Strop was the player to be named in Wednesday's deal that sent Michael Gonzalez to the Rangers. Basically, the Orioles received cash from the Rangers, which they used to make the claim to get Strop. The acquisition completes the Gonzalez deal.
Strop, 26, was 0-1 with a 3.72 ERA in 11 games with the Rangers in 2011. The hard thrower had a 3.59 ERA in 39 games at Triple-A Round Rock.
Infielder Mark Reynolds, the only major leaguer to strike out 200 times in a season, set the Orioles' single-season record Wednesday with his 161st strikeout. Mickey Tettleton struck out 160 times in 1990. Despite the lofty total, Reynolds might be able to avoid the 200 mark for the first time in four seasons, though he did strike out three times Thursday.
"It potentially is an improvement over his last couple years, maybe three years," Showalter said. "I am not going to sit here and talk about great progress in strikeouts when they are still at that rate. But he and [hitting coach Jim Presley] have worked very hard. [There are] some things he's done with two strikes; I think that has helped."
Matusz's start skipped
Starter Brian Matusz has had his turn in the rotation skipped, and it's unclear when he'll pitch again.
Showalter said his five-man rotation will remain on regular turn — Zach Britton pitches Friday, Alfredo Simon on Saturday and Jeremy Guthrie on Sunday — and Matusz is not scheduled for a start. The decision is based on performance and not injury-related.
Showalter said Matusz, who is 1-7 with a 9.07 ERA in nine starts, likely will have a workday Friday in Tampa. He is not expected to be used out of the bullpen, so he'll just continue to work out with the team before getting another opportunity.
When asked whether he knew when he would be pitching again, Matusz said, "I have no idea."
Guthrie will keep No. 46
Guthrie said he will continue to wear No. 46 after soliciting opinions from various people, including members of Mike Flanagan's family. Flanagan, a former Orioles top official and longtime pitcher who wore No. 46 during his playing career, died Aug. 24.
Guthrie considered giving up the number as a tribute to Flanagan but has decided to keep it.
"I spoke with as many people as I could — most importantly, I talked to the family — and I'm trying to do what they all wanted to do and what they thought Mike would want if he were still here," said Guthrie, who has worn the number since he came to the Orioles in 2007. "The most important thing is, what Flanny meant was so much more than a number."
Around the horn
Short-season Single-Aberdeen pitching coach Scott McGregor will join the Orioles on Monday in New York and serve as interim bullpen coach until the end of the season. The Orioles have shuffled bullpen coaches since Rick Adair was promoted to pitching coach in June. … Saturday's game at Tampa Bay has been moved from 4:10 p.m. to 6:10 p.m. because Fox is not carrying it. Because of a Fox blackout, however, the game will not be aired until 7 p.m. on MASN2. It will be joined in progress. … Wednesday's Orioles-Blue Jays game was the third time this season one club has collected 20 or more hits while holding the other to four or fewer. The Blue Jays out-hit the Orioles 20-4 on their way to a 13-0 win. … Norfolk right-hander Chris Tillman will make his scheduled start Friday at Triple-A. He was considered a potential call-up. … Double-A Bowie infielder Greg Miclat is unable to play with a hairline fracture of his thumb but could return if the Baysox make the playoffs.
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