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Weeks on way to New York as Orioles expected to make DL move

Posted on 09 April 2014 by Luke Jones

The Orioles are expected to make a roster move Wednesday as manager Buck Showalter indicated after Tuesday’s 14-5 win over the New York Yankees that a player will be placed on the 15-day disabled list.

Reports indicate that outfielder David Lough is going to the DL after he didn’t appear in Tuesday’s win. The 28-year-old dealt with a neck injury in mid-March, but it remains unclear whether the same ailment is affecting him again.

Infielder Jemile Weeks is expected to be recalled from Triple-A Norfolk as he traveled to the Bronx ahead of Wednesday’s series finale. Weeks has the ability to play the outfield in a pinch and will provide Showalter an extra infielder as shortstop J.J. Hardy has dealt with lower back spasms, sidelining him for four of the last five games.

Showalter said Tuesday that Hardy was close to returning to the starting lineup, but the Orioles have been forced to use the trio of Ryan Flaherty, Steve Lombardozzi, and rookie Jonathan Schoop in the infield without a bench option in Hardy’s absence.

An official announcement is expected on Wednesday afternoon.

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Hardy moving closer to return to Orioles lineup

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Hardy moving closer to return to Orioles lineup

Posted on 08 April 2014 by Luke Jones

The Orioles lineup finally broke out in a 14-5 win on Tuesday and received good news about the status of shortstop J.J. Hardy.

Though the 31-year-old was sidelined for the fourth time in five games while dealing with lower back spasms, manager Buck Showalter said prior to Tuesday’s game that Hardy would have been available to come off the bench if necessary. Of course, the convincing win over the New York Yankees made Hardy’s use unnecessary as the Orioles provided more than enough offense to support a shaky outing from starter Wei-Yin Chen.

“A lot better, much more available,” Showalter told reporters of Hardy’s status prior to Tuesday’s win. “I’m optimistic he’d be an option [Tuesday]. We’ll see how the rest of the day goes. I wouldn’t have said that [Monday]. He’s improved, very close to being ready to start. … You can tell just by his face. So that’s good.”

With All-Star third baseman Manny Machado still on the 15-day disabled list while recovering from offseason knee surgery, the Orioles have been without a pair of Gold Glove defenders on the left side of the infield.

Left with a short bench, Showalter has been forced to use Ryan Flaherty, Steve Lombardozzi, and Jonathan Schoop at three infield positions, but the trio combined to go 8-for-15 with four runs scored on Tuesday to ease concerns about the bottom of the order.

With the Orioles scheduled to play a night game Thursday to conclude their three-game set with New York before an off-day, Showalter could elect to keep Hardy on the bench for one more game to be on the safe side before the Orioles return to Camden Yards to begin a six-game homestand.

Chen struggles again

Lost in the offensive explosion occurring in Tuesday’s win was another lackluster effort by Chen, who earned the win despite allowing four earned runs and nine hits in five innings of work.

In two starts, Chen has allowed eight earned runs and 21 hits over 10 2/3 innings. The Taiwanese lefty has yet to issue a walk this season, but he’s often been up in the strike zone while catching too much of the plate.

The Yankees and Red Sox did have their share of hits that weren’t exactly clobbered against Chen — suggesting he’s been unlucky on top of his overall ineffectiveness — but his start to the 2014 season continues a disturbing trend from the end of last season. Over his last nine starts dating back to Aug. 27, 2013, Chen has allowed 72 hits over 46 innings of work while posting a 6.65 earned run average and a 1.85 WHIP (walks plus hits per innings pitched).

Of course, Chen’s track record over the first two-plus seasons of his career suggests he’s much better than what he’s shown recently, but his lack of command within the strike zone has been alarming.

Bats finally wake up

After being held to just 22 runs in their first seven contests, the Orioles plated 14 runs and bashed 20 hits to quell premature panic about the offense. The last time the Orioles collected 20 hits was May 10, 2011.

