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Orioles option Arrieta to Triple-A Norfolk to make room for Gausman

Posted on 23 May 2013 by WNST Staff

PRESS RELEASE

The Orioles today announced that they have selected the contract of right-handed pitcher Kevin Gasuman from Double-A Bowie and optioned right-handed pitcher Jake Arrieta to Triple-A Norfolk. To make room for Gausman on the 40-man roster, right-handed pitcher Alex Burnett has been designated for assignment.

Gausman, 22, was the Orioles’ 1st round selection (#4 overall) in the 2012 First Year Player Draft out of Louisiana State University. He is scheduled to make tonight’s start in Toronto and will become the third member of his draft class to play in the majors, joining left-handed pitcher Paco Rodriguez (No. 82 overall, LAD) and left-handed pitcher Michael Roth (No. 297 overall, LAA). Gausman made eight starts for Double-A Bowie this season, going 2-4 with a 3.11 ERA (46.1IP, 16ER), posting four Quality Starts. He entered the 2013 season as the Orioles’ No. 2 prospect according to both Baseball America (also the #26 overall prospect in baseball) and MLB.com (No. 36). He will wear No. 37.

Arrieta, 27, did not pitch after being recalled on May 18. He went 2-1 with a 2.75 ERA (19.2IP, 6ER), 17 strikeouts and three walks in three starts for the Tides after being optioned on April 22. He was 1-1 in four starts with the Orioles earlier this season.

Burnett, 25, has made two appearances for the Orioles, allowing three earned runs in 1.1 innings.

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Reimold placed on 15-day DL with hamstring strain; Arrieta recalled

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Reimold placed on 15-day DL with hamstring strain; Arrieta recalled

Posted on 18 May 2013 by Luke Jones

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BALTIMORE — Needing an extra arm in the bullpen and realizing a nagging hamstring injury wasn’t improving, the Orioles have recalled right-handed pitcher Jake Arrieta and placed designated hitter Nolan Reimold on the 15-day disabled list prior to Saturday’s game with the Tampa Bay Rays.

As expected, starting pitcher Jair Jurrjens had his contract selected by the club in order for the right-hander to make his Orioles debut. To make room for Jurrjens, the Orioles optioned right-handed reliever Alex Burnett to Triple-A Norfolk and placed injured second baseman Brian Roberts on the 60-day DL to clear room on the 40-man roster.

Reimold’s hamstring has been bothering him since spring training and struggled to play through the cold weather of the early season with the back of the leg tightening up at various times, according to Showalter. The 29-year-old hasn’t played since last Saturday in Minnesota, meaning his DL stint is retroactive to May 12. Showalter is hopeful that the time off will remedy the hamstring strain but acknowledged it could take longer than the 15-day period since Reimold has dealt with the ailment for quite a while.

“I think he understands where we are and what we want to do,” Showalter said. “He’s not — I wouldn’t say — down. Obviously, no one wants to go on the DL. I can’t tell you whether this period will clean it up completely. I’m frustrated for him. I want to get as close to a perfect world for him [physically] as I can get. He’s a very capable contributor if we can just get him right.”

The expectation is that Reimold would get at-bats in a rehab assignment before making any return to the 25-man roster. Serving as the Orioles’ primary designated hitter this season, Reimold was hitting just .188 with four home runs and nine RBIs in 101 at-bats.

Steve Pearce, Nate McLouth, and Chris Dickerson have all seen time at the DH spot since last Saturday.

The need for an additional releiver was the result of a 12-run, 17-hit attack by the Rays against Friday starter Jason Hammel and four other relievers. Burnett allowed three earned runs in just 1/3 inning of work in the 12-10 loss.

Arrieta was scheduled to start for Norfolk on Saturday night and had dealt with shoulder tightness recently, but the 27-year-old completed successful bullpen sessions on Wednesday and Thursday to quell any significant concerns.

“I developed a little stiffness a few starts ago,” Arrieta said. “It’s something that has been manageable. They wanted to give me a few days — kind of push me back a little bit. I’ve stayed on top of it as much as I can.”

Manager Buck Showalter confirmed prior to Saturday’s game that Arrieta will pitch out of the bullpen for the time being. Of course, the enigmatic pitcher began the year in the starting rotation but was sent to the minors after going 1-1 with a 6.63 ERA in four starts for Baltimore.

As of now, veteran Freddy Garcia is scheduled to pitch against the New York Yankees on Monday, but Arrieta could conceivably become an option to take his place should he not be used in the bullpen over the next couple games.

