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Roberts returns to Baltimore for “homestretch” of recovery process

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Roberts returns to Baltimore for “homestretch” of recovery process

Posted on 10 June 2013 by Luke Jones

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BALTIMORE — Injured second baseman Brian Roberts hadn’t been spotted in the Orioles clubhouse since early April when he was placed on the disabled list with a right hamstring injury, but the 35-year-old is glad to be home.

Even if he’s still a few weeks away from a potential return to major league action.

After rejoining the club during its three-game series against Tampa Bay over the weekend, Roberts has elected to continue his rehabilitation efforts in Baltimore after spending most of the last two months in Sarasota. The 35-year-old underwent surgery less than five weeks ago and described himself as being in the “home stretch” of the recovery process before going on a minor-league rehab assignment.

“It’s great to be back,” Roberts said. “You feel kind of isolated on an island down there. It is already good to be around the guys and feel like you are part of the team.”

Roberts has increased his activity level over the last couple weeks as he is taking batting practice, playing catch, and continuing to test his surgically-repaired hamstring as he works his way back to running at full speed. Roberts reiterated Monday what he said over the weekend about not anticipating a lengthy rehab assignment like the one he completed last year while returning from concussion-like symptoms.

Manager Buck Showalter seemed to agree with that assessment as long as Roberts felt he was ready, mentioning three to seven games as possible estimate. Meanwhile, Roberts is focused on testing the hamstring to make sure it’s 100 percent before he takes the next step of playing in minor-league games.

“Mainly the running progression,” Roberts said. “Just continuing to build up to where you can be explosive again [and] where you can cut, you can stop, you can backpedal. The running has really taken some good steps forward in the last couple of days and I’m hoping that is a sign we have reached the point where things can started moving a little quicker.”

Roberts hasn’t played since injuring his hamstring in St. Petersburg on April 4 and is fully aware of the doubts expressed over his ability to remain healthy as the Orioles have struggled to find production at second base with the combination of Ryan Flaherty and Alexi Casilla. The veteran infielder has played in just 118 games over the last four seasons combined.

For now, he’s happy to be back in a big-league environment while in the midst of the final year of a four-year, $40 million that obviously hasn’t worked out how either side had hoped.

“Nothing compares to being in this atmosphere,” Roberts said. “I don’t know how much longer I have left to be in it, and I want to be around it as much as possible.”

NOTES: Right-handed pitcher Dylan Bundy began a throwing progression in Sarasota on Monday, completing 25 throws from 60 feet without experiencing any discomfort, according to Showalter. … Outfielder Nolan Reimold (hamstring) could be ready to go on a minor-league rehab assignment by the end of the current homestand. Showalter offered a similar range of games for Reimold as he spelled out for Roberts. … Left-handed pitcher Wei-Yin Chen will be summoned to Baltimore as soon as he’s ready to begin throwing off a mound, according to Showalter, which should be in the not-too-distant future barring any setbacks. …Casilla was not in the starting lineup after jamming his right index finger sliding into second base on Sunday. Showalter revealed that he likely would have started Casilla against the Angels after the utility infielder went 2-for-3 with two RBIs in the series finale against the Rays.

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Chen, Bundy each taking big steps in potential returns; All-Star voting update

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Chen, Bundy each taking big steps in potential returns; All-Star voting update

Posted on 03 June 2013 by Luke Jones

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As the Orioles enjoyed some much-needed rest and a travel day on Monday, they also received good news for two important pieces of their pitching puzzle who have been sidelined recently.

According to interpreter Tim Lin through his Twitter account, left-handed pitcher Wei-Yin Chen will take part in his first light-toss session in Sarasota on Tuesday to test the progress made from a strained right oblique that’s kept him sidelined for just over three weeks. Manager Buck Showalter revealed late last week that Chen reported no discomfort whatsoever for the first time last week and the pitcher had begun jogging work in a pool.

Chen hasn’t picked up a ball since leaving his start against the Minnesota Twins as strained obliques are often a difficult injury to rehab due to a bigger fear of setbacks. Showalter said Sunday that a mid-June return would be the best-case scenario for the Taiwanese southpaw, but the Orioles are expected to remain cautious to avoid the possibility of re-injury.