All nine starters collected at least one hit and all but one (Matt Wieters) had multi-hit games. Wieters, Adam Jones, and Delmon Young each hit home runs to match the Orioles’ total of three long balls in the first seven contests of the year.

Wieters and Young each collected three runs batted in against Yankees pitching.

 

 

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Jimenez own worst enemy in struggles against Yankees

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Jimenez own worst enemy in struggles against Yankees

Posted on 07 April 2014 by Luke Jones

The book on Orioles starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez throughout his major league career has been the tendency to be his own worst enemy.

With an array of pitches and ability that suggest he should be a perennial Cy Young Award candidate, Jimenez has instead struggled to find consistency due to command issues that once again plagued him in Monday’s 4-2 loss to the New York Yankees.

The right-hander surrendered eight hits — several of the bloop variety — and four earned runs over 4 2/3 innings at Yankee Stadium, but the five walks issued transformed a potentially-respectable outing into one in which he failed to make it out of the fifth inning and suffered his second loss of the season.

In addition to free passes elevating his pitch count, Jimenez began the bottom of the third with a walk to No. 9 hitter Yangervis Solarte, who scored the first run of the game on a double play. The Baltimore pitcher then walked Kelly Johnson with two outs an inning later to put a runner in scoring position before Solarte drove in the second New York run of the game.

Appropriately enough, Jimenez walked former Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts to conclude his rough 109-pitch outing before lefty Zach Britton entered to walk Johnson to force a run home in the fifth inning.

Jimenez entered Monday’s game averaging 4.0 walks per nine innings in his career — which equals former Baltimore pitcher Jake Arrieta’s frustrating career mark — and has never been able to work deep into games consistently because of high pitch counts and free passes. His 3.30 earned run average a year ago was his best since his 2010 All-Star season with Colorado, but Jimenez only managed to complete 182 2/3 innings in his 32 starts and hasn’t reached the 200-inning plateau since 2010 despite having made at least 31 starts in each of the last three seasons.

No one doubts Jimenez’s upside — it’s why the Orioles gave him a four-year, $50 million contract in February — but his propensity for issuing walks and throwing too many pitches won’t bode well competing against the American League East and its patient lineups if pitching coach Dave Wallace can’t help the 30-year-old keep his unorthodox mechanics in check.

Over the course of the season, you’re going to get the good Jimenez and the bad Jimenez, but the Orioles have seen too much of the latter through his two starts of the 2014 season.

Hardy still on mend

Shortstop J.J. Hardy missed his third game in four days on Monday as he continues to nurse lower back spasms that started on Friday in Detroit.

He told reporters prior to the series opener against the Yankees that his back was improving, but it remains unclear whether he will be available to play on Tuesday afternoon. It’s understandable that the Orioles wouldn’t want to be hasty in placing the veteran on the 15-day disabled list, but his back spams have left manager Buck Showalter shorthanded on the bench.

With two runners on and one out in the seventh, New York manager Joe Girardi summoned lefty Matt Thornton to face the left-handed Ryan Flaherty, a situation that typically calls for a pinch hitter. The problem was that Showalter was without another infielder as Delmon Young, Steve Pearce, and Steve Clevenger were his only available bench options.

Young and Pearce provide viable options against left-handed pitching, but their lack of versatility and speed isn’t ideal off the bench. Should Hardy be sidelined any longer, the Orioles may need to take a long look at adding another infielder to the 25-man roster as they’ve already leaned heavily on Flaherty, Steve Lombardozzi, and rookie Jonathan Schoop in the infield.

And it’s part of the reason why the Baltimore lineup has managed just 22 runs in its first seven games of the season.

Reimold shifted to 60-day DL

With the acquisition of right-handed pitcher Preston Guilmet from the Cleveland Indians on Monday, the Orioles transferred outfielder Nolan Reimold to the 60-day disabled list, which is just the latest disappointment in the 30-year-old’s career.

