Just less than three months shy of his 41st birthday, free-agent pitcher Brett Tomko is hoping for one last chance to get back to the big leagues. Tomko will throw for the Orioles on Friday morning in Orange County, Calif.
The Baltimore sports scene is blessed with a bunch of talented bloggers who bring their unique perspective to the conversation. This week, we exchanged emails with Matt Taylor, who blogs about the Orioles for Roar From 34.
Jair Jurrjens, who was a National League All-Star just two summers ago, is Duquette¿s latest undervalued asset. And now with just more than two weeks before spring training, we take a look at other low-risk, high-reward additions and ask which one could be Duquette¿s ¿Get of the Year.¿
The Orioles acquisition of second baseman Alexi Casilla is his first such move of the offseason. The Orioles claimed Casilla off waivers from the Twins, who paid Casilla $1.38 million last season in his second arbitration-eligibile year.
Buck Showalter just wanted to know one thing from Ron Johnson and Mike Griffin. How did they steer the Triple-A Norfolk Tides to a winning record when Showalter spent the whole season stealing their players?
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.
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.
Finally, the Orioles have another outfielder in the outfield. On Thursday, the club promoted Xavier Avery from Triple-A Norfolk when first baseman Nick Johnson was placed on the disabled list with a strained right wrist.
The monster inning, the one that has haunted Jake Arrieta for much of this season, lurked on Sunday afternoon. But the Orioles pitcher survived the trouble and may have turned a corner mentally three starts after his brief demotion tot he bullpen.
The Orioles have traded minor-league left-hander Cole McCurry to the Braves, reportedly for cash. McCurry was 0-7 with a 6.10 ERA in 51 2/3 innings this season, mostly at Double-A Norfolk, but had joined Triple-A Norfolk to work two outing in relief. Six days ago, when the Orioles added 49-year-old left-hander Jamie Moyer to Norfolk¿s roster, McCurry was assigned to short-season Class-A Aberdeen.
Buck Showalter was non-committal on who will have to sit in the National League games since he can¿t use a DH. Chris Davis has been one of the club¿s hottest hitters but has been playing DH while Mark Reynolds has been at first base and Wilson Betemit primarily at third.
Orioles outfielder Endy Chavez, his strained right hamstring still sore after pulling up lame rounding first base last night, is out of the lineup for tonight's game against the Pirates and is currently day-to-day. Chavez said he didn't believe he would have been able to play tonight but said he didn't think the injury would force him onto the disabled list for the second time this season. He spent 19 days on the disabled last month with an oblique strain.
Orioles left fielder Nolan Reimold, on the disabled list with a neck injury, said Tuesday that he still is experiencing tingling in his thumb and forearm and weakness in his left shoulder several days after undergoing an epidural injection.
The return of former Oriole Miguel Tejada still has several steps to overcome before coming to fruition, according to Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette. Tejada will report to the team¿s spring training facility on Monday to meet with Chris Correnti, who oversees the organization¿s rehab and conditioning. The 37-year-old former AL MVP will have a physical there and if he passes will then be signed to a contract to play in extended spring training, Duquette said.
The agent for Orioles minor-leaguer Dontrelle Willis is in the process of filing a grievance against the club, alleging the Orioles told Willis his was given his release but then placed him on the restricted list, preventing him from pursuing other baseball opportunities.