The Orioles made a pair of significant roster cuts following their 7-4 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday, optioning South Korean right-hander Suk-min Yoon and catcher Johnny Monell to Triple-A Norfolk.
Wilson Betemit has struggled to regain his stroke since returning from a right knee injury that robbed him of most of the season, and as it appears now, his role as the Orioles' designated hitter against right-handed pitching has all but diminished.
When the Orioles left Baltimore for their nine-game road trip to Boston, New York and Cleveland, they knew how important it would be to play well against three teams they are jockeying with for playoff spots.
As expected, the Orioles made an interesting move Wednesday, bringing up last year's No. 1 pick, Kevin Gausman, while sending Tuesday's starter, Wei-Yin Chen, all the way down to the Gulf Coast League.
Orioles left-hander Wei-Yin Chen had never thrown fewer than four innings or given up more than seven runs in any of his starts as a major leaguer. He picked a particularly inopportune time to do both.
Over the past several days, Orioles manager Buck Showalter and executive vice president Dan Duquette have met with the organization's player development and minor league staff to discuss which players to add when rosters expand Sunday.
The impending return of switch-hitter Wilson Betemit from the injury he suffered in spring training does not preclude the Orioles from adding a designated hitter within the next two weeks, according to the club¿s top executive.
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.
While the Orioles bullpen has received its share of work over the course of the club's eight-game road trip to San Diego, San Francisco and Arizona, manager Buck Showalter says he isn't worried about his relievers tiring.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter often shuns the spotlight, so when the Arizona Diamondbacks showed a video tribute to Showalter -- who was their first manager and played a large role in the expansion club¿s growth -- he hesitated before tipping his cap as fans applauded.
Executive vice president Dan Duquette wouldn't comment on the Orioles' interest in bringing back former first baseman Mark Reynolds, who was designated for assignment by the Cleveland Indians on Thursday, noting that Reynolds is still under contract.
The Orioles recalled infielder Danny Valencia from Norfolk and immediately inserted him into Sunday's lineup as the designated hitter. Valencia responded with a homer and a double against the Seattle Mariners.
With the Orioles pitching rotation in flux with the addition of right-hander Bud Norris, the subtraction of right-hander Jason Hammel to the disabled list and the opportunity to shift around pitchers with the number of off days in August, manager Buck Showalter added some clarity to the situation.
At 3 p.m. Wednesday, Steve Pearce was in Frederick preparing to take batting practice for his third rehabilitation game with the High-A Keys. By 7 p.m., Pearce was at Camden Yards, batting ninth as the Orioles' designated hitter in an 11-0 loss to the Houston Astros.
Infielder Wilson Betemit (knee) will begin a rehab assignment in the Gulf Coast League on Tuesday, manager Buck Showalter said before Thursday¿s game between the Orioles and Astros. He hasn¿t played since suffering a Grade 2/3 tear of his PCL in spring training.
The Orioles officially purchased the contract of Cuban outfielder Henry Urrutia before Friday¿s game against the Texas Rangers. The club designated outfielder Chris Dickerson for assignment to clear a roster spot.