At this point, any health-related setback isn’t surprising for the right-handed hitter as he wasn’t progressing enough with his surgically-repaired neck to warrant a roster spot to begin the season. Monday’s development makes him ineligible to return until late May, and Showalter said Reimold continues to receive treatment on his neck in Sarasota.

There’s no question that Reimold has been through hell physically with two spinal fusion surgeries over the last two years, which is what made the Orioles’ decision to sign him to a one-year, $1.025 million deal over the winter so surprising. Inking him to a minor-league deal with an invitation to spring training would have been reasonable, but guaranteeing his contract seemed excessive at the time and certainly does now as he still isn’t 100 percent.

The good news for the Orioles is that they weren’t depending on Reimold to be a real contributor in the lineup as they were in each of he last two years as they acquired left fielder David Lough from Kansas City and signed designated hitter Nelson Cruz over the winter. Anything they get from Reimold is icing on the cake, but his shift to the 60-day DL certainly won’t create any optimism of him being able to contribute.

 

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Orioles announce 2014 extended Spring Training schedule

Posted on 07 April 2014 by WNST Staff

ORIOLES INVITE PUBLIC TO EXTENDED SPRING TRAINING GAMES IN SARASOTA

The public is invited to watch Orioles minor league players in action in Sarasota during Extended Spring Training during the months of April, May and June. There is no charge to attend the games, which will be held on Field 4 at the Ed Smith Stadium complex beginning today. Gates open 30 minutes before game time. Free parking is available in the East Lot. Please note that game times and locations are subject to change without notice due to weather and field conditions.

 

ORIOLES 2014 EXTENDED SPRING TRAINING HOME GAMES

 

Day                  Date                Time                Opponent

Monday                 April 7                    1:00 p.m.              Twins

Wednesday          April 9                    1:00 p.m.              Red Sox

Friday                     April 11                 1:00 p.m.              Rays

Monday                 April 14                 1:00 p.m.              Red Sox

Thursday               April 17                 1:00 p.m.              Twins

Saturday                April 19                 10:00 a.m.           Rays

Tuesday                 April 22                 1:00 p.m.              Twins

Thursday               April 24                 1:00 p.m.              Red Sox

Friday                     April 25                 1:00 p.m.              Rays

Tuesday                 April 29                 1:00 p.m.              Red Sox

Wednesday          April 30                 1:00 p.m.              Twins

Saturday                May 3                     10:00 a.m.           Rays

Monday                 May 6                     1:00 p.m.              Twins

Wednesday          May 7                     1:00 p.m.              Red Sox

Friday                     May 9                     1:00 p.m.              Rays

Monday                 May 12                  1:00 p.m.              Red Sox

Thursday               May 15                  1:00 p.m.              Twins

Saturday                May 17                  10:00 a.m.           Rays

Tuesday                 May 20                  1:00 p.m.              Twins

Thursday               May 22                  1:00 p.m.              Red Sox

Friday                     May 23                  1:00 p.m.              Rays

Tuesday                 May 27                  1:00 p.m.              Red Sox

Wednesday          May 28                  1:00 p.m.              Twins

Saturday                May 31                  10:00 a.m.           Rays

Monday                 June 2                    1:00 p.m.              Twins

Wednesday          June 4                    1:00 p.m.              Red Sox

Friday                     June 6                    1:00 p.m.              Rays

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Orioles acquire RHP Guilmet from Cleveland, transfer Reimold to 60-day DL

Posted on 07 April 2014 by WNST Staff

PRESS RELEASE

The Orioles announced Monday that they have acquired right-handed pitcher Preston Guilmet (pronounced GILL-met) from Cleveland in exchange for minor league outfielder Torsten Boss and optioned Guilmet to Triple-A Norfolk.

