Orioles option Valencia to make room for Wednesday starter Feldman

July 03, 2013 | Ryan Chell

The Orioles have cleared the way for newly acquired Scott Feldman to make his first start as an Oriole tonight at US Cellular Field in Chicago.

After their 5-2 loss last night in the series opener, the Orioles will send their newly-acquired starter out tonight at 7:10PM ET in an attempt to even up the series at a game apiece.

To make room for Feldman on the 25-man roster, the team optioned DH Danny Valencia to Triple A-Norfolk.

Valencia, who hit .230 with four home runs and eight RBIs in 21 games for manager Buck Showalter, was made expendable by the return of Nolan Reimold on Wednesday from his hamstring injury.

This was also combined with the fact that 2B Ryan Flaherty, who was relegated to the bench with the healthy return of Brian Roberts, can play 3B and back up Manny Machado at the position should the need arise.

Lefty Hector Santiago ( 3-5, 3.59 ERA) will oppose for Robin Ventura’s White Sox. Here is the lineup Showalter will send out against Santiago-the second southpaw the Orioles have faced in as many days.

Markakis RF

Machado 3B

Jones CF

Davis1B

Wieters C

Hardy SS

McLouth LF

Reimold DH

Roberts 2B.

Feldman RHP

Tides Coming In

On top of Valencia’s option, Catcher Steve Clevenger, the other piece coming over from the Cubs in the Feldman trade, was officially placed on the Norfolk Tides roster Wednesday afternoon, although he is not in the lineup tonight for the Orioles’ Triple-A affiliate as Chris Snyder continues to set up behind the plate.

The Tides also had another move to report, as veteran reliever Jon Rauch opted out of his minor league deal.

Rauch, 34, who signed with the Orioles on June 1st after being designated for assignment by the Miami Marlins, was actually free to be released from his contract a week ago, but let the first date pass before ultimately requesting his departure.

After a horrible showing with Miami earlier in the season, Rauch appeared ready for a major league call up-going 1-0 with a 2.89 ERA in 10 games for the Tides. He had 10 strikeouts in 9 1/3 innings pitched.

Chris Davis Misses Award

Chris Davis is well on his way to becoming an All-Star starter and maybe even a legitimate MVP candidate, but needless to say it looks as if Davis is taking a step back in the awards department for now.

Chris Davis, who hit .290  12 HRs and 30 RBIs, was just barely edged out by Indians 2B Jason Kipnis for AL Player of the Month for June.

Kipnis, whose hit to the tune of .419 with four home runs, 12 doubles, 25 RBIs and scored 17 times, won AL Player of the Week twice in the month of June, and appeared to be the favorite candidate to hand the award to from MLB.

He also walked 30 times (compared to Davis’ 6) and stole nine bases.

Orioles sign Yoon

South Korean LHP Jung-Hyun Yoon has agreed to terms with the Orioles, and it mostly is big news for the organization’s overseas evaluators due to a previous attempt to land a pitcher from the Far East.

The collegiate pitcher will report immediately to the Orioles spring training facility in Sarasota to be evaluated and will be assigned to one of the team’s minor league clubs.

While the Orioles have had success in signing pitchers Wei Yin Chen and Tsuyoshi Wada in the international market, the team sparked a bit of an outrage from their Korean partners in the Korean Baseball Organization/Association after they signed 17-year old pitcher Seong-Min Kim two years prior.

This prompted a quick apology from the Orioles staff, and despite rumors that the Orioles were “banned” from South Korea, the signing of Yoon means that likely that miscommunication is behind both sides.

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