Former Orioles right-hander Miguel Gonzalez cleared release waivers Friday, officially receiving his unconditional release from the club and becoming a free agent. It seems unlikely, but the Orioles still hope they can re-sign Gonzalez to a minor league deal and have him pitch in the rotation at Triple-A Norfolk. Gonzalez will likely get a major league offer elsewhere.
Orioles catcher Matt Wieters still has his right arm in a metal immobilizer following season-ending Tommy John surgery last month. And while he returned to the team for the first time since the surgery on Thursday, Wieters said he expects to be around the team ¿ and have the immobilizer off ¿ when he rejoins the team for good following the Orioles¿ west-coast trip after the All-Star break.
Back in October, we asked how many of the Orioles' nine free agents were likely to return in 2014. With less than five weeks until spring training, it could end up that none of them return to Baltimore.
Often in the past 15 years, the Orioles have used September as a proving ground for the following season, experimenting with what they had in order to get a better idea of what they needed to fortify in the winter. That won't be the case with the team in the playoff chase in 2013.
After lasting just 2 1/3 innings Wednesday in his first big league start since July, lefty Zach Britton's next appearance seemed tenuous. It's now expected to happen within the next week for the short-season Single-A Aberdeen IronBirds.
The Orioles made major switches at the catcher position on the first day of roster expansion Sunday, designating backup Taylor Teagarden for assignment while purchasing the contracts of veteran Chris Snyder and Baltimore native Steve Clevenger from Triple-A Norfolk.
It's hard to argue with the logic of designating backup catcher Taylor Teagarden for assignment at this point in the season, but that doesn't mean it isn't a tough break for a guy who has been a good soldier playing a very difficult role.
With the announcement he will be on a regional cover of Sports Illustrated this week, Orioles first baseman Chris Davis joined some elite company. Former Orioles including Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson and Cal Ripken Jr. have graced the cover of the magazine since its start in 1954, as have decorated athletes like Muhammad Ali and Michael Jordan.
Before Wednesday night's game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Camden Yards, the Orioles were joined in the clubhouse by kids from the Maryland Table Tennis Center for an exhibition and then some competition.
Orioles rookie Henry Urrutia hasn't started a game since Aug. 3, but he was still an important part of the club's eight-game interleague road trip through National League West parks in San Diego, San Francisco and Arizona, as he pinch hit in all but one game.
After shutting out the San Francisco Giants for five innings Saturday afternoon, Orioles left-hander Wei-Yin Chen appeared well on his way to his fourth win in five decisions since coming off the disabled list.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter is continuing to give some of his key players days off from playing in the field. Tonight, it is Adam Jones, who will be the Orioles' designated hitter against the Astros.
Well, after beating the Orioles 5-4, on a scorching Saturday afternoon before 42,678 in the Bronx, the Yankees have risen like a phoenix and flown a half-game ahead of the Orioles and into second place in the American League East.
Weeks before the trade deadline, the Orioles bolstered their starting pitching on Tuesday, acquiring right-hander Scott Feldman from the Cubs along with catcher Steve Clevenger for right-handed pitchers Jake Arrieta and Pedro Strop.
Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman didn¿t have his best control early Tuesday night. He was erratic, loading the bases in the first inning and walking four Cleveland Indians in the first three innings.
Making just his fourth start this month, Casilla hit his first homer of the season ¿ and his first since last August ¿ a three-run shot off Cleveland right-hander Justin Masterson in the seventh inning to give the Orioles a 6-3 win over the Indians.
When the Orioles travel to Detroit to begin a six-game road trip Monday, second baseman Brian Roberts will be with the team, and the club is optimistic he can start a minor league rehabilitation assignment upon the return from the trip.