Guilmet, 26, owns a lifetime 2.57 ERA (297.2IP, 85ER) and 90 saves in 196 games (15 starts) over five minor league seasons in the Cleveland system. He has struck out 9.8 batters per 9.0 innings and walked 1.9 per 9.0. In 2013, Guilmet posted a 1.68 ERA (64.1IP, 12ER), 20 saves and 10.1 strikeouts per 9.0 in 49 games with Triple-A Columbus. He was selected in the ninth round of the 2009 First Year Player Draft out of the University of Arizona.

To make room for Guilmet on the 40-man roster, outfielder Nolan Reimold (cervical spine fusion surgery) has been transferred from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

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Orioles minor league recap – 4/6

Posted on 07 April 2014 by WNST Staff

Here’s what happened down in the Orioles’ farm system on Sunday…

* T.J. McFarland allowed one earned run and struck out five, but Triple-A Norfolk fell 2-1 to Charlotte

* Zach Davies earned the win pitching five strong innings in Double-A Bowie’s 10-5 win over Harrisburg

* Michael Burgess went deep as Single-A Frederick topped Lynchburg in a 6-2 final

* Sebastian Vader gave up one earned run in six innings to earn the win in Single-A Delmarva’s 4-2 victory over Asheville

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Hardy scratched with back spasms for second time in three games

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Hardy scratched with back spasms for second time in three games

Posted on 06 April 2014 by Luke Jones

Already trying to snap a four-game losing streak entering Sunday’s game against the Detroit Tigers, the Orioles were forced to scratch shortstop J.J. Hardy for the second time in three games as he continues to deal with lower back spasms.

Hardy was originally slated to play with Tigers starter Justin Verlander on the hill, but manager Buck Showalter removed him from the lineup less than an hour before first pitch as the 31-year-old experienced spasms in a different spot than he did Friday when he missed the opening game of the Detroit series. He went 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in the Orioles’ 7-6 loss on Saturday.

The All-Star shortstop’s back issues aren’t an encouraging development for Baltimore as third baseman Manny Machado continues to work his way back to full strength from offseason knee surgery and started the season on the 15-day disabled list. Ryan Flaherty was moved from third base to take Hardy’s place at shortstop while rookie Jonathan Schoop was inserted in Sunday’s lineup to play at third.

Hardy is 5-for-15 in four games this season and had three career homers against Verlander, making his absence disappointing as the Orioles were facing the 2011 American League Cy Young Award winner and Most Valuable Player.

 

 

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Ravens re-sign defensive tackle Cody to one-year deal

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Ravens re-sign defensive tackle Cody to one-year deal

Posted on 04 April 2014 by Luke Jones

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — After officially completing one-year deals with tight end Owen Daniels and running back Justin Forsett earlier in the day, the Ravens remained busy on Friday by re-signing defensive tackle Terrence Cody.

The 2010 second-round pick agreed to a one-year contract to remain in Baltimore after it looked unlikely that he would return at the start of the free-agent signing period last month. Cody missed four games last season due to a sprained knee, collecting 15 tackles as a part of the defensive line rotation.

“I can be a lot better now that I’m full-go and actually healthy for the first time in a while,” Cody said. “There are going to be a lot of good things this year.”

Originally drafted to be the heir apparent to former Ravens nose tackle Kelly Gregg, Cody never lived up to expectations as he lost his starting job in 2012 after starting all 16 games during the 2011 campaign. In 56 career games, he’s collected 45 tackles while primarily playing the nose tackle position.

With Arthur Jones signing a five-year, $33 million contract with the Indianapolis Colts last month, Cody should have more of an opportunity to compete for playing time in the rotation, but it’s unlikely that he’ll be guaranteed a roster spot after only signing a one-year contract. Younger options such as Brandon Williams, Kapron-Lewis Moore, and DeAngelo Tyson are expected to compete for Jones’ starting spot as the 3-technique defensive tackle.

“That’s basically what the Ravens do,” said Cody about the organizational philosophy. “They put you in a position to have success, and then after being able to have that success, you either get a big deal here or somewhere else. Arthur is one of those guys that had success, and it got him a big deal down in Indy.”

