Buck Showalter sat in the visiting team manager¿s office of Yankee Stadium before Wednesday¿s series finale and waxed about how quickly momentum can change for a team during the haul of a 162-game season.
Endy Chavez, who hit .162 in 105 at bats while missing 47 days during two separate DL stints, said he hasn¿t felt this healthy since spring training and just wants to put a forgettable first half behind him.
The Orioles' first-half statistics aren't pretty, but they hold one statistical trump card. The only one that really, truly matters right now: .529. That's the fifth best winning percentage in the American League.
Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said Wednesday that bolstering the club's starting pitching remains a priority, whether it comes internally or through a trade, but he also is actively searching for a "set-up hitter" with a history of getting on-base.
Chris Tillman made his minor league transitional start Monday at Double-A Bowie in between the two-hit gem against Seattle that he threw Wednesday and his next Orioles outing Sunday against the Detroit Tigers.
While rookie right-hander Miguel Gonzalez stole the spotlight with seven innings of one-run, three-hit ball, outfielder Steve Pearce provided all of the Orioles offense, hitting a three-run homer off left-hander C.J. Wilson.
In Tuesday¿s 5-4 win over the Mariners in Seattle Tuesday, Xavier Avery began his third stint with the Orioles this season ¿ he was recalled when the club placed second baseman Brian Roberts on the DL with a groin strain -- and like the previous two, he was an immediate contributor.
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.
Orioles left fielder Nolan Reimold will have surgery to remove a bulging disk in his neck and have his spine fused Monday morning. And although he holds out hope he could return by the end of the season, Reimold likely will be gone for the rest of the year.
In today's pregame, Orioles manager Buck Showalter a decision has been made on the next step with outfielder Nolan Reimold, who hasn't played since April 30. Showalter wouldn't say what that decision is, but it appears from the way Showalter was talking that Reimold will have surgery.
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.
With interleague play looming and a need for a flexible bench paramount, the Orioles decided to place outfielder Endy Chavez on the disabled list and call back infielder/outfielder Steve Tolleson, who was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk on Tuesday.
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-hander Brian Matusz said he is preparing himself mentally to start Wednesday¿s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, but he won¿t know for sure until he gets through the night with a swollen and bruised nose.
In a span of nine wild weeks, Jake Arrieta has gone from newly anointed anchor of the Orioles¿ young starting rotation to a pitcher so saddled with frustration that the called himself ¿lost¿ after his last outing.
When Jake Arrieta was named the Orioles' Opening Day starter this season, he talked about the magnitude of the honor and the leadership responsibility it carried. But the 26-year-old right-hander has looked lost for much of the season.
The Orioles (31-24) extended their Fenway Park mark to 4-0 this season ¿ three of those wins coming in extra innings. The teams have now played 49 innings at Fenway this year ¿ the equivalent of roughly 5 ½ games.
Brian Matusz provided his finest performance of the season, giving the Orioles his fourth consecutive quality start and more importantly, creating a two-way tie between the teams atop the American League East standings heading into Sunday¿s afternoon series finale.