The Orioles will have a chance to reunite with Chen this weekend as they travel to St. Petersburg for a three-game set with the Tampa Bay Rays.

Meanwhile, top pitching prospect Dylan Bundy will also begin a throwing progression on June 10 after a followup exam with the renowned Dr. James Andrews on Monday, the club announced.

The fourth overall pick of the 2011 draft hasn’t pitched since spring training due to discomfort in his right forearm and received a platelet-rich plasma injection on April 29 that was followed by six weeks of rest. Should Bundy make it through the throwing program without any signs of pain or discomfort, the 20-year-old would presumably rejoin Double-A Bowie’s starting rotation.

Bundy and the Orioles had reported no discomfort and full range of motion with the elbow prior to Monday’s meeting with Dr. Andrews.

Davis, Jones among leaders in All-Star balloting

Having a career year with a .357 average, 20 home runs, and 52 RBIs, Chris Davis leads all American League first basemen in All-Star voting with a slight edge over Detroit’s Prince Fielder.

With just under 1.2 million votes in the update provided by Major League Baseball on Monday, Davis would become the first Orioles first baseman to start the Midsummer Classic since Eddie Murray in 1985.

Center fielder Adam Jones is second behind the Angels’ Mike Trouth in AL voting for outfielders, which means the 27-year-old would be one of the All-Star starters if voting concluded now. Jones is hitting .313 with 11 home runs and 37 RBIs so far this season and is a two-time All-Star.

Right fielder Nick Markakis is sixth among AL outfielders while left fielder Nate McLouth currently ranks seventh.

Third baseman Manny Machado ranks second in the voting at his position, trailing only 2012 Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera, who leads in the overall AL vote. The 20-year-old is hitting .327 with a major-league-leading 25 doubles in his first full season in the major leagues.

Matt Wieters currently trails only Minnesota’s Joe Mauer among AL catchers and is vying for his third consecutive All-Star appearance.

Shortstop J.J. Hardy is second in voting at his position, narrowly behind Elvis Andrus of the Texas Rangers.

Despite playing in just three games this season before suffering a right hamstring injury, Brian Roberts ranks fifth among AL second basemen.

Sunday home game against Yankees moved to Sunday Night Baseball

The Orioles’ June 30 home game against the New York Yankees has been moved from 1:35 p.m. to 8:05 p.m. and will be a nationally-televised event on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball.

Baltimore and New York squared off on a Sunday night in the Bronx back in April.

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Orioles recall Flaherty, option Navarro to Triple-A Norfolk

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Orioles recall Flaherty, option Navarro to Triple-A Norfolk

Posted on 29 May 2013 by Luke Jones

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BALTIMORE — It just wouldn’t be the Orioles if they went too many days without making a roster move as second baseman Ryan Flaherty was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk prior to Wednesday’s game against Washington.

The decision raised more than a few eyebrows as the club optioned infielder Yamaico Navarro and his .286 average to Triple-A Norfolk in favor of Flaherty, who was hitting .133 when he was sent to the minors on May 18. Manager Buck Showalter hopes the brief stint with the Tides provided the necessary confidence boost to the 26-year-old infielder after he clubbed two home runs and hit .265 in 34 at-bats over the last eight games. Flaherty posted multi-hit games in four of the eight contests he played at Triple A.

Reports from Norfolk manager Ron Johnson and his staff said Flaherty was handling the breaking ball much better than he was upon being demoted, but Showalter acknowledged you never know whether that will continue to apply at the next level. Critics will certainly question whether eight minor-league contests were truly enough to fix Flaherty’s ailments, but the second baseman told reporters he thought the opportunity to make adjustments in a pressure-free environment helped significantly.

Showalter said at the time of his demotion that the hope was for Flaherty to “get his legs back under him” with the Tides.

“We know the stuff is a little better here,” Showalter said. “He’s handled the breaking ball a little better. We’ll see how it plays. The good thing about him is he’s defending. We just wanted to see him get some good at-bats. It’s what was needed at the time. I hope he benefited from it.”

In his eight games with the Orioles, Navarro has shown potential at the plate but has been erratic in the field, making a few nice plays mixed in with two errors at second base. Showalter and the Orioles clearly value defense to complement a struggling pitching staff that includes several ground-ball pitchers.