In three starts for the Tides, Arrieta went 2-1 with a 2.75 ERA while striking out 17 and walking three in 19 2/3 innings.

 

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Burnett, Navarro summoned to take Orioles’ roster spots

Posted on 14 May 2013 by WNST Staff

The Orioles announced Tuesday that they have placed left-handed Wei-Yin Chen on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 13, with a right oblique strain. The club has also recalled right-handed pitcher Alex Burnett and infielder Yamaico Navarro from Triple-A Norfolk.

Chen was injured during his Sunday start at Minnesota in which he picked up his third win of the year with five scoreless innings. Chen is 3-3 with a 3.04 ERA (47.1IP,16ER) in eight starts for the Orioles. Chen led the Orioles with 32 starts in 2012.

Burnett, 25, joins the Orioles for the third time this year (also April 22-24 and May 9-10). He appeared in one game, allowing one hit and striking out one in a scoreless inning May 9 against Kansas City. In seven games with Triple-A Norfolk, Burnett was 1-0 with a 1.86 ERA (9.2IP, 2ER) and eight strikeouts.

Navarro, 25, returns for a second stint with the Orioles as he was with the club April 5-6 but did not see game action. In 34 games with Norfolk, Navarro was batting .303 (37-122) with two homers and 13 RBI. He scored 28 runs in those 34 games and posted a .395 on-base percentage for the Tides.

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Orioles option Burnett to Norfolk to make room for Satuday’s starter Johnson

Posted on 11 May 2013 by WNST Staff

The Orioles today announced that they have recalled right-handed pitcher Steve Johnson from Triple-A Norfolk and optioned right-handed pitcher Alex Burnett to Norfolk. Johnson is scheduled to start tonight’s game at Minnesota.

Johnson, 25, began the season on the disabled list with a strained right lat. He made three starts for Norfolk and was 1-1 with a 4.41 ERA (16.1IP, 8ER). In four starts for Baltimore in 2012, Johnson was 3-0 with a 2.86 ERA (22.0IP, 7ER) and the Orioles won all four games he started.

Burnett appeared in one game for the Orioles, striking out one in a scoreless inning. Burnett was claimed by the Orioles off waivers from Toronto on April 12.

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Gonzalez’s DL stint may not be that painful for Orioles

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Gonzalez’s DL stint may not be that painful for Orioles

Posted on 09 May 2013 by Luke Jones

(Updated: 12:00 a.m.)

BALTIMORE — Wanting to play it safe with the nasty blister that’s developed on starter Miguel Gonzalez’s right thumb, the Orioles have elected to place the right-handed pitcher on the 15-day disabled list.

The club has recalled right-handed reliever Alex Burnett from Triple-A Norfolk to take his place on the 25-man roster as well as provide an extra arm in the bullpen for the next couple nights. Gonzalez’s DL stint is retroactive to May 4, meaning the 28-year-old could return to the starting rotation as early as May 19 in a series finale against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Gonzalez completed a bullpen session on Thursday with a bandage covering the thumb, but he only threw fastballs as the blister that developed under a broken callous hindered his ability to throw his two-seam fastball and off-speed pitches. According to manager Buck Showalter, the plan is for Gonzalez to complete another bullpen session this weekend in Minnesota and then throw a rehab start at either Bowie or Norfolk next week.

Of course, a blister is a very tricky ailment for a pitcher that you can’t rush in fear of re-aggravating the skin and putting yourself right back in the same predicament. The Orioles remain confident that the decision to place Gonzalez on the DL is the proactive choice that will eliminate the problem for the remainder of the season.

“I just think this is the most prudent thing to do,” Showalter said. “I don’t care what happened today; he’s still going to be tentative throwing his breaking ball and his split. If it forms again, you’re going to have a season-long problem, so we just decided to get that done before he had the work day and get that out of his mind.

On the surface, the short-term loss of Gonzalez would create a problem after the Orioles finally appeared to ease their fifth-starter dilemma — at least for the time being — with veteran Freddy Garcia. The good news is the Orioles will only be faced with the problem of replacing Gonzalez in the rotation for Saturday’s start since they benefit from days off next week on Monday and Thursday.

Showalter was initially tight-lipped regarding his thoughts for Saturday’s starter, but announced that right-hander Steve Johnson would be recalled to take the ball in Minnesota. The 25-year-old Johnson pitched for Triple-A Norfolk on Monday, throwing 94 pitches, allowing two earned runs, and striking out eight in 5 2/3 innings against Buffalo.

