Posted on 27 September 2013 by Glenn Clark
Posted on 24 September 2013 by WNST Staff
The Orioles and their fans breathed a collective sigh of relief Tuesday as it appears that 21-year-old third baseman Manny Machado has avoided a catastrophic injury to his knee.
Though the young infielder will receive a second opinion, the diagnosis by team orthopedist Dr. John Wilckens was that Machado suffered only a torn medial patellofemoral ligament in his left knee when he stepped awkwardly on first base in the seventh inning of the series finale against the Rays on Monday. A magnetic resonance imaging exam revealed no damage to the medial collateral and anterior cruciate ligaments despite fears that suggested otherwise upon witnessing the gruesome-looking injury.
It is believed that Machado will not need surgery and will be sidelined for six to eight weeks before he can begin light running. That timetable would put him on track to be ready for spring training in February, which is excellent news for the All-Star third baseman and the Orioles, who have all but been eliminated from postseason consideration but entered Tuesday only one victory away from their second consecutive winning season.
The third overall pick in the 2010 draft, Machado hit .283 with 14 home runs, 51 doubles, and 71 runs batted in in his first full season in the big leagues this year and was selected to his first All-Star Game in July.
Posted on 16 September 2013 by WNST Staff
The Orioles announced Monday that they have reinstated outfielder Henry Urrutia from the Restricted List. To make room for him on the 40-man roster, infielder Wilson Betemit has been designated for assignment.
Urrutia, 26, batted .276/.276/.310 in 24 games with the Orioles this season.
Betemit, 31, has appeared in six games for the Orioles in 2013, going hitless in 10 at-bats. He was on the disabled list from March 26 to August 27 with a right knee sprain.
Posted on 10 September 2013 by WNST Staff
Season opens at Oriole Park on March 31 vs. Boston
The Orioles announced Tuesday they will open the 2014 season at home on March 31 against the Boston Red Sox. Next year will mark the 60th Anniversary Season since the club moved to Baltimore from St. Louis in 1954 to become the modern-day Orioles. It is the 61st overall season for the club and their 23rd at Oriole Park.
The Orioles will play a three-game series against the Red Sox at Oriole Park March 31-April 3 to open the season, the first of three trips Boston will make to Baltimore in 2014. The Orioles will face each of their AL East rivals three times at Oriole Park, with 10 games each against the Tampa Bay Rays and Toronto Blue Jays and nine games each against the Red Sox and New York Yankees. The Red Sox will return to Baltimore June 9-11 and September 19-21; the Yankees will visit Charm City July 11-13, August 11-13 and September 12-14; the Rays will visit Oriole Park April 14-16, June 27-29 and August 25-28; and the Blue Jays will play in Baltimore April 11-13, June 12-15 and September 15-17. The Orioles’ final 22 games will be against AL East opponents.
The 2014 Interleague schedule features visits to Baltimore by the Pittsburgh Pirates (April 29-30), Washington Nationals (July 9-10), St. Louis Cardinals (August 8-10) and Cincinnati Reds (September 2-4). The Orioles will visit the Pirates (May 20-21), Milwaukee Brewers (May 26-28), Nationals (July 7-8) and Chicago Cubs (August 22-24) as part of Interleague Play.
Baltimore will host the rest of the AL once: Kansas City Royals (April 25-27), Houston Astros (May 9-11), Detroit Tigers (May 12-14), Cleveland Indians (May 22-25), Oakland A’s (June 6-8), Chicago White Sox (June 23-25), Texas Rangers (June 30-July 3), Los Angeles Angels (July 29-31), Seattle Mariners (August 1-3), and Minnesota Twins (August 29-September 1).
The Orioles will play 17 of 27 games in June at home, their busiest month at Oriole Park. Overall, the Birds will play 49 of the 95 games prior to the All-Star break (July 14-17) at home. They have two 10-game homestands, June 6-15 (Oakland, Boston and Toronto) and June 23-July 3 (Chicago, Tampa Bay and Texas). They also host New York, Toronto and Boston for a nine-game homestand, September 12-21.
The Orioles will play 18 of 28 games in May on the road. They have two road trips of 10 or more games, traveling to Milwaukee, Houston and Texas, May 26-June 5 and Oakland, Los Angeles and Seattle, July 18-27. The team also has a nine-game trip to Cleveland and Chicago (White Sox and Cubs), August 15-24.
