By Eduardo A. Encina, The Baltimore Sun
11:40 PM EDT, August 9, 2013
Executive vice president Dan Duquette wouldn't comment on the Orioles' interest in bringing back former first baseman Mark Reynolds, who was designated for assignment by the Cleveland Indians on Thursday, noting that Reynolds is still under contract.
Since the Orioles weren't interested in re-signing Reynolds this past offseason despite Reynolds' desire to return, they likely won't place a waiver claim on the former Oriole because they'd assume his $6million salary. So the club would have to wait for the Indians to release Reynolds from his contract. He then could be a cost-effective option for the Orioles because Cleveland would still have to pay his remaining contract.
Reynolds, who hit 60 combined homers in 2011 and '12 with the Orioles, started this season with 10 homers, 27 RBIs and a 1.026OPS through his first 28 games in Cleveland, but as the streaky slugger began to slump, he lost playing time and hit just two homers since mid-June.
Asked whether the Orioles would consider acquiring Reynolds over the existing internal options at right-handed designated hitter, Duquette said, “We do have a credible right-handed hitter in Danny Valencia, who is already on the [40-man] roster and would be available to us.”
Johnson ready for stretch
Closer Jim Johnson entered Friday's game having converted 10 straight save opportunities and is on pace for 55 saves, four more than last season's franchise record 51.
Over that span of the past 10 saves, Johnson has thrown 16 or more pitches five times, so there have been few quick innings, but Johnson is confident he will be ready for the stretch run.
“I'm used to it,” Johnson said. “I've been used to it. I train specifically to take that kind of workload and I take is serious.”
Around the horn
Right-hander Scott Feldman, who was available out of the bullpen in an emergency Wednesday, will start Monday's series opener in Arizona. … The Orioles dropped two of three during their last trip to San Francisco and were outscored 17-9. ... The Orioles entered Friday 12-6 against teams from California (5-2 against the Angels, 3-1 against the Athletics, 2-1 against the Dodgers and 2-2 against the Padres). … Shortstop J.J. Hardy became the third Orioles shortstop with three consecutive 20-homer seasons, joining Miguel Tejada (2004-2006) and Cal Ripken Jr. (1982-1991). … Manny Machado and Adam Jones entered Friday tied for the American League lead with 74 hits on the road. ... Wilson Betemit was 2-for-4 and played third base on Friday in his fourth rehab game with the Gulf Coast League Orioles. Betemit is 5-for-12 over that span and Showalter said he hopes to move Betemit, who is recovering from a Grade 2/3 PCL sprain in his right knee, to a higher minor-league afilliate.
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