Good morning to all. Well, it’s a good morning for everyone except Erin Henderson and myself. Neither of us can figure out how we went undrafted over the weekend.

Henderson signed a free-agent contract with the Minnesota Vikings last night, reuniting him with brother E.J. Henderson. Now he needs to prove to the rest of the league that he isn’t too fragile to play with the big boys.

I was sure the Atlanta Falcons would select Shelley Long with the third pick. I sensed a trend developing.
I really wanted the Ravens to draft Delaware quarterback Joe Flacco, but I meant with their second pick. I never imagined him going 18th. But at least they got him.

I’m not sure why they took a running back in the second round – even one as good as Ray Rice. There were more pressing needs. But if he was deemed the best player available on the Ravens’ draft board, they weren’t going to pass him up. And I supposed you can’t have enough running backs.

Speaking of which, whatever happened to Curtis Dickey? 

Left-hander Damian Moss started for Triple-A Richmond in Saturday’s game against Norfolk. Yes, THAT Damian Moss. He tossed three scoreless innings before the game was suspended because of rain.

Talk about a guy who wasn’t worthy of the hype. He was 1-5 with a 6.22 ERA in 10 games (nine starts) with the Orioles in 2003 after they acquired him from the San Francisco Giants in the Sidney Ponson trade. Watching him pitch was as frustrating as trying to dry off after a shower with a strand of dental floss.

Moss hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2004. Maybe the Orioles can re-sign Ponson and re-enact the trade, though I’m pretty sure Kurt Ainsworth’s value is down, as well.

Bonus points to all if you remember the third pitcher acquired in the original Ponson deal. (Hint: He also has no shot at being voted into the Orioles’ Hall of Fame).

Jake Arrieta struck out four of the first six batters he faced Friday for Single-A Frederick. Brandon Snyder hit a game-tying, two-run homer.

Yesterday, Brandon Erbe improved to 3-1 for the Keys by holding Potomac to one run and three hits over six innings. Chris Vinyard hit a three-run homer that the Potomac press release described as “a monster shot to dead center.”

As much as I’d like to see Jim Johnson stay in his current bullpen role – if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it – he’s a logical candidate to start for the Orioles on Wednesday with his scoreless-innings streak at 11. Go with the hot hand. And he’s certainly earned the opportunity. But I really like him in long and middle relief.

Greg Aquino doesn't pitch enough to stay sharp, and he doesn't pitch well enough to warrant being used, especially in close games.

Happens every season, doesn't it?

I had him pegged early as this year's version of Jim Brower, Mike DeJean, Steve Reed, etc. Unfortunately for Aquino, he's destined to make the list.



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