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.
Steve Tolleson was Wednesday's roster casualty, optioned to Triple-A Norfolk before the game to make space for Matt Lindstrom, who was activated form the 15-day disabled list after missing time with a right middle finger injury.
Before Wednesday's game, the Orioles optioned utility man Steve Tolleson to Triple-A Norfolk to make room for right-handed reliever Matt Lindstrom, who was activated from the 15-day disabled list (right middle finger).
Orioles reliever Matt Lindstrom has to wait one more day to come off the disabled list as the club reshuffles its pitching staff. Lindstrom has been on the disabled list since May 11 with a partially torn ligament in his right finger.
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.
Despite last night's 3-1 loss to the Nationals, the Orioles can still clinch their fifth series win in six interleague series with a win in this afternoon's series finale. A win would also give the Orioles their 11th in interleague play, tying a franchise high previously done three times (1999, 2008, 2009). The Orioles will be without left-handed reliever Dana Eveland, who left to California to be with his wife, Ashley, who is delivering the couple's second child. Eveland won't be placed on the paternity leave list until Tuesday
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.
Orioles outfielder Nolan Reimold is seeing a second cervical specialist today in Baltimore for another opinion on his neck problems ¿ a suggestion made by the first specialist, Dr. Lee Riley, whom Reimold saw in the last few days.
Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis, who had surgery June 1 for a broken hamate bone in his right wrist, said he is listening to medical orders and will not swing a bat until he gets back to Baltimore on Friday, which will mark the three-week mark.
Jake Arrieta said he's going into his next start Monday against the New York Mets at CitiField refreshed and with a much better frame of mind than the cluttered one of frustration he experienced before being demoted to the bullpen.
This is probably a good time to point out that a lot of people thought Dan Duquette was crazy when he traded Jeremy Guthrie to the Colorado Rockies for starting pitcher Jason Hammel and reliever Matt Lindstrom. Of course, he was crazy like a fox.
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.
Robert Andino, who has played second base in 56 of the Orioles' first 60 games, was out of the lineup Tuesday, as Brian Roberts returned from the 60-day disabled list. And Andino said he's OK if he's no longer the starter there.
The rain's coming down here at Oriole Park at Camden Yards and the tarp is on the infield. We're not sure we're going to get tonight's series opener against the Pirates in, but there's still plenty of news coming from the Orioles clubhouse.
The news on right-handed reliever Stu Pomeranz isn¿t as optimistic. Pomeranz, who has provided the Orioles with a stabilizing long-relief option in the bullpen, had an MRI taken earlier Monday that Showalter said revealed a tear.
Orioles infielder Mark Reynolds (oblique strain) and outfielder Endy Chavez (intercostal strain) played in an extended spring game today and will report to Double-A Bowie to begin minor league rehab assignments tomorrow.
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.
Just more than two hours from the scheduled game time from tonight's Orioles game against the Yankees, the tarp is on the infield here at Camden Yards and the rain is still coming down, a bad omen for getting tonight's game in.