Once they’ve completed Saturday’s game, the Orioles could get away with using only Wei-Yin Chen, Jason Hammel, and Chris Tillman as starters all the way through Sunday, May 19 when Gonzalez would hypothetically be ready. Of course, that means Garcia would be available to pitch in relief or make a start should they want to give any of the aforementioned pitchers such as Chen an extra day of rest as Showalter often likes to do when able.

As Showalter likes to say, there are plenty of moving parts and a lot could change quickly, but the Orioles appear to be in good shape to endure Gonzalez’s absence thanks to a couple well-placed days off after recently completing a 20-day stretch void of any scheduled days of rest.

Roberts surgery successful

Second baseman Brian Roberts underwent right hamstring surgery on Thursday morning in Dallas in what was deemed a successful procedure.

The 35-year-old exchanged some text messages with Showalter and is expected to return to Sarasota this weekend where he’ll begin a six-week recovery period. The hope is that the procedure will eliminate any tangible risk of re-injuring the hamstring once Roberts is able to resume baseball activity.

“Everything went well today,” Showalter said. “Very positive. The doctors felt good about getting it done after getting in there. It will speed up the process. I’ve got marked off what [six] weeks is from today, so we’ll see what happens.”

Showalter expressed empathy for Roberts’ latest setback while acknowledging some of the frustration and emotional responses expressed by critics and fans regarding the $10 million the second baseman is making this season in the final year of a four-year, $40 million contract.

Various injuries have limited Roberts to just 118 games over the last four seasons.

“He’s not going to give in,” Showalter said. “That’s why it makes me confident that he’ll come back and be a contributor. We think he’s worth waiting on. It’s been tough on him. It would be kind of selfish to say it’s tough on us. It’s tougher on him if you put yourself in the position he’s been in the last two or three years and ask yourself sincerely what you would do.”

Orioles add minor-league third baseman Wood

Executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette sent cash considerations to the Kansas City Royals in exchange for infielder Brandon Wood on Thursday.

The 28-year-old will report to Triple-A Norfolk as he continues to plug away in a disappointing career that once held a tremendous amount of promise. Wood was Baseball America’s No. 3 prospect in all of baseball prior to the 2006 season but has never been able to put it together at the big-league level.

In 700 career at-bats in the major leagues, Wood has a career .186 average with 18 home runs, 64 RBIs, and 218 strikeouts.

Back in 2006 and 2007 when the Orioles were exploring trades for shortstop Miguel Tejada, the Angels were often linked in discussions with Wood’s name mentioned as a player the club might covet in return. He became somewhat of a folk hero in the minor leagues by hitting 43 home runs and 53 doubles in his 2005 season split between high Single A and Triple A.

However, the talent that once made scouts salivate never came to fruition at the big-league level as the Orioles will now be Wood’s fifth different organization.

Odds & ends

Closer Jim Johnson picked up his 85th career save on Wednesday night. If he collects 21 more this season, he will move into second place on the club’s all-time list ahead of Tippy Martinez (105) and Stu Miller (100). Gregg Olson remains the Orioles’ all-time saves leader with 160. … Left fielder Nate McLouth has stolen 11 bases (second in the American League) and is on pace to steal 52 this season. That would be the third-best mark in Orioles history behind Luis Aparicio (57 in 1964) and Brady Anderson (53 in 1992). … The Orioles have the highest team fielding percentage (.991) in baseball in the 85 games since third baseman Manny Machado arrived in Baltimore on Aug. 9, 2012. … Since July 29, 2012, the Orioles have the best record in baseball at 62-33 (.652 winning percentage) as well as the best home record at 32-13 (.711 winning percentage).

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Orioles option Burnett back to Norfolk before reliever appears in game

Posted on 24 April 2013 by WNST Staff

Prior to Wednesday’s series finale against the Toronto Blue Jays, the Orioles optioned relief pitcher Alex Burnett back to Triple-A Norfolk to make room for starting pitcher Josh Stinson.

Stinson, 25, was claimed off of waivers from Oakland on April 4. He went 1-0 with a 0.77 ERA (11.2IP, ER) in two starts with the Tides. He also made one appearance with Single-A Frederick. Stinson will wear No. 60.

