Outfielder L.J. Hoes is headed to Baltimore and will most likely be activated for Sunday’s Orioles game against the Boston Red Sox, according to a source.
Hoes, rated as the No. 6 prospect in the organization by Baseball America, is batting .304 with a .406 on-base percentage in 99 games for Triple-A Norfolk this season. He has more walks (58) than strikeouts (56) to go with 29 extra-base hits.
The 23-year-old made his major-league debut Sept. 25, 2012 and appeared in two games with one at-bat for the Orioles. He had a .300/.374/.397 slash line in 82 games with the Tides in 2012.
It’s expected he will take the place of a pitcher on the roster. The Orioles currently have only three players on their bench — Ryan Flaherty, Alexi Casilla and Taylor Teagarden.
Right-hander Chris Tillman’s performance against the Red Sox on Friday night — seven shutout innings of two-hit ball — set a standard among pitchers in the Orioles clubhouse.
“Right now, we’re doing a good job of pushing each other to continue to kind of one-up the bar,” right-hander Jason Hammel said. “‘All right, beat that. All right, beat that. Kind of a little game within the game. It helps.”
Hammel has struggled recently — he hasn’t won a decision since May 27 at Washington and is sporting his highest ERA since 2007 at 5.20 — and he said he removed himself from the game substantially during the All-Star break. He said he feels refreshed, even though he took the loss in his first start back at Kansas City on Tuesday, allowing three runs on 10 hits in six innings.
“Sometimes you have a bad run,” Hammel said. “Sometimes you have a great run. If you’re worried about proving yourself over and over again, you’re just going to get in your own way. I’m in the big leagues for a reason, and that’s because I have quality stuff and I’m here to compete. It’s not like I doubt myself or I’m not confident, but it’s a matter of minimizing the damage and making sure I’m going about it the right way, not trying to do too much.”
Red Sox lineup: Ellsbury 8, Victorino 9, Pedroia 4, Ortiz DH, Napoli 3, Carp 7, Saltalamacchia 2, Drew 6, Iglesias 5; Dempster 1
Orioles lineup: McLouth 7, Machado 5, Markakis 9, Jones 8, Davis 3, Wieters 2, Hardy 6, Urrutia DH, Roberts 4; Feldman 1