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Jones update, plus who the Os might bring up

As expected, Orioles centerfielder Adam Jones was not in the starting lineup and unavailable for Friday’s series opener against the Rays.

Jones received a cortisone injection in his left shoulder prior to Thursday’s 6-4 loss to the Red Sox and his timetable remains “open-ended” according to manager Buck Showalter, who didn’t rule out the possibility of the team recalling another position player for depth.

“Most of the people that would fit are non-roster” said Showalter who cited infielder Scott Moore -making his first start in Triple-A after being sidelined with a lung issue – as a possibility. “But it’s not something we couldn’t get around if there was a real vibrant need for a player.”

The Orioles could designate pitchers Franka Mata or Armando Gabino to clear a spot on their 40-man roster if needed, although Moore’s callup isn’t imminent. Having utility infielder Robert Andino also gives Showalter some flexibility for now, and what the team does going forward will be determined by how Jones responds to the injection in the next day or two.

The Orioles were helped by the return of outfielder Corey Patterson to Friday’s lineup. Patterson, who played center field in place of Jones, has been bothered by a sore neck suffered from a pair of recent collisions with the wall and wasn’t available to swing on Thursday. But Patterson was deemed a full-go after some early batting cage work on Friday afternoon and didn’t expect any lingering issues.

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.
 

ORIOLES LINEUP:
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

TWINS LINEUP:
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

More on the Atkins farewell

BALTIMORE–The Orioles designated Garrett Atkins for
assignment prior to Sunday’s series finale against the Nationals, recalling
right-handed reliever Koji Uehara in his place.

Atkins batted .214 with one homer and nine RBIs in 140 at-bats
and his ineffectiveness relegated him to a bench role, forcing the Orioles to
trade for right-handed power bat Jake Fox on June 22. Atkins made just five
starts in the Orioles last 28 games, going 0-for-3 -including a double-play
ball with the bases-loaded — in his last start on Friday.

The pending return of outfielder Felix Pie –coupled with
the production of Fox and Scott Moore – made Atkins’ release in Baltimore a near
certainty, with rumors swirling the last few days.

Atkins, who was well aware of his situation, acknowledged on
Friday that being DFA’ed could be a blessing in disguise. Recently released
Rays designated hitter Pat Burrell has found a new home and regained his power
stroke in San Francisco, and Atkins said when the O’s cut ties, he won’t look
at it as a bad thing.

“Not at all,” he said in an interview with
MLB.com. “[It would] be a welcome opportunity.”

Atkins was non-tendered by the Colorado Rockies after the
2009 season and was signed by the Orioles to a one-year contract guaranteed to
net him $4 million this year. Baltimore had a club option for 2011, and by
choosing to designate Atkins, will also pay him a $500,000 buyout.  

“We gambled that we could resurrect a bat and it just wasn’t
happening,” said president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail, who was
hopeful when he signed Atkins this winter that he could return to the 20-homers,
100-RBI form of seasons’ past.

“From Spring Training we just didn’t see the power coming
back,” MacPhail said. “And Moore and Fox offer us more flexibility in more
positions. With Atkins it was either first base or DH.”

Toward the end, it became just the bench. Atkins made 17 starts
in March/April and May, but appeared in just six games, with 14 at-bats in the
month of June. 

“I know [interim manager Juan Samuel] feels bad,
there’s only so many spots to go around in the lineup,” Atkins said Friday.
 
“Guys that have been in my position have done a good job. So, you can’t
really complain about not playing when guys are playing good.”

Samuel, who had a meeting with Atkins during the team’s
recent series in San Diego, praised the way the veteran handled the situation.
He reiterated that sentiment during Atkins’ farewell.

“[Atkins] said he was
sorry things didn’t work out for him, that he wasn’t able to do more to help
us,” Samuel said. “He’s a veteran. He understands.”

A soft-spoken guy who rarely left his locker, Atkins was
described as a professional by several teammates, including Ty Wigginton and
close friend Moore, who works out with Atkins in the offseason.

“Unfortunately it was a tough situation, but he’s always
been a professional,” Moore said of Atkins, who lives just twenty minutes away
from him in the offseason. “[He] always had a good attitude, always was here
rooting for [his] teammates and the team.”

