Wednesday afternoon brought on the first round of the Orioles call-ups for the last month of the season, when the rosters expand to 40.
The Orioles recalled first baseman Brandon Snyder, SS Robert Andino, and RF Nolan Reimold to the big league club, as Reimold will be making a return to the parent club after being the Orioles left fielder at the beginning of the year.
In order to make Andino on the 40-man roster, Orioles outfielder Lou Montanez was designated for assignment. MLB rules regulate that teams can make any player on the 40-man roster active, so in order to make room for Andino, they had to take Montanez off the roster.
Montanez had not seen action since the end of June, and with some injury concerns mounting, the Orioles felt like they could use Andino services a bit more.
In 132 games with Norfolk, Andino hit.264 with 13 HRs and 76 RBIs. The Orioles were lucky to keep Andino as he was on the big league club in 2009, and in order to send him down to Norfolk, they had to expose him to waivers.
Andino came to the Orioles in a trade in 2009 for Hayden Penn.
Brandon Snyder was the top selection by the Orioles in the 2005 amateur draft, and this year hit 10 HRs and 47 RBIs between Single A Aberdeen and Triple A Norfolk.
And Nolan Reimold, who spent games at the big league club before being sent down to the Tides, hit .249 10 HR, 37 RBIs in 94 games at Norfolk. One of the reasons for his demotion was his struggles coming back from surgery to repair his Achilles tendon, and he found little success at the big league level this year, as he only hit .205 with 2 HRs and 10 RBIs.
Tune into WNST and WNST.net as we continue to track the Orioles as we close out the year!