The University of Alabama product is one of only two players selected by the Ravens in the 2010 draft who still remain with the organization with tight end Dennis Pitta being the other.

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Ravens sign running back Forsett to one-year contract

Posted on 04 April 2014 by Luke Jones

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Ravens signed veteran running back Justin Forsett to a one-year contract on Friday.

The 28-year-old is a six-year NFL veteran who has appeared in 87 career games during his spent time with Seattle, Indianapolis, Houston, and Jacksonville. Forsett has carried 347 times for 1,692 yards and eight touchdowns.

“He’s got great hands. He does a great job in pass protection,” head coach John Harbaugh said. “Obviously, he can run the ball as a running back [and] also contributes on special teams. He’s a very versatile football player and has had a lot of success since he came into the league.”

Originally drafted by the Seahawks in the seventh round of the 2008 draft, the 5-foot-8, 194-pound running back has also proven to be a capable receiver out of the backfield, collecting 115 catches for 850 yards and a touchdown. His best season came with Seattle in 2009 when he carried 114 times for 619 yards and four touchdowns and caught 41 passes for 350 yards and a touchdown reception.

Spending last season with the Jaguars, Forsett was limited to just nine games before being placed on injured reserve with turf toe and a stress fracture in his foot. He was released last month at the start of free agency but deemed himself fully healthy and ready to go.

“I have a chip on my shoulder the size of Texas,” said Forsett, who pointed to his familiarity with new offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak as a major selling point to come to Baltimore. “I had a lot of adversity last year being in Jacksonville. It made me stronger.

“I know this team is a championship team. I’m at a point in my career where I want to win and I want to win now.”

With starting running back Ray Rice dealing with legal issues and coming off the worst season of his career and third-year back Bernard Pierce recovering from offseason shoulder surgery, Forsett figures to compete for more of a complementary role as a third-down back and special-teams contributor.

The Ravens are still expected to look to the draft to add an impact running back with Rice’s status remaining unclear for the start of the 2014 season.

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Ravens set offseason workout, organized team activity dates

Posted on 04 April 2014 by Luke Jones

Trying to bounce back from missing the postseason for the first time in the John Harbaugh era, the Ravens will officially return to work later this month to begin preparations for the 2014 season.

Harbaugh and his staff, which includes new offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak and several other newcomers, will begin the first phase of the workout program on April 21. This portion limited to two weeks of conditioning and strength training as well as physical rehabilitation. Many notable players and young players alike have been present on the first day in past offseasons.

The second phase of the offseason schedule covers the next three weeks of the program. On-field workouts that include individual player instruction and drills as well as a practice conducted on a “separate” basis are permitted, but no live contact or team offense against defense drills are permitted.

The final phase of the offseason program consists of the next four weeks. During this period, teams may conduct a total of 10 days of organized team practice activity, or OTAs. No live contact is permitted, but 7-on-7, 9-on-7, and 11-on-11 drills are allowed.

Nearly all workouts are considered “voluntary” by definition, but it’s privately expected that players attend regularly. In recent years, Harbaugh has praised his players for their attendance for offseason workouts.

The league’s collective bargaining agreement permits one mandatory minicamp for veteran players, which may occur during the third phase of the offseason. New head coaches are allowed to hold an additional voluntary minicamp for veterans.

Each club may also conduct a rookie football development program for a period of seven weeks, which may begin on May 12. During this period, no activities may be held on weekends except one post-draft rookie minicamp, which may be conducted on either the first or second weekend following the draft.

The date of the post-draft rookie minicamp will be released at a later date.

Here is the Ravens’ 2013 offseason training program schedule that was released earlier this month by the NFL:

First Day: April 21
OTA Offseason Workouts: May 28-30, June 3-5, June 9-10, June 12-13
Mandatory Minicamp: June 17-19

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