Twice this month, the Orioles have demoted a starting pitcher from the rotation, only to have him rejoin it shortly thereafter out of circumstance and necessity. There are only so many alternatives inside the organization, and when the Orioles begin to assess the market to add starters through trades over the next few weeks, they might be left wanting as well.
After an unsightly April in which he was winless and struggled with control while pitching to a 6.59 ERA, Jimenez turned the calendar to a new month Friday night and dominated a Twins team he¿s had much success against in his career.
SARASOTA, Fla. ¿ Even though the Orioles handed out a historic four-year, $48-million deal to right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez, the club believes it has gotten a deal given the money being handed out on the free-agent market.
The Orioles main priority heading into July 31¿s non-waiver trade deadline is adding a starting pitcher, and the club has been actively scouting potentially available arms, according to several sources.