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Orioles officially sign Ayala, Wallace to minor-league deals

Posted on 23 March 2014 by WNST Staff

The Orioles made a pair of minor-league signings official Sunday in announcing agreements with relief pitcher Luis Ayala and infielder Brett Wallace.

Both will report to minor league camp as Ayala returns to the Orioles to improve the organization’s bullpen depth and Wallace provides another corner infield option at the minor-league level. Ayala was released by Washington last week while the 27-year-old Wallace was let go by Houston earlier in the month.

Wallace was 2-for-14 with eight strikeouts this spring and never realized his potential at the major league level despite being drafted with the 13th overall pick in the 2008 draft. He is a career .242 hitter with 29 home runs and 102 runs batted in in 1,077 career plate appearances in the big leagues.

The agreement with Ayala was reported several days ago as he returns to the Orioles after spending 2012 and the start of the 2013 season in Baltimore before being traded to Atlanta last April.

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Orioles bring back relief pitcher Ayala to improve bullpen depth

Posted on 20 March 2014 by WNST Staff

The Orioles took a step toward improving their bullpen depth Thursday by coming to terms on an agreement with relief pitcher Luis Ayala.

The move comes a day after the veteran right-hander was released by the Washington Nationals, but the details of the contract remained unclear as of Thursday afternoon. Ayala has struggled mightily this spring, posting a 13.50 ERA in six innings of work.

A member of the 2012 bullpen that was an integral part of the Orioles’ first postseason berth in 15 years, Ayala went 5-5 with a 2.64 earned run average in 66 appearances in his only full season in Baltimore. The 36-year-old was dealt to Atlanta at the beginning of last season and posted a 2.90 ERA in 37 appearances for the Braves.

Ayala missed over two months of action last season while dealing with an anxiety disorder but rebounded to eventually pitch for the Braves in the National League Division Series.

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Orioles deal RHP Ayala to Atlanta for minor league arm

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Orioles deal RHP Ayala to Atlanta for minor league arm

Posted on 10 April 2013 by Luke Jones

Feeling a roster crunch due to a short bench and the desire to keep Rule 5 selection T.J. McFarland, the Orioles have traded right-handed relief pitcher Luis Ayala to the Atlanta Braves.

In exchange, Baltimore receives minor league pitcher Chris Jones, who will be assigned to Double-A Bowie. The deal frees up a roster spot for outfielder Chris Dickerson, who will join the club in Boston for Wednesday’s game and was not on the 40-man roster while beginning the season at Triple-A Norfolk.

Injuries to second baseman Brian Roberts and outfielder Nolan Reimold had left the Orioles short-handed as they tried to carry McFarland on the 25-man roster. Trading Ayala not only gives them a fourth bench player immediately with Dickerson but makes the long-term prospects of keeping McFarland more reasonable.

Ayala was 6-5 with a 2.81 earned run average in 68 games for the Orioles over the past two seasons, but he became more expendable with the decision to move former starter and right-handed pitcher Tommy Hunter to a bullpen role. The club had been shopping the 35-year-old right-hander since the end of spring training when it became apparent that executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette and manager Buck Showalter wanted to keep the 23-year-old McFarland around.

The veteran reliever allowed 44 percent of inherited runners to score in 2012, his worst full-season mark since the 2004 season when he pitched for the Montreal Expos (45 percent).

Dickerson provides the club another left-handed bat off the bench despite only having the ability to play the outfield. The 31-year-old spent the last two seasons with the New York Yankees, hitting .266 with three homers and 12 runs batted in in 72 plate appearances. He is a career .266 hitter with 11 home runs 47 RBIs, and 27 stolen bases in 599 plate appearances over five seasons with Cincinnati, Milwaukee, and New York.

He went 3-for-15 in six games with Norfolk this season and will wear No. 60.

The Orioles lacked any other roster flexibility in the bullpen considering all current members are either out of options or a Rule 5 selection other than left-hander Brian Matusz and right-hander Darren O’Day, two arms Showalter would obviously like at his disposal.

The 24-year-old southpaw Jones is 24-20 with a 3.58 ERA over seven minor league seasons with the Cleveland Indians and Braves. He posted a 3.90 ERA in 45 appearances in relief for Double-A Mississippi last year.

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Health concerns mounting as Reimold, Ayala leave Sunday’s game

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Health concerns mounting as Reimold, Ayala leave Sunday’s game

Posted on 07 April 2013 by Luke Jones

(Updated: 7: 15 a.m.)

The Orioles lost their series finale against the Minnesota Twins on Sunday and may have lost two more pieces for the time being.

After grounding into a double play to end the sixth inning, left fielder Nolan Reimold left the game with hamstring tightness and will be reevaluated on Monday. Meanwhile, relief pitcher Luis Ayala did not play in the series finale but was taken to the hospital after becoming ill in the sixth or seventh inning, according to manager Buck Showalter.

The pair joined a growing list of health concerns that has included infielders Brian Roberts and Wilson Betemit and pitcher Steve Johnson.

However, the Orioles received good news Sunday night as Ayala joined the team in Boston after only experiencing dizzy spells on Sunday, according to several reports.

Reimold’s status will be tricky as the Orioles are already playing with a three-man bench after activating right-handed pitcher Chris Tillman to make Saturday’s start. The club is preparing for contingency plans, which could include a trip to the 15-day disabled list for Reimold if the hamstring injury is expected to keep him out for more than a day or two.

“We’re trying to evaluate it now,” Showalter said after the 4-3 loss to the Twins at Camden Yards. “[Executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette] is going on the trip with us to Boston. I talked to him a little bit during the game to let him know where we were.”

The Orioles play an afternoon game at Fenway Park against the Red Sox on Monday before a day off on Tuesday. One would assume the club would need to make a decision by then on Reimold’s status and the need to have another bench player available.

Reimold painted an optimistic picture regarding his status, but April night games with potentially chilly temperatures won’t do a tight hamstring any favors without adequate rest.

“I came in here and did some [treatment] and calmed it down,” Reimold said following the game. “It’s a little tight still, but it’s not cramping up anymore. It should be all right.”

Showalter expressed confidence that the club’s medical staff was just being proactive in sending Ayala to the hospital to be checked out. The right-hander didn’t accompany the Orioles on their flight to Boston.

The reliever’s status wasn’t as critical as Reimold considering the Orioles are currently playing with an eight-man bullpen.

“He had some things you normally don’t have and they decided after looking at him — better go check it out,” Showalter said. “I’ve got a pretty good idea of what we’re dealing with. See how things go.”

Showalter also confirmed that the Orioles will push back Miguel Gonzalez’s next start until the weekend against the Yankees despite his turn falling during the Boston series. The Baltimore manager said there isn’t a health concern and wants to simply give the slight right-handed pitcher a few extra days.

The club gave Gonzalez an extra day or two on several occasions over the final two months of the 2012 season.

“We’re not matching people up,” Showalter said. “We’re going to have 20-something games in a row. We’ve got an opportunity here. It’s not going to come very often. We’re going to hopefully be pitching him every fifth day for a long, long time. He’s got a chance if he stays healthy to pitch over 200 innings, so we want to have him in good shape for the long haul.”

Gonzalez was the club’s most effective starter the first time through the rotation as the 28-year-old allowed two earned runs in 6 1/3 innings to earn the victory in the final game of the season-opening series against Tampa Bay.

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