KANSAS CITY, MO. — Without much incentive to pry their young players away from the end of the minor league season, the Orioles added only infielder Breyvic Valera from Triple-A Norfolk on Saturday, the first day rosters expanded past the 25-man limit.
Valera, one of five players acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers for Manny Machado on July 18, has already appeared in one big league game with the Orioles, collecting one hit in four at-bats.
At Norfolk, Valera, 26, batted .229 with 11 extra-base hits in 38 games while playing primarily second base with some third base, shortstop and left field mixed in.
Valera will be a switch-hitting utility complement off the bench for Jace Peterson, who has filled largely the same role as a left-handed-hitting bench option for the Orioles this summer.
The club expects more additions in the coming days, once the minor league seasons end Monday. The Tides were on the fringe of the playoff picture, but their elimination means the Orioles won’t have any minor league teams in the postseason.
“I think more than likely it’s because they’ve got three days left,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “Same reason why [the Kansas City Royals] called up one. They’ll be right around the corner. We’re fine.”
Showalter said his discussions with executive vice president Dan Duquette made it seem like arrivals Sunday were possible, but more likely, players would arrive while the team is in Seattle.
Despite a disappointing relief outing Friday, Showalter hasn’t ruled out right-hander Yefry Ramírez returning to the rotation in the season’s final month.
“We’re going to kind of play it by ear,” Showalter said. “A lot of it’s got to do with how we feel about Andrew [Cashner] and Alex [Cobb] and Dylan [Bundy], and who else we call up who actually may not be on the roster, what we’re going to do with [Jimmy] Yacabonis. There might be another opportunity for him to start before it’s over. I was a little disappointed last night, because he’d had been doing so well — he hadn’t been doing it very long — but he’d been intriguing in that [relief] role. Last night was tough.”
Showalter said left-hander Josh Rogers will start again Monday, possibly his last start of the season as the club monitors his innings, with Cobb following him Tuesday to allow a blister problem to heal. Right-hander Luis Ortiz, who finishes out his season Saturday at Norfolk after coming over in the July 31 trade for Jonathan Schoop, is an option to be added to the roster and get starts down the stretch.
Around the horn
Showalter said John Andreoli has a chance to provide some of the same things as Craig Gentry, who was designated for assignment Friday, as a speedy right-handed-hitting bench outfielder. … Infielder Steve Wilkerson (hamstring) is “progressing,” Showalter said, with game action set for late next week.