The club would be more inclined to give veteran Alexi Casilla more opportunities at second base due to his strong defense, but his .183 average hasn’t exactly screamed for more playing time and the organization sees more upside with Flaherty at the plate. Showalter said the switch-hitting Casilla will continue to be in the mix, likely receiving starts against left-handed pitchers as he was doing before Flaherty’s demotion.

“[Flaherty] understands this is not an open-ended ticket,” Showalter said. “Play better. The one thing I want to see is him be a consistent force for us defensively.”

In other news, pitching prospect Dylan Bundy has a followup appointment with Dr. James Andrews regarding his right forearm and elbow. Bundy received a platelet-rich plasma injection a month ago and has a full range of motion with the elbow after rest. Showalter told reporters the 20-year-old pitcher hasn’t experienced any pain in the last week, signs indicating he could begin throwing very soon.

“I think that’s the final thing for [Dr. Andrews] to sign off on,” Showalter said.

Infield prospect Jonathan Schoop received a second opinion on the stress fracture in his lower back on Wednesday that provided a slightly more optimistic prognosis of four weeks of rest. The hope is that the 21-year-old could be back playing in five to six weeks, which would have him back in action at around the All-Star break.

Reliever Pedro Strop completed a unique workout at his old position of shortstop Wednesday afternoon in an effort for the pitcher to refine as well as repeat his throwing motion. The struggling reliever was placed on the 15-day disabled list over the weekend with what was listed as a lower back strain, an ailment many have viewed as a veiled excuse to allow the club to work on Strop’s 6.11 earned run average and failures on the mound.

The move does not signal a position change for Strop, who broke into professional baseball as a shortstop but hit .207 in 633 plate appearances in the minors.

Starting pitcher Wei-Yin Chen continues to improve from a strained right oblique, but the lefty isn’t pain-free just yet, according to Showalter.

Injured infielders Brian Roberts and Wilson Betemit are each hitting off a tee and throwing as they continue their respective rehabs in Sarasota.

Catcher Taylor Teagarden caught seven innings in an extended spring game on Wednesday and could be sent out on a minor-league rehab assignment as early as Thursday.

Outfielder Nolan Reimold continues to rehab his right hamstring and told reporters that he’s spent some of his time rehabbing at Johns Hopkins Hospital. The 29-year-old says he is now running but not at full speed just yet. The timetable for his return remains unknown, but Reimold said it “won’t be forever.”

Not exactly much clarity in that statement.

Showalter also echoed what he said following Tuesday’s loss in Washington that rookie Kevin Gausman will once again start for the Orioles on Sunday against the Detroit Tigers.

“He’s a mature guy,” Showalter said. “He’s going to seek his level. There’s a process. Talent plays. If you’re good enough, you can’t hide it.”

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Right decision or not, Orioles were prepared to promote Gausman

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Right decision or not, Orioles were prepared to promote Gausman

Posted on 23 May 2013 by Luke Jones

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Less than 48 hours after news broke that the Orioles were promoting Kevin Gausman to the big leagues, it’s safe to say the hype machine has been in overdrive ever since.

Hours before his Thursday night debut in Toronto, fans and media continued to debate the merits of whether Gausman should be in the majors after making just eight starts for Double-A Bowie and 13 professional starts overall. The decision is viewed by some as an act of desperation as Gausman becomes the 11th starting pitcher the Orioles have sent to the hill before Memorial Day as part of a struggling rotation.

Some have even gone as far as debating how much money Gausman will command as a “Super Two” arbitration-eligible player — before he even threw his first pitch in the major leagues.

I even heard a rumor earlier Thursday that the powdered mini-donuts the 22-year-old right-hander likes to superstitiously eat between innings will be renamed “Gausmans” in tribute to the former LSU standout.

Truthfully, there’s no way of knowing whether executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette is making the right call in promoting the 2012 first-round pick less than a year after he was taken with the fourth overall selection of the amateur draft. His performance against the Blue Jays on Thursday night doesn’t change that, either.

The comparisons have already been made with last August’s promotion of 20-year-old third baseman Manny Machado, but no two players are the same. What that decision did tell you, however, was the Orioles’ willingness to take calculated risks with players in their farm system in order to win.