Posted on 09 September 2013 by WNST Staff
The Orioles announced Sunday the winners of their player development and scouting awards for 2013, including OF HENRY URRUTIA as the club’s top minor league player and RHP MIKE WRIGHT as the club’s top minor league pitcher. The winners will be honored in an on-field ceremony before today’s game against the Chicago White Sox, with awards presented by DIRECTOR OF PLAYER DEVELOPMENT, BRIAN GRAHAM and DIRECTOR OF MINOR LEAGUE OPERATIONS, KENT QUALLS.
Urrutia, the Brooks Robinson Minor League Player of the Year, hit a combined .347/.406/.506 with 31 extra-base hits, 50 RBI and 49 runs scored in 81 total games with Double-A Bowie (.365/.433/.550 in 52 games) and Triple-A Norfolk (.316/.358/.430 in 29 games). Urrutia was selected to the MLB Sirius XM All-Star Futures Game in New York, going 0-for-3 for the World Team. He was also named an Eastern League All-Star. Urrutia made his major league debut on July 20 at Texas, collecting his first major league hit that night on a third inning RBI single. He collected a career-high three hits on July 22 at Kansas City, and has batted .283 (15-53) in 22 games for the Orioles this season. Urrutia was signed by the Orioles as a non-drafted free agent on July 11, 2012 and is the 12th Cuban-born player in club history.
Wright, the Jim Palmer Minor League Pitcher of the Year, went 11-3 with a 3.26 ERA in 143.2 innings pitched for Double-A Bowie this season. He made one start for Triple-A Norfolk to end the year, tossing 6.2 scoreless innings. Wright earned the win in this year’s Eastern League All-Star Game as the game’s starter, tossing a scoreless first inning (one strikeout) in the Western Division’s 5-0 win. He finished the season among the Eastern League leaders in ERA (T-1st – 3.26), wins (T-2nd – 11) and K/9 ratio (5th – 8.52). Wright was among the organizational season leaders in wins (T-1st – 11), strikeouts (2nd – 138) and ERA (3rd – 3.11). The 23-year old right-hander was selected by the Orioles in the 3rd round of the 2011 First Year Player Draft out of East Carolina University.
INF ANTHONY CARONIA has been named this year’s recipient of the Elrod Hendricks Minor League Community Service Award. Caronia, the Orioles’ 27th round pick in 2012 out of the University of Tampa, displayed outstanding dedication to the community while spending most of his season with the Delmarva Shorebirds. Caronia made numerous appearances at little leagues and summer camps, easily interacting with staff and kids. He also regularly caught ceremonial first pitches and frequently signed autographs for fans before games.
Bowie Baysox Manager GARY KENDALL is the winner of the Cal Ripken Sr. Player Development Award, presented to a minor league staff member who exemplifies the qualities of the late Oriole who is regarded as the architect of “The Oriole Way.” Kendall recently completed his 14th season with the Orioles and his third year managing at Double-A. In his time with the organization, Kendall has managed, coached and helped develop many current Orioles and top prospects, including JIM JOHNSON, NICK MARKAKIS, BRIAN MATUSZ, MANNY MACHADO, KEVIN GAUSMAN, JONATHAN SCHOOP, URRUTIA, WRIGHT and EDUARDO RODRIGUEZ. Kendall has been selected to manage in the Arizona Fall League this year, has been a coach or instructor for 13 years at the Orioles’ Fall Instructional League, and has served as a coach at Major League Spring Training for the past 10 years.
Area Scout DAVE JENNINGS will receive the Jim Russo Scout of the Year Award, named in honor of the man who spent 33 years in various scouting capacities with the Orioles beginning with their move from St. Louis in 1954. Jennings has been an Orioles scout for 13 years, having started with the organization in 2002. His draft signings for the Orioles include four 1st round selections (GAUSMAN in 2012, MATT WIETERS in 2007, MARKAKIS in 2003, ADAM LOEWEN in 2002) and 2nd round selection XAVIER AVERY in 2008. Jennings also signed current O’s minor leaguers LEX RUTLEDGE (6th Round in 2012), DEVIN JONES (9th Round in 2011) and CREEDE SIMPSON (25th Round in 2012). Orioles DIRECTOR OF SCOUTING, GARY RAJSICH will present the award.
Additionally, Carolina League Athletic Trainer of the Year PAT WESLEY will be honored. Wesley recently completed his 10th full season as an Athletic Trainer in the Orioles organization, his fifth with Frederick. He has previously worked in the Arizona Fall League and served as a trainer at major league spring training. Wesley was previously named as the Athletic Trainer of the Year in the South Atlantic League during his tenure with the Delmarva Shorebirds. He is a graduate of McKendree University.