In seven minor league seasons in the Mets and Brewers organizations, Stinson was 41-49 with a 3.98 ERA (707.1IP, 313ER). He was originally selected by the Mets in the 37th round of the 2006 First Year Player Draft out of Northwood High School in Shreveport, LA. Stinson is 0-2 with a 4.43 ERA (22.1IP, 11ER) in 20 major league games with the New York Mets (2011) and Milwaukee Brewers (2012).

Burnett was recalled on Monday to take the place of struggling starting pitcher Jake Arrieta, who was demoted to Triple A after his early-season struggles. However, the right-hander Burnett didn’t appear in a game in his brief time in Baltimore

The 25-year-old was claimed off waivers from Toronto on April 12. He went 4-4 with a 3.52 ERA (71.2IP, 28ER) in 67 appearances for Minnesota in 2012.

Burnett is 1-0 in three scoreless appearances for the Tides this season.

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Orioles recall Burnett, option struggling Arrieta to Triple-A Norfolk

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Orioles recall Burnett, option struggling Arrieta to Triple-A Norfolk

Posted on 22 April 2013 by Luke Jones

BALTIMORE — What appeared inevitable became official Monday afternoon as the Orioles optioned struggling starter Jake Arrieta to Triple-A Norfolk prior to the beginning of a three-game set against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Needing an extra arm in the bullpen after playing three games in two days over the weekend, the club recalled right-handed pitcher Alex Burnett from Norfolk. He is expected to pitch out of the bullpen until manager Buck Showalter needs a starting pitcher for Wednesday’s series finale against the Blue Jays. The Baltimore skipper prefers not to go to a three-man bench with the upcoming 11-game trip to the West Coast.

The 27-year-old Arrieta was 1-1 with a 6.63 earned run average and had walked 16 batters in 19 innings of work spanning four starts after winning the final spot in the Orioles’ starting rotation this spring. Spotted an early 3-0 lead, Arrieta only completed four innings in Sunday’s 7-4 loss to Los Angeles after walking five batters and suffering his first loss of the season.

“I wasn’t doing my job well enough. That’s the bottom line,” he said. “The team needs me. They need me to be better. That’s the bottom line, really.”

Both Arrieta and Showalter have talked about the pitcher’s inability to handle his emotions and anxiety when he runs into trouble on the hill. The problem is whether that can easily be remedied against inferior competition and lesser stakes.

Showalter stressed several times that Arrieta’s demotion was a product of the club needing relief help, but the manager also acknowledged the struggling pitcher’s part in creating such a scenario. For now, the Orioles will continue to have Arrieta work as a starter and will not consider a move to the bullpen in the same way that they did with Brian Matusz last season.

“With a guy with Jake, stuff-wise, there isn’t a wrong pitch,” Showalter said. “You put a finger down, there’s not one that’s a whole lot better than the other. A lot of times I wish I could let Jake hit off of Jake and have a little different look at it.”

Claimed off waivers from Toronto on April 12, Burnett was 4-4 with a 3.52 ERA in 71 2/3 innings covering 67 appearances for Minnesota in 2012. Burnett figures to only be here a short time before the Orioles decide who will make Wednesday’s start.

There are essentially three candidates: left-hander Zach Britton and right-handed starters Josh Stinson and Freddy Garcia. Of the three, Garcia is the only one not currently on the 40-man roster.

Britton (1-0, 1.98 ERA) would be pitching on an extra day of rest after making his last start on Thursday while Garcia (2-0, 3.57 ERA) is scheduled to pitch for the Tides on Tuesday night. Meanwhile, Stinson (1-0, 1.32 ERA) was recently sent to Single-A Frederick to pitch out of the bullpen on Saturday, but that was done to keep him nearby in case the Orioles needed an extra arm for Saturday’s doubleheader against the Dodgers.

Burnett was 1-0 in three scoreless appearances for the Tides this season and will wear No. 68.

Here are Monday night’s lineups…

TORONTO
SS Munenori Kawasaki
LF Melky Cabrera
RF Jose Baustista
1B Edwin Encarnacion
DH Adam Lind
C J.P. Arencibia
CF Colby Rasmus
3B Brett Lawrie
2B Emilio Bonifacio

LHP J.A. Happ (2-1, 5.06 ERA)

BALTIMORE
RF Nick Markakis
3B Manny Machado
CF Adam Jones
C Matt Wieters
1B Chris Davis
SS J.J. Hardy
DH Steve Pearce
LF Nolan Reimold
2B Alexi Casilla

RHP Chris Tillman (0-1, 7.07 ERA)

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