The track record that designated hitter-third baseman Pedro Alvarez brought to Baltimore was a frequent refrain over the first two months of the season, as he began his transition into the American League and waited for the results to come.
With the calendar turning to June, manager Buck Showalter seemed to indicate it was time for that to start showing itself in the Orioles lineup.
"I could hold out hope that he'll get it going, and I think it'll be good when he does for a period of time," Showalter said. "He's had a couple periods where we thought that was getting ready to happen, but it didn't. Keep in mind there's a lot of pitchers he hasn't seen before that he's facing. The guy tonight, he has."
Alvarez got the start at designated hitter against Boston Red Sox right-hander Joe Kelly, who used to be a National League Central foe for the former Pittsburgh Pirates slugger when he was with the St. Louis Cardinals. Alvarez started 15 of 27 games in May, with six coming at third base.
But in 119 plate appearances entering Wednesday's game, Alvarez batted .194/.294/.350 with 10 extra-base hits and 11 RBIs.
Showalter didn't have a set time frame for when Alvarez would need to start hitting before his role was reconsidered. But if it comes time for a role reduction, it's unclear what Alvarez's responsibilities could be.
Alvarez is making $5.75 million on a one-year contract this season.
He has gotten chances at third base in the absence of shortstop J.J. Hardy, but those haven't gone well. He has committed three errors in 51 innings at third base, and cost the Orioles three runs there, according to FanGraphs.
Otherwise, Alvarez has been mostly platooning against right-handers. Alvarez has made 31 starts against right-handers, though he entered Wednesday batting .205/.314/.386 against righties this season.
"We could use him getting going like he's capable of," Showalter said.
Joseph recovering: Showalter said executive vice president Dan Duquette spoke to catcher Caleb Joseph, who is recovering from surgery this week.
Joseph underwent a procedure late Monday night after a foul ball caused a testicular injury during the Memorial Day game against the Red Sox.
"He said he will be in the locker room when he's able to walk around comfortably." Showalter said. "When that is, he doesn't want to come in and have everybody [ask about it]. It's still hurting. I think everybody can identify that. I think he's also not supposed to walk around."
Moving on up: Center fielder Adam Jones moved into 11th place on the Orioles all-time hit list with two hits Tuesday, passing Melvin Mora with 1,325 career hits with the team. Al Bumbry is 10th with 1,403.