Catcher Matt Wieters is a proud dad today. Wieters and his wife Maria had their first child early this morning, a baby boy named Maverick Luther Wieters. Wieters was still at the hospital with his wife this afternoon and be away from the team for at least tonight. "He's where he needs to be," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said.
The Orioles have summoned outfielder Bill Hall from instructional league in Sarasota, Fla. The veteran right-handed hitter is insurance for Lew Ford, who is improving but still dealing with a groin issue.
Outfielder L.J. Hoes is expected to be announced Tuesday as this year's winner of the Brooks Robinson Award for the best season by an Orioles minor league hitter. He won't be winning it alone, though, not in his mind anyway.
Orioles designated hitter Jim Thome, who has been on the disabled list since July 31 with a herniated disk in his neck, took five to six at-bats in a simulated game in Sarasota, Fla., on Monday and experienced no pain, setting the stage for him to possibly come back within a week, according to manager Buck Showalter.
When the injury to switch-hitter Wilson Betemit left the Orioles lighter from the left side of the plate, manager Buck Showalter told reporters at one of his pre-game news conferences last week not to discount the possibility that Endy Chavez might fill that void.
Left-hander Wei-Yin Chen will start for the Orioles tonight. Chen (12-7), who has won four of his last five starts, won his first major league game against the White Sox on April 17, allowing two runs on six hits over 5 1/3 innings in a 3-2 win at U.S. Cellular Field.
The big news coming out of Buck Showalter¿s press briefing today in Arlington is that designated hitter Jim Thome is ahead of schedule and will head down to Sarasota, Fla., on Wednesday to begin rehab.
Considering the caliber of lineups the Orioles were going to face on their six-game road trip to Detroit and Texas, manager Buck Showalter wanted to make sure his bullpen — the lifeblood of the team's success this season — was protected.
The Orioles have placed infielder Wilson Betemit on the 15-day disabled list after an MRI taken before Thursday's game showed a small cartilage tear in his right wrist and a deep bone bruise. First baseman Joe Mahoney was called up from Triple-A Norfolk to replace Betemit on the roster.
And the Orioles brass believe Machado can withstand all the physical and mental hurdles of the majors, especially that time after all the firsts are over and Machado hits the grind of being an every-day player
Orioles first baseman Mark Reynolds, who sat out the past two games, came through with the game-winning single, taking a slider from Royals reliever Louis Coleman to left field and allowing Adam Jones to score from second to give the Orioles a 5-3 win over the Royals.
The Orioles have attempted to address their corner infield hole by calling up uber-prospect Manny Machado to play third base. But that doesn't mean Dan Duquette is closing the door on adding help from outside the organization.