Conventional wisdom suggests even a college pitcher isn’t ready for the big leagues after 13 starts in the minors, but nothing about Gausman’s ability appears conventional. A mid-to-upper-90s fastball and superb changeup projected Gausman as a top draft pick last year, but the improvement of his slider as a real factor in his repertoire was exactly what the Orioles needed to see.

“I definitely improved,” said Gausman of his time with Double-A Bowie. “I think the biggest thing has probably been my slider improved more than anything, just being able to throw it in different situations. I’ve talked kind of all year about kind of learning different ways to throw it in different situations, so that’s definitely something I’ve learned how to do more than anything else.”

Even in spring training, the Orioles took an extra-long look at Gausman, which provided all the information you needed to know that he was a real option for the 2013 season and the club wanted to expose him to the major-league clubhouse. Appearing in seven Grapefruit League games and making two starts, Gausman pitched to a 3.94 earned run average in 16 innings of work before he was finally reassigned to minor-league camp on March 28. Some were already convinced he was one of their best five starting pitchers, but there were enough imperfections in addition to his lack of experience that made it clear Gausman would start the season in the minors.

Unlike fellow top pitching prospect Dylan Bundy last season, the older Gausman showed superb command (49 strikeouts to five walks) at Double-A Bowie and has a solid time to the plate, the latter being a major point of emphasis for the organization that augments All-Star catcher Matt Wieters’ ability to throw out so many runners on the bases. Gausman fields his position well and pitched in more pressure situations in the Southeastern Conference than the typical minor leaguer encounters at any level shy of the majors.

“We’ll see how it plays up here,” manager Buck Showalter said. “I’ve seen a lot of guys that had low walk totals not have them up here. I’ve seen guys have high walk totals down there, and with more aggressive hitters, they went down up here. It’s a different kind of hitter up here. They’re here because they can hit. So, we’ll see.”

Do any of those strengths mean Gausman is ready for prime time? Of course not, but you never really know if a prospect is ready until he advances to a higher level, regardless of how dramatic the jump. It’s the reason why so many “can’t-miss” prospects have missed over the years. It’s an inexact science and as Showalter likes to often remind us, these are human beings with emotions and games aren’t played on paper.

Would another four weeks or two months really do that much to help Gausman if he’s already the best option the Orioles have among their starters in the minor leagues? His ability to improve his slider in such a short span of time reflects the kind of learning curve that should allow Gausman to make adjustments quickly as major league hitters learn the book on him over his first handful of starts.

It’s impossible not to have at least the slightest concern of rushing Gausman too quickly and hurting his psyche, but Showalter took a pragmatic approach in addressing that very question on Wednesday. And everything about Gausman suggests he’s a confident young man who’s up to the challenge mentally.

“It’s like I’ve said many times, you can’t screw up the good ones,” Showalter said. “They’re going to seek their level. And we think Kevin sooner or later will seek his level. We hope it’s soon.”

Yes, his quick route to the majors raises eyebrows and goes against the norm, but the Orioles think they have someone extraordinary on their hands who breaks the mold of conventional.

Thursday night does nothing in determining whether Gausman is truly ready or not, but the right-hander did everything within his power to make a difficult decision as easy as possible for the organization. And they were willing to pull the trigger when it became apparent that Gausman was their best option from below.

“I’m trying not to think about it too much and just go out there and keep doing what I’ve been doing,” Gausman said prior to his first career start. “Throw strikes and just try to pitch my game.”

Perhaps not thinking about it too much is good advice for us all if his talent is as special as advertised.

 

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Top prospect Bundy receives PRP injection, will rest six weeks

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Top prospect Bundy receives PRP injection, will rest six weeks

Posted on 29 April 2013 by Luke Jones

Orioles pitching prospect Dylan Bundy won’t be returning to the mound in the near future but will avoid surgery for now following a visit with renowned orthopedist Dr. James Andrews on Monday.

As was the case with pitcher Zach Britton’s left shoulder last March, Bundy received a platelet-rich plasma injection to strengthen his right forearm that’s given him problems since the end of spring training. Bundy was shut down earlier this month and found the tightness in his forearm was still there after he attempted to begin a throwing program last week.

