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Orioles likely to add first baseman Travis Ishikawa to 25-man roster

By Eduardo A. Encina

The Baltimore Sun

10:55 AM EDT, June 18, 2013

DETROIT

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The Orioles are considering adding first baseman Travis Ishikawa to their 25-man roster before tonight’s game in Detroit, according to an industry source.

Ishikawa officially exercised an opt-out clause in his contract on Sunday, giving the Orioles 48 hours to either add him to the 25-man roster, trade him or release him. The Orioles have until midnight to make that decision, so he might not be added in time to be available for tonight's game.

Now that right-hander Miguel Gonzalez left the team before Monday’s game for the birth of his first child, it would allow the Orioles to place Gonzalez on the major league paternity list for up to three days and add Ishikawa to the 25-man roster.

The Orioles will also need to make a 40-man roster move to add Ishikawa.

Ishikawa, a 29-year-old who signed a minor-league deal with the Orioles in the offseason, is having an outstanding season at Triple-A Norfolk, hitting .316/.413/.525 with seven homers and 31 RBIs. He has reached base safely in 32 straight games and was named the organization’s minor league player of the month for May after hitting .413 with seven homers and 24 RBIs in the month.

Ishikawa was hitting .331/.434/.568 against right-handed pitching at Norfolk, so with the Orioles facing a pair of right-handers Justin Verlander and Rick Porcello over the next two days -- and Wednesday’s series finale being an afternoon game -- Ishikawa adds an additional left-handed bat.