When rosters expand today, the Orioles will call up three hitters from Triple-A Norfolk, two who are plenty familiar with Camden Yards and a third who will make his big league debut after years of being one of the club's top positional prospects.
Outfielder Nolan Reimold, who played in 29 major league games this season, and infielder Robert Andino, who was with the club all last year, will return to the Orioles while 2005 first-round pick Brandon Snyder will be with the big league club for the first time.
Within the next week, the Orioles are expected to promote a few pitchers as well. Right-hander Chris Tillman, who threw 62/3 scoreless innings Tuesday for his 11th win at Norfolk, is the most obvious candidate.
Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail said over the weekend that the club likely would promote a typical number of players -- six or seven -- in September.
That could include a player or two from Double-A Bowie as well, he said.
Reimold, 26, was the club's starting left fielder before hitting .205 in 83 at-bats, prompting his May 12 demotion to Triple-A Norfolk, where he has hit .251 with 10 homers and 37 RBIs in 93 Tides games. He has turned it around recently, however, batting .326 in 27August games.
Snyder, 23, a first baseman, will be making his major league debut when he gets into a game. The 13th overall pick in 2005, Snyder has hit .253 with eight homers and 41 RBIs in 97 games with the Tides.
With his promotion, the Orioles will have four of their six first-round selections from 2003 to 2008 in uniform at Camden Yards. The others are Nick Markakis (2003), Matt Wieters (2007) and Brian Matusz (2008).
Andino, 26, was taken off the 40-man roster in March when the club acquired Julio Lugo. Andino has hit 13 homers and driven in 76 RBIs in 131 games with Norfolk.
The club will have to make room on the 40-man roster for Andino. Snyder and Reimold are already on it.
The Orioles would not confirm specifics of the call-ups. It is expected that left-handed pitching prospect Zach Britton will not be promoted this season, though that still could change.
The Orioles welcomed center fielder Adam Jones and second baseman Brian Roberts back into the starting lineup Tuesday.
Roberts, who left Friday's game with left hip soreness, batted leadoff and played second base. He had a magnetic resonance imaging Monday, manager Buck Showalter said, and everything came out fine.
Lugo, a third member of the Orioles' MASH unit, also was available to play and would have started at second base if Roberts couldn't have. Lugo left Sunday's game in the first inning after being hit near the right ear with a pickoff throw from the Los Angeles Angels' Jered Weaver. All Lugo's tests were negative, and aside from a visible bump, he said he was ready to go Tuesday.
"They said I have a hard head," Lugo joked Tuesday when asked the diagnosis.
Showalter visits Aberdeen
On Monday's day off, Showalter went to Ripken Stadium to watch the Aberdeen IronBirds play, in what coincided with the Maryland debut of 2010 first-round draft pick Manny Machado.
"I went to see the Aberdeen IronBirds, not one player," Showalter said. "I haven't introduced myself or talked to Manny. ÃÂÃÂ I'm letting him be a baseball player for the Orioles. Once you're drafted, you fit into the scheme. I understand the reality of that, though."
Showalter said he spoke with Orioles great and IronBirds owner Cal Ripken Jr., as well as several of the organization's scouts and the Aberdeen coaching staff. He came away with a favorable impression of the short-season Single-A facility.
"It ain't the New York-Penn League like I remember, I can tell you that," said Showalter, who managed Oneonta in the New York Yankees' system in 1985 and 1986. "Wow, that's a pretty impressive place. It's not Oneonta."
Eight named to AFL roster
Eight Orioles farmhands have been named to the Scottsdale Scorpions of the Arizona Fall League, the premier winter-ball league for prospects. They are: Mickolio, a 26-year-old right-hander, and fellow right-handers Wynn Pelzer, 24; Oliver Drake, 23; and Pat Egan, 25; infielders Ryan Adams, 23; Greg Miclat, 23; and Tyler Townsend, 22; and catcher Caleb Joseph, 24.
High-A Frederick pitching coach Blaine Beatty will serve in the same role for Scottsdale. The Orioles likely will add an outfielder to the squad in the near future.
Around the horn
Markakis' first-inning double was his 40th of the year. It's his fourth straight season of 40 doubles or more, setting a franchise record and accomplishing the feat for only the fourth time in modern baseball history. The other three to do it were Hall of Famers Joe "Ducky" Medwick (1933-1939), Harry Heilmann (1923-1927) and Tris Speaker (1920-1923). ÃÂÃÂ When the Orioles allowed just one run in three games in Anaheim, Calif., over the weekend, it marked the second time in team history that they held an opponent to one or no runs in a three-game trip. The only other time it happened was May 30-June 1, 1975, at California. ÃÂÃÂ Ripken will be honored in a pre-game ceremony and throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Orioles face the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday in commemoration of the 15th anniversary of his tying and breaking Lou Gehrig's consecutive-games-played streak. ÃÂÃÂ Former Orioles great and baseball Hall of Famer Frank Robinson turned 75 on Tuesday ÃÂÃÂ Roberts and infielder Jake Fox will be at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport today to participate in a variety of jobs of Southwest Airlines employees as part of their "Trading Places" promotion. ÃÂÃÂ Catcher Craig Tatum will visit patients at the Johns Hopkins Children Center from noon to 1 p.m. today.
Baltimore Sun reporter Jeff Zrebiec contributed to this article.
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