Per his request, the Orioles sent Bundy to Dr. Andrews on Monday, who prescribed the injection followed by six weeks of rest. Manager Buck Showalter said last week that Bundy is dealing with flexor mass tightness, but a previous MRI showed no structural damage to his pitching elbow.

Bundy saw team orthopedist Dr. James Wilckens last week before traveling to see Dr. Andrews on Monday. For now, Bundy will remain in Sarasota as he continues to rehab the elbow and forearm.

In many cases, PRP therapy involves more than one injection, but it is unknown whether that will be the case with Bundy. The procedure carries no tangible risk but has had varying degrees of success for many patients.

The good news for now is that Bundy will avoid going under the knife, but that doesn’t mean surgery wouldn’t be an option down the line if the injection and extended rest doesn’t provide the remedy.

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Drew’s Morning Dish — Wed., April 24

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Drew’s Morning Dish — Wed., April 24

Posted on 24 April 2013 by Drew Forrester

Well, that’s the end of Dylan Bundy’s career.

Unreal.

I’m kidding.

While I’ll admit it’s never good to see your name linked with Dr. James Andrews, unless he’s getting you on at Augusta National, I wouldn’t be overly concerned with Bundy’s visit to see the good doctor.

He fixes people, in case you haven’t heard.

And even if they find something structurally unsound in his forearm, that’s what Andrews is there for…to get it right.

Lots of folks will panic over Tuesday’s news, but let’s allow it to all play out and then go from there.  It’s not like Bundy was going to come up in July and go 11-2 in his 13 starts with a 2.49 ERA.  That just wasn’t going to happen.  So, this Orioles team won’t be affected at all by any decision made by Dr. Andrews.

Get the kid’s arm fixed and let’s move on.

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Nice work by the Capitals on Tuesday night to fend off a pesky Winnipeg team and win the Southeast Division with that 5-3 win in D.C.

That was a hockey player’s game on Tuesday.  In fact, really, it closely resembled “playoff hockey”, which hopefully prepares the Caps for what lies ahead in May.

The work Ovechkin put in on the game-clinching empty net goal was an indication that his effort level has drastically changed under Adam Oates.  He started the whole play twenty seconds earlier by applying pressure near the middle of the ice as a loose puck rolled back in the Winnipeg end.  Ovi kept fighting along the boards long enough for Backstrom to come in behind him and get involved in the play.  As a loose puck appeared and Backstrom swooped in to collect it, Ovechkin realized he was going to be in an offsides position and hustled some fifteen feet or so back into the neutral zone.  Now onside, The Great Eight collected a nice pass from Backstrom and slapped it in from 35 feet for the backbreaker.

This time two years ago, I’m not sure Ovechkin would have put in that kind of effort.

For sure, last season, Dale Hunter would have been mad at Backstrom and Ovechkin for both being in the offensive end of the ice at the same time.

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I’m guessing the Ravens haven’t cut Rolando McClain yet because they’d rather not give away their position prior to Thursday’s NFL draft.

In other words, if they cut him, they’re letting 31 other teams know they’re linebacker-shopping again.

I assume sometime next week he’ll be gone.

Right?

I mean, I realize he went to Alabama and all, but Ozzie’s not really going to keep Rolando McClain, is he?

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That Stephen Curry kid can really shoot the basketball.

And, because he didn’t go to Duke, he’s actually likeable.

Everything about him looks Duke-ish, and it’s hard to believe Coach K didn’t get him, but he somehow flew under the radar screen and wound up at Davidson of all places.

But he can absolutely shoot the ball as well as anyone I’ve seen in a long time.

And those jerseys they’re wearing in Golden State…wow x 5!  How they ever lose a game wearing those duds, I have no idea.

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Hey, did you read that story about the two Flyers fans who both wound up getting Rhodes Scholarship offers in the same year?

Yeah, me neither.

 

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Top pitching prospect Bundy seeing Dr. James Andrews for second opinion

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Top pitching prospect Bundy seeing Dr. James Andrews for second opinion

Posted on 23 April 2013 by Luke Jones

(Updated: Wednesday, 8:00 p.m.)