2013 AWARD WINNERS
Brooks Robinson Minor League Player of the Year: Henry Urrutia (Norfolk/Bowie)
Jim Palmer Minor League Pitcher of the Year: Mike Wright (Norfolk/Bowie)
Elrod Hendricks Minor League Community Service Award: Anthony Caronia (Frederick/Delmarva)
Cal Ripken, Sr. Player Development Award: Gary Kendall (Bowie Baysox Manager)
Jim Russo Scout of the Year Award: Dave Jennings
Posted on 06 September 2013 by WNST Staff
The Orioles announced Friday that they have selected the contract of outfielder Chris Dickerson from Triple-A Norfolk. To make room for him on the 40-man roster, infielder Alex Liddi has been designated for assignment.
Dickerson, 31, batted .245/.274/.412 in 46 games with the Orioles earlier this season.
Liddi, 25, batted .222/.269/.378 in 49 games for the Tides after being acquired from Seattle on July 6.
Posted on 05 September 2013 by WNST Staff
The Orioles today announced that they have recalled RHP STEVE JOHNSON from Triple-A Norfolk and optioned LHP ZACH BRITTON to Short-Season Class-A Aberdeen. Additionally, RHP JASON HAMMEL has been reinstated from the 15-day disabled list.
Johnson, 26, is 1-1 with a 7.82 ERA (12.2IP, 11ER) in six games (one start) for the Orioles this season. He went 2-3 with a 4.11 ERA (46.0IP, 21ER) in 10 games (eight starts) for the Tides.
Britton, 25, is 2-3 with a 5.45 ERA (36.1IP, 22ER) in seven starts for the Orioles this season. In 19 starts for Norfolk, Britton was 6-5 with a 4.27 ERA (103.1IP, 49ER).
Hammel, 31, is 7-8 with a 5.20 ERA (123.0IP, 71ER) in 21 starts for the Orioles this season.
Posted on 03 September 2013 by WNST Staff
The Orioles announced Tuesday that they have recalled INF JONATHAN SCHOOP, OF HENRY URRUTIA and RHP JOSH STINSON from Triple-A Norfolk, and INF RYAN FLAHERTY from High-A Frederick.
Schoop, 21, will make his major league debut when he first appears in a game. He batted .256/.301/.396 with nine home runs and 34 RBI in 289 plate appearances while playing second base and shortstop for the Tides this season. Schoop also batted .214/.313/.464 with two home runs in eight games for Team Netherlands in this year’s World Baseball Classic. He will wear #6.
Urrutia, 26, batted .316/.358/.430 in 29 games for the Tides this season after hitting .365/.433/.550 in 52 games with Double-A Bowie. He batted .269/.269/.308 in 21 games with the Orioles earlier this season.
Stinson, 25, went 7-6 with a 3.78 ERA (131.0IP, 55ER) in 23 starts for the Tides this season. He posted a 2.95 ERA (36.2IP, 12ER) in his final seven starts. Stinson made three appearances (one start) for the Orioles earlier this season, posting a 6.53 ERA (8.0IP, 5ER).
Flaherty, 27, has batted .218/.280/.364 in 75 games for the Orioles this season. He hit a combined .265/.280/.490 in 12 games with Frederick (two games), Class-A Delmarva (two) and Triple-A Norfolk (eight).
With these moves, the Orioles now have 32 players on the active roster.
Posted on 02 September 2013 by WNST Staff
The Orioles will continue a series of September call-ups on Tuesday with the promotions of top infield prospect Jonathan Schoop, outfielder Henry Urrutia, infielder Ryan Flaherty, and right-handed pitcher Josh Stinson.
Flaherty will be recalled from Single-A Frederick while the other three have been playing for Triple-A Norfolk.
With minor-league seasons now concluding, the organization will also send a group of players to Sarasota to be on call in case the Orioles need them later this month. Japanese lefty starter Tsuyoshi Wada and outfielders Chris Dickerson and Jason Pridie are expected to be included in that group.
Posted on 02 September 2013 by WNST Staff
The Orioles announced Monday that they have recalled left-handed pitcher Zach Britton from Triple-A Norfolk.
Britton, 25, is 2-3 with a 4.76 ERA (34.0IP, 18ER) in six starts for the Orioles this season. In 19 starts for Norfolk, Britton was 6-5 with a 4.27 ERA (103.1IP, 49ER).
In 46 career games (45 starts) for the Orioles, Britton is 18-17 with a 4.74 ERA (248.2IP, 131ER).