Needing some punch for an offense that can't produce key hits, the Orioles are reaching into Triple-A Norfolk for another bat.
Although the move has not been made official, first baseman/outfielder Rhyne Hughes has been summoned to Boston and is expected to be in uniform today, a source confirmed. Hughes posted his promotion, the first of his career, on his Facebook page Friday night.
The Orioles are not announcing the move until a corresponding transaction is made. The player who will be affected by the Hughes' promotion has not been notified as of this early afternoon.
Hughes, 26, was hitting .353 in 51 at-bats with the Tides. He had three homers, five doubles and 11 RBIs. Primarily a first baseman, Hughes has also played in the outfield and been the designated hitter for the Tides while mostly hitting cleanup. He reached base safely in all 14 games he has started and is 6-for-14 (.429 average) with runners in scoring position.
A former eighth-round pick by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 2004, the Orioles acquired Hughes last year as the player to be named in the Gregg Zaun deal. He displayed legitimate power in spring training and should help an Orioles offense that is batting .150 with runners in scoring position and left a season-high 12 men on base Friday in a 4-3 loss to Boston.
The corresponding move could be the demotion or outrighting of a relief pitcher with Alberto Castillo, Matt Albers, Cla Meredith and Kam Mickolio potential candidates. The Orioles also could make a move with backup infielders Justin Turner or Julio Lugo.