BALTIMORE — The latest development on top pitching prospect Dylan Bundy was a concerning one for the Orioles as manager Buck Showalter announced the 20-year-old will go for a second opinion from renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews on his forearm and elbow.

After throwing from 90 feet in Sarasota on Monday, Bundy still felt discomfort in his right forearm and asked to seek a second opinion, an idea the Orioles endorsed. An MRI showed there to be no damage to his right elbow, but Showalter said Andrews could request another one.

“[Bundy's elbow] still doesn’t feel just right, so he went to see Dr. Andrews in Gulf Breeze, Fla., just to get a second opinion on what we think we’re dealing with,” Showalter said. “We’ll get something back and we hope to find out that [he] feels the same way that our people do who have looked at it.”

Showalter revealed on Wednesday that Bundy will not see Dr. Andrews until Monday. He will be examined by team orthopedic Dr. John Wilckens in Baltimore on Thursday.

It remains unclear if there was a particular pitch or moment that caused the discomfort as Bundy was shut down at the end of spring training with what the Orioles are still describing as flexor mass tightness. The 2011 first-round pick is frustrated that he’s made such little progress after resting his arm for a couple weeks and finally being given the green light to begin a throwing program.

In time split at three different levels in his first professional season in 2012, Bundy pitched to a 2.04 earned run average and a 0.92 WHIP (walks plus hits per inning pitched) and struck out 119 batters in 103 2/3 innings pitched. He made his major league debut in September, making two relief appearances.

Bundy is regarded by most as the best pitching prospect in baseball. He was originally examined on April 2 by Dr. Wilckens, who found no structural concerns with the elbow.

“They took an MRI and the elbow looked good,” Showalter said. “That was why maybe I don’t — at this point — feel anything differently yet. I haven’t had anything told to me that anything’s different.”

The good news for the Orioles is there are no indications that Bundy is dealing with an injury that will lead to Tommy John surgery since the elbow appears sound by all accounts, but concern will exist until the club receives further feedback from Dr. Andrews. And that name is often — but not always — synonymous with bad news when it comes to the prognosis of a pitcher.

NOTES: Right-hander Josh Stinson will make the start in the series finale against Toronto on Wednesday afternoon. He was claimed off waivers from the Oakland Athletics on April 4, which was the third time he was placed on waivers in a year’s time. … Left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada threw four innings and struck out six in an extended spring outing in Sarasota. He threw 69 pitches and hasn’t experienced any setbacks, according to Showalter. The Japanese pitcher is on track to return at the end of May or the beginning of June after undergoing Tommy John surgery last year. … Second baseman Brian Roberts continues to make improvement, but the 35-year-old has yet to resume baseball-related activities. The original hope was that Roberts would be able to return in three or four weeks from the time of the injury on April 4, but it’s becoming abundantly clear that timetable was too optimistic. … All signs point to right-handed relief pitcher Alex Burnett being optioned to Triple-A Norfolk to make room for Stinson on the 25-man roster before Wednesday’s game. He was recalled to take Jake Arrieta’s roster spot on Monday.

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Roberts leaves series finale in Tampa with hamstring injury

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Roberts leaves series finale in Tampa with hamstring injury

Posted on 04 April 2013 by Luke Jones

The good vibes of a 6-3 victory and a series win over the Tampa Bay Rays were dampened by a hamstring injury suffered by second baseman Brian Roberts on Thursday.

The 35-year-old injured his right leg as he stole second base in the ninth inning. Sliding headfirst into the base safely, Roberts immediately grabbed his right leg and had to be helped off the field.

“He felt something at the bottom of the hamstring. The [doctor] will look at it,” manager Buck Showalter told MASN following the game in St. Petersburg. “We’ve got an early read on it, but I think we’ll know a lot more [Friday]. He’s in some discomfort. It’s going to be a challenge right now.

Roberts is off to a 5-for-12 start in the first three games, including a double and one run batted in. Considered a major question mark entering spring training after having played only 115 games over the last three seasons, Roberts remained healthy all spring and began the season in the No. 9 spot in the order.

Utility infielder Alexi Casilla replaced Roberts in the ninth inning and would likely share duties at second base with Ryan Flaherty if Roberts is to be sidelined for any period of time. The two-time All-Star infielder will undergo an MRI on Friday.

