Baltimore Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis, who was hit by a pitch on his left hand in the fifth inning by Sabathia, will miss the rest of the regular season with a broken thumb. Markakis is expected to be out a minimum of six weeks.
Since we're admitting our mistakes, I, for one, thought Dan Duquette needed to lay off the caffeine with his roster moves this year. Poor Ron Johnson, the manager at Triple-A Norfolk, needed a sharp pencil with a huge eraser all year.
Orioles pitcher Randy Wolf said he knew coming in he would be used in relief, and he didn't have a problem with that. His top priority was to pitch for a contender, but the 36-year-old said coming out of the bullpen will be an adjustment.
The Orioles are considering moving left-handed starter Brian Matsuz -- who was sent down to Triple-A Norfolk earlier this month -- to the Tides' bullpen after lefty reliever Troy Patton landed on the disabled list Tuesday with a sprained right ankle.
And when you look at the Orioles¿ 7-1 win over the Royals on Friday night ¿ while Machado played a huge role, hitting his first two major league homers and driving in four ¿ the victory was a testament to the lesser-known moves that Duquette has made.
The Orioles played .500 ball during that span, going 10-10 in that span and actually picked up 1 ½ games on the division leading Yankees. They're now lodged in a three-team tie 1 1/2 games behind the two AL Wild Card spots.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter pressed that there's no timetable for struggling starters Brian Matusz and Jake Arrieta to return from Triple-A, insisting that their route back to Baltimore will hinge on not only performance but need.
The Orioles are trolling for a corner infielder who can get on base, and the Miami Marlins are apparently considering dealing three-time All-Star Hanley Ramirez, who owns a .374 career on-base percentage and switched from shortstop to third base this year.
It wasn't exactly a pre-trade deadline blockbuster, but the Orioles sent cash to the New York Mets on Friday for 30-year-old infielder Omar Quintanilla, who was designated for assignment earlier this week.
With all the talk of the biomechanical magic Orioles pitching development director Rick Peterson is performing throughout the minor leagues, the jury is still out on whether his approach is working with the with the organization¿s young pitchers.
The Orioles have announced that right-hander Jason Hammel, who left Friday¿s game in the fourth inning when he re-injured his balky right knee, will miss his next start, which was scheduled for Wednesday in Minnesota.
The Orioles purchased the contract of reliever Miguel Socolovich and activated catcher Taylor Teagarden from the 60-day DL. To make room, they designated lefty Dana Eveland for assignment and outrighted catcher Ronny Paulino to Triple-A Norfolk.