While Moore has started to hit his way into more playing
time, the acquisition of utility-man Fox was widely regarded as the nail in the
coffin regarding Atkins’ tenure.

“His opportunities were going to become fewer and fewer,” said
MacPhail, who added that he thought the organization gave Atkins ample time to
turn it around.

The move will free up at-bats for Fox off the bench, as well
as Moore, and Samuel said he has no problem using either one of those guys at
first base, if need be.

As for Atkins, he will be placed on waivers, where the
Orioles will have 10 days to either trade him or grant him his release. If
Atkins clears through waivers, he would have to accept a Minor League
assignment with the O’s or could opt to sign a Minor League free-agent deal
elsewhere.

It’s an option Atkins has not ruled out, and he told MLB.com
on Friday that he would weigh all available options before deciding what was
best.

“Sometimes starting fresh somewhere, probably those things
will help [his power potential],” Samuel said.  “He’s a great guy. He was professional
throughout this whole process and understands why he wasn’t playing. He was
very quiet, didn’t cause any issues in the clubhouse. He was just a veteran
professional.”

Added Wigginton: “He was always one of the first guys getting excited when somebody else go to big hit or whatever. He was one of the first guys to give the guy a pat on the back. He was a very good teammate.”

No Moore?

Scott Moore rolled his right ankle while trying to field a ball during batting practice, as he stepped on another ball. He limped gingerly off the field and was helped by the athletic training staff. Moore was in today’s starting lineup, but Julio Lugo will take over at second base now.

Wieter's Bday bruise & Os/Nats lineups

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*Scott Moore is in uniform (No. 40) and will ready to play off the bench. He said he’s been mostly playing second base at Norfolk but is comfortable playing around the infield.

*Matt Wieters is out of the lineup today with a bruised right knee. He fouled off a pitch in his third-inning at bat Thursday night and was sporting a pretty nice shiner. Said the game’s adrenaline kept him from feeling a lot of pain, and the team’s training staff was hoping to get some of the swelling down with treatment today. He was due for a day off soon anyhow. Oh, and it’s his 24th birthday, as Brian Matusz informed me. So Happy Birthday, Matt.

*Koji Uehara will not be available to pitch tonight. He saw, through interpreter Jiwon Bang, that he was told he will get the day off. Uehara also said the heat wasn’t a factor in Texas so much as his extended  30-pitch outing was. Trembley had mentioned giving Uehara a little breather, so I guess that’s what this is.

*As expected, red-hot Luke Scott is getting the start at first base in place of Garrett Atkins.

ORIOLES LINEUP:

Corey Patterson LF
Ty Wigginton 2B
Nick Markakis RF
Miguel Tejada 3B
Luke Scott 1B
Adam Jones CF
Craig Tatum C
Cesar Izturis SS
David Hernandez RHP

NATIONALS LINEUP:

Willie Harris RF
Christian Guzman 2B
Ryan Zimmerman 3B
Adam Dunn 1B
Josh Willingham LF
Pudge Rodriguez C
Roger Bernadina CF
Ian Desmond SS
Scott Olsen LHP

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.

Trembley on everyone not named Bell.

On Jeremy Guthrie’s two-inning scoreless debut:

“He did [keep the ball down], threw a couple good change-ups back to back. Pitched down, his delivery was clean. Nice start for Jeremy. Very nice start.”

On what stood out in the first game:

“What I liked today was the lefty against lefty matchups. Nicky [Markakis]. Hughes, Moore. That was a good, real good. Nicky looked like he was in midseason form.

Trembley has previously said he was impressed with infielder Rhyne Hughes’ power, which is partially why the team is trying to get Hughes reps in at various positions. Hughes homered twice, along with Josh Bell.

“It’s a very nice way to start,” Trembley said of the team’s 12-2 win over the Rays. “Guys have worked real hard for a solid 10 days. Today is a good day for the team because you could spread it around. Obviously, the guys who had some great individual performances deserve a lot of accolades, but the team deserves credit.”

“It’s a good day for the team, it’s a good day for the Orioles. It’s awfully nice for Sarasota. And I won’t kid anybody, it’s a nice way to get it started. You think about it all winter and you can’t wait to get it started.”

In case you missed it Brian Matusz takes the hill for Thursday’s game in Port Charlotte.  

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