Roberts returned to action last June after more than a year off while dealing with concussion-related symptoms. However, he played in only 17 games before suffering a season-ending hip injury and then underwent sports hernia surgery in the offseason.

Even if the veteran appears on his way to the disabled list, Showalter maintained an optimistic outlook while discussing his second baseman.

“I’m not going to live in that doom and gloom world,” Showalter said. “Just because the good Lord delays things doesn’t mean he denies them. He’s off to a good start and he’ll be back with us at some point and continue to contribute.”

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Bundy, Gausman named to Baseball America’s Top 100 prospects list

Posted on 19 February 2013 by Luke Jones

Always a highlight of the offseason, Baseball America released its top 100 prospect list on Tuesday with two Orioles being featured prominently.

Right-handed pitchers Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman each appeared on the list as the 20-year-old Bundy is ranked as the second-best prospect in baseball while Gausuman, the club’s first-round selection a year ago, made his debut in the No. 26 spot.

Ranked 10th on last year’s prospects list and first in last season’s midseason rankings from the publication, Bundy is the prized possession of the Baltimore farm system after third baseman Manny Machado was promoted to the majors last August. The fourth overall pick of the 2011 draft received a cup of coffee with the Orioles in September, appearing in two games, and stayed with the club during its first postseason push in 15 years.

The 20-year-old Bundy split time between Delmarva, Frederick, and Bowie last season, going 9-3 with a 2.08 earned run average that included 119 strikeouts in 103 2/3 innings.

Gausman was the fourth overall pick in last year’s draft after a successful career at LSU and was a last-minute signing at last July’s deadline. The 22-year-old made five combined starts at Aberdeen and Frederick, allowing six earned runs and striking out 13 in 15 innings of work. Gausman was even elevated a step higher to make a playoff start for Double-A Bowie, tossing three scoreless innings for the Baysox.

Manager Buck Showalter has said this spring that the organization will manage each pitcher’s innings in an effort to have both available to pitch in September. The general consensus is that each pitcher will begin the season at Double-A Bowie.

No other Orioles prospects cracked the Baseball America top 100.

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Bundy, Gausman headline Orioles’ top 10 prospects list

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Bundy, Gausman headline Orioles’ top 10 prospects list

Posted on 29 October 2012 by Luke Jones

With the 2012 season officially in the rear-view mirror, Baseball America released the Orioles’ 2013 top 10 prospects list on Monday with the club’s top draft pick in each of the last two years leading the way.

After making his major league debut in September, 19-year-old pitcher Dylan Bundy was named the organization’s top prospect by the publication as the right-hander is projected to be the Orioles’ ace of the future. The organization’s minor league pitcher of the year made two relief appearances, allowing one hit and walking one in 1 2/3 innings.

The No. 4 pick of the 2012 draft, right-handed pitcher Kevin Gausman was second on the list and is projected to be a top-half-of-the-rotation starter in the future. Signed just minutes before the deadline, the 21-year-old made five starts late in the season between low Single-A Aberdeen and high Single-A Frederick, going 0-1 with a 3.60 ERA in 15 innings of work.

The top positional player on the list was infielder Jonathan Schoop, who hit .245 with 14 home runs and 56 runs batted in for Double-A Bowie this season. The 20-year-old split time between second base and shortstop, moving to the latter position after current Orioles third baseman Manny Machado was promoted to the big leagues on Aug. 9.

The Orioles’ minor league position player of the year, outfielder L.J. Hoes, was ranked sixth on the list and received a September call-up as a reward for his efforts.

Of the 10 prospects on Baseball America’s list, only Bundy and Gausman are considered “safe” bets — if such an idea exists for minor-league players — but Schoop’s age and premium power as a middle infielder have made him an intriguing talent held in high regard with many members of the organization.

Here is the full list from Baseball America:

1. Dylan Bundy, RHP
2. Kevin Gausman, RHP
3. Jonathan Schoop, 2B/SS
4. Nicky Delmonico, 1B/2B
5. Eduardo Rodriguez, LHP
6. L.J. Hoes, OF
7. Xavier Avery, OF
8. Mike Wright, RHP
9. Branden Kline, RHP
10. Adrian Marin, SS

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