For most Oriole fans, it would probably be an easy decision. Cesar Izturis is an aging infielder who doesn't hit much, and clearly is still working his way back from elbow surgery. There were two plays last night that an accomplished defensive player – and Izturis is that – makes very easily, and Izturis didn't make either one. The Orioles have nothing to play for so why not let Robert Andino, Blake Davis or Ryan Adams get most of the at-bats at second base, while letting Izturis go on his merry way, and either catch on with a contender as a possible late-game defensive replacement at shortstop, or do something else? I get the thinking and it's hard to argue with it. It also may come to that rather quickly. However, the Orioles won't take that decision lightly. I've said this many times and I know nobody wants to hear it, but no Oriole is more respected and more liked in the clubhouse than Izturis is. He is a sounding board for the Latin players, the young pitchers, manager Buck Showalter and the rest of the coaching staff. He is trusted by everyone in the organization, and if Izturis decided to hang up the spikes after the season, I'd be very surprised if he wasn't on the Orioles' coaching staff next season. Izturis also worked his butt off to get back for the final two months of the season. So as easy as it may sound to unceremoniously dump Izturis or confine him to the bench, it would be an extremely tough decision for Showalter to make.