In his two years with the Orioles, infielder Mark Reynolds was a clubhouse favorite for his self-deprecating humor and his key role in the 2012 playoff run with his powerful bat and solid defense at first base.
“It’s always good to see them and see all the coaches. I have a lot of friends, a lot of close friends [there],” said Reynolds, who is batting .208 with 11 homers and 24 RBIs for Milwaukee. “Even though J.J. stood me up for dinner.”
In response, Hardy said he was having dinner Monday with the host family that he stayed with in 2001 as part of the Brewers’ career development program.
Hardy, who was a second-round pick of the Brewers in 2001 and played with the team from 2005 to 2009, has stayed in touch with that family through the years. This was Hardy’s first time back to Miller Park since 2009.
“I go back much further with them than with Mark Reynolds,” Hardy said, smiling.
It has been two seasons now, but Reynolds said the 2012 Orioles will always be special to him — even if his current teammates tease him about it. Milwaukee starter Kyle Lohse joked Monday that he hadn’t seen Reynolds smile yet with the Brewers and then took a picture of Reynolds joking with the Baltimore media.
“I get the ‘cut the cord’ thing from my [current] teammates,” Reynolds joked. “But with the run we had in 2012, and as close as we were, it’s rare you form friendships like that.”
Davis’ wife gives birth to daughter
First baseman Chris Davis’ wife, Jill, gave birth to the couple’s first child, a 7-pound daughter, on Sunday.
Davis, who went on paternity leave Sunday, is expected to rejoin the team Tuesday in Milwaukee. He doesn’t have to come off the paternity list until Wednesday, although it’d be a surprise if he weren’t in the lineup.
To make room for Davis on the roster, the Orioles likely will reduce their catching stable from three to two.
Rookie Caleb Joseph, who has one hit in 23 at-bats, is the likely candidate, although Steve Clevenger, who has been with the club all season, also could be optioned to the minors without passing through waivers.
Wieters ‘progressing,’ Showalter says
Catcher Matt Wieters (elbow) was eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list Monday, but, as expected, he wasn’t ready.
Wednesday will mark three weeks since the catcher was told to stop throwing and rest the elbow. He had a platelet-rich plasma injection May 12 to accelerate the healing, but his timetable for throwing is not set.
“I talked to him yesterday about that in the dugout. He’s progressing,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Monday. “It’s better than it was … after the shot he took, you are sore for 3 or 4 days from that. So now that’s kind of gone away. It’s encouraging so far.”
Around the horn
The Orioles are playing at Miller Park this week for just the second time — they lost two of three here in 2008. The park opened in 2001. The Orioles and Brewers have faced off in just two series since Milwaukee returned to the National League in 1998 (the Milwaukee Braves were a National League team from 1953 to 1965). The Orioles won two of three against the Brewers at Camden Yards in 2003. … Former Orioles coaches Rick Kranitz, John Shelby and Jerry Narron are on the Brewers’ coaching staff. … Triple-A Norfolk right-hander Suk-min Yoon allowed three earned runs, four hits and a walk while striking out six batters in seven innings Monday. The Tides lost, 5-4, to Lehigh Valley despite Yoon’s quality start and four hits from infielder Brett Wallace. Yoon’s ERA is now 6.32 on the season. … In honor of Memorial Day, the Orioles and Brewers wore camouflage caps and camouflage lettering on their jerseys.