2011.
Congrats to them.

Minors Matters

First, just an FYI for tonight’s Draft. The Orioles have the third overall pick and the media will get to speak with scouting director Joe Jordan at approximately 8:30 p.m. ET. As I noted in my Draft preview, the Os top spot affords them the luxury of getting either prep shortstop Manny Machado or hs arm Jameson Taillon. According to this moring’s Pittsburgh Post Gazette, the Bucs are leaning toward Machado, and it’s believed the O’s prefer Taillon anyhow. Things could always change, but that’s the way it’s looking right now.

Also, I got a few emails about Josh Bell not playing for Norfolk these last two games. He has been sidelined with a stiff neck. In other moves, the Tides placed outfielder Joey Gathright on the disabled list with a strained back, and activated Michael Aubrey to assume his roster spot.

We’ve solved the Jake Arrieta in relief question –given that Os were unsure if they would need him — and he pitched two scoreless innings out of Norfolk’s ‘pen. It’s not a question of if, but when we will see Arrieta up with the O’s. I’d imagine a lot of what they do with Arrieta hinges on if Brad Bergesen can get back on track.  

Nolan Reimold went 2-4 and hit a two-run home run, his third of the season and Brandon Snyder homered for the second straight day — his fourth of the season — in Norfolk’s 12-9 loss.

Double-A Bowie’s Zach Britton started for the Baysox and earned the win to improve to 5-3 on the season. Britton pitched 7 1 1.3 innings and allowed two unearned runs on seven hits, while walking three and striking out six. In his last three starts, Britton is 2-0 with a 0.87 ERA, a stretch of two earned runs over 20 2/3 innings.

Orioles/Royals lineup and tidbits

*Brian Roberts will report to the team’s facility in Sarasota, Fla. on Wednesday and is expected to continue to progress in baseball-related activities until he can go on a rehab assignment.

*Mike Gonzalez threw to live hitters for the first time today, tossing live BP in Sarasota.
 
*Much has been made about Nolan Reimold playing first base yesterday, and Orioles manager Dave Trembley acknowledged that Reimold will play first pretty regularly while in Triple-A.  He admitted he’s not sure if Reimold -who is nine months removed from Achillies heel surgery – will ever have the same agility and mobility that he did before the injury.

*Koji to close? It’s a possibility Trembley wouldn’t rule out.

As always, more details to come on Orioles.com. But here are the lineups for today’s game as the forecast has some light rain, but the team is confident they’ll get the game in. (As I type this, they are taking the tarp off the field.)

Orioles starter Brad Bergesen faces Kansas City for the first time since he was struck by a Billy Butler liner to the shin last July. He will be opposed by Kyle Davies.

ORIOLES LINEUP:
Corey Patterson LF
Nick Markakis RF
Ty Wigginton 2B
Miguel Tejada 3B
Luke Scott DH
Matt Wieters C
Adam Jones CF
Garrett Atkins 1B
Cesar Izturis SS
Brad Bergesen RHP

ROYALS LINEUP:

Scott Podsednik LF
Mike Aviles 2B
David DeJesus RF
Billy Butler 1B
Jose Guillen DH
Alberto Callaspo 3B
Mitch Maier CF
Yuniesky Betancourt SS
Jason Kendall C
Kyle Davies RHP

Reimold's future plans?

With Rhyne Hughesdemotion back to Triple-A Norfolk, Orioles manager Dave Trembley confirmed that the Garrett Atkins will be the team’s first baseman for the next few days. But how much longer beyond that?

“I’ll sleep on it,” Trembley said following Atkins’ 0-for-4 showing in Sunday’s loss. “And we’ll see where we’re at.”

Things could get interesting given that Nolan Reimold started at first base for Norfolk on Sunday afternoon. Reimold has struggled offensively this season — prompting the demotion — but if he can get back on track he could get a shot at first base.

At one point last year that appeared to be the Orioles plan, but Reimold spent this spring solely in the outfield. He did take ground balls at first base in the final days of camp, but reporters were told to not read too much into it.

Given the spark Corey Patterson has given the O’s in left field, putting Reimold at first base isn’t such a crazy idea. Especially when you factor in the under-performing Atkins, who entered Sunday hitting .253 and is homer-less this year. Atkins struck out swinging, grounded into a double play and had two other ground outs against Indians starter Jake Westbrook to drop his average to .243. 

Reimold went hitless in his first two games with the Tides, but connected for a two-run homer for in his third at-bat on Sunday.

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