Orioles notes and observations on Wright, Parra, Givens and Parmelee
By Dan Connolly and Ryan Baillargeon
The Baltimore Sun|
Aug 01, 2015 | 7:00 AM
Outfielder Gerardo Parra talks about being traded to the Orioles at the trade deadline. Parra has the highest batting average in baseball since May 1, and is currently hitting .328. (Kevin Richardson/Baltimore Sun video)
One of the reasons the Orioles felt comfortable trading reliever Tommy Hunter is because they felt like they had enough depth in the minors that they could replace his innings and be able to more freely shuttle pieces up and down to keep the bullpen fresh.
That theory could be tested as soon as Saturday.
Mike Wright, who was recalled from Triple-A on Friday as part of the roster shuffling caused by the trade deadline, left with one out in the fifth inning with what appears to be a left calf strain. He is getting an MRI on Saturday morning, and it's possible he will have to go on the disabled list. He was wearing a soft boot on his left foot after the game.
"If we don't feel like Mike Wright is ready to go, we'll probably talk about adding somebody," said Orioles manager Buck Showalter, who said he might not necessarily add a long man to fill Wright's role. "In some cases you can't be picky. There were a lot of phone calls made to Norfolk tonight. We took their starters [Wright and the recently traded Zach Davies] two nights in a row."
Wright said he has never had this type of injury any previous season. He said he felt a calf cramp in his last start at Norfolk, but it went away.
"The next couple of days I felt fine. I threw a bullpen yesterday and felt perfectly fine, and then today, the throw down from [catcher Matt] Wieters, I felt it grab pretty good," he said.
The Orioles staff is already a bit compromised because Chris Tillman sprained his left ankle Wednesday and his Monday start in Oakland is in jeopardy. Wright was considered a potential replacement for that game if Tillman can't go.
"Chris is a little better, but I think [Saturday] is big day with Tillman whether he'll make Monday's start," Showalter said. "We'll know after probably [Saturday]."
Parra 'happy' to be Oriole
Outfielder Gerardo Parra, who was acquired before Friday's nonwaiver trade deadline for prospect Zach Davies, spoke with the media for the first time as an Oriole after Friday night's game.
The former Milwaukee Brewer highlighted how thrilled he was to be in Baltimore, using "happy" eight times while being interviewed.
"I just want to play hard every day, try to help the team," Parra said. "We are here to win. I'm just doing the best I can and try to help the team make the playoffs."
Parra arrived at game time Friday, so he didn't get the start, though he was available off the bench. The 28-year-old has won Gold Gloves in right and left field, and Showalter isn't sure which corner spot he will man with the Orioles.
As for Parra, he doesn't seem to mind which spot he plays, either.
"It doesn't matter to me," Parra said. "I can play short, second base, I just want to make a help to the team."
There was a box of balls waiting at Mychal Givens' locker after Friday's game. The 25-year-old right-hander had just notched his first major league win.
It was Givens' second career appearance — his other coming at Fenway Park on June 24, and he credited that outing and spring traing with helping to get the butterflies out.
"I felt comfortable," Givens said. "The guys are really good, even make you a little family."
The shortstop-turned-pitcher didn't show any signs of nerves even after he came back out for the sixth inning with the Orioles trailing by one (he entered in the fifth down 6-1). He worked around a one-out single to complete 1 2/3 scoreless innings as the Orioles took an 8-6 lead in the bottom half of the inning.
"It feels great," Givens said. "[I'm] just taking everything in, enjoying the moment, enjoying the time with the team right now."
Showalter explains DFAing Parmelee
In a host of moves Friday afternoon, Chris Parmelee, who had played first base and right field in 32 games with the Orioles, was designated for assignment to make room on the 25-man roster. After Friday's win, Showalter explained why Parmelee was the odd man out.
"[Executive vice president] Dan [Duquette] came down, kind of what he wanted to do," Showalter said. "We talked about it. We'd like to keep them all. It's tough. It was a good offseason sign, and we gave him the opportunity. Had a good year going in Norfolk, came here and was good early on. Played good defense for us. I think what it comes down to, we feel like Parra can help us more. We will see where the season takes us."