When Henry Urrutia made his major league debut in 2013, it was almost exclusively as a designated hitter. He played in 24 games for the Orioles, but only three innings in left field. This year, since his recall Saturday from Triple-A Norfolk, Urrutia has started in all five games, including four in left.
The possibility of the Orioles opening spring training with Tommy Hunter as the team's closer is becoming more real by the day. Once the team dealt 50-save closer Jim Johnson to Oakland, the club saw Hunter as a fallback option. But now he's turning into much more of a possibility.
Grant Balfour's two-year, $15 million deal with the Orioles is now in major jeopardy, after team doctors expressed concern with Balfour's right shoulder during his physical, according to industry sources.
A CBSSports.com report surfaced Wednesday evening that the club made offers to closer Grant Balfour and Nelson Cruz. An industry source said while the Orioles' discussions with Balfour were progressing on Wednesday night, their reported pursuit of Cruz was exaggerated.
Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman, making a bid for his 16th win of the season, was chased from the game in the sixth inning and the Orioles offense was held scoreless for eight innings. And then the Jekyll-and-Hyde Orioles offense orchestrated a ninth-inning rally that just fell short in a 4-3 loss to the Indians before an announced 9,962 at Progressive Field.