Posted on 31 August 2013 by WNST Staff
The Orioles announced Saturday that outfielder Michael Morse has reported to the club and they have placed OF STEVE PEARCE on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 28, with left wrist tendonitis.
Morse was acquired Friday from Seattle and will wear uniform #38.
Pearce batted .241/.328/.361 with three homers and nine RBI in 38 games for the Orioles this season.
Posted on 30 August 2013 by WNST Staff
The Orioles announced Friday that they have acquired outfielder Michael Morse from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for minor league outfielder Xavier Avery.
Morse, 31, is a career .284/.338/.479 hitter with 83 homers and 272 RBI in 561 major league games with the Mariners and Washington Nationals. In his major league career, Morse has batted .293/.349/.495 against left-handed pitching. Morse will wear number 38.
Avery, 23, saw action in 32 games for the Orioles in 2012, batting .223/.305/.340 with one home run, six RBI and six stolen bases. Avery split the 2013 season between Double-A Bowie and Triple-A Norfolk, batting .259/.340/.345 with three homers, 35 RBI and 29 stolen bases.
Posted on 29 August 2013 by WNST Staff
Having already activated infielder and designated hitter Wilson Betemit from the disabled list earlier this week, the Orioles are continuing their quest to add a right-handed hitter by putting in waiver claims for Twins outfielder Josh Willingham and Mariners outfielder Michael Morse.
According to multiple reports, executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette is attempting to work out a trade for the 34-year-old Willingham, who has dealt with a knee injury this season and underwent surgery in early July. In 89 games this season, Willingham is hitting just .212 with 12 home runs and 45 runs batted in.
Willingham signed a three-year, $21 million prior to the 2012 season and is owed $7 million next season. Last season, Willingham hit a career-high 35 home runs and collected 110 RBIs after previous stops with the Marlins, Nationals, and Athletics.
Per the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the Twins have until noon Friday to either work out a trade with Baltimore, let Willingham go to the Orioles for free, or pull him back and keep him for the rest of the season.
Reports surfaced Thursday afternoon that Morse had also been awarded to the Orioles on revocable waivers, meaning they would have 48 hours to work out on a potential deal for him as well. Morse is hitting .226 with 13 home runs and 27 RBIs in 76 games with Seattle this season.
Posted on 28 August 2013 by WNST Staff
The Orioles announced Wednesday that they have recalled right-handed pitcher from Triple-A Norfolk and optioned left-handed pitcher Wei-Yin Chen to the GCL Orioles.
Gausman, 22, is 1-2 with a 4.04 ERA (35.2IP, 16ER), nine walks and 33 strikeouts in eight games (seven starts) for the Tides. He went 1-0 with a 1.00 ERA (18.0IP, 2ER), four walks and 17 strikeouts in four starts in August. In nine games (five starts) with the Orioles this season, Gausman is 1-3 with a 6.21 ERA (33.1IP, 23ER).
Chen, 28, is 7-7 with a 3.76 ERA (105.1IP, 44ER) in 17 starts for the Orioles this season.
Posted on 27 August 2013 by WNST Staff
The Orioles announced Tuesday that they have reinstated infielder Wilson Betemit from the 60-day disabled list and optioned second baseman Ryan Flaherty to Class-A Frederick.
Betemit, 31, is a career .268/.334/.444 hitter in 2325 plate appearances over 10 major league seasons, including a line of .281/.349/.474 in 1757 plate appearances against right-handed pitching. He was placed on the disabled list on March 31 with a right knee ligament sprain. Betemit batted .290/.353/.339 in 17 minor league rehab games with rookie Gulf Coast (five games), Class-A Frederick (four), Double-A Bowie (five) and Triple-A Norfolk (three). He batted .261/.322/.422 with 12 home runs and 40 RBI in 102 games in 2012, including a line of .302/.357/.502 with 11 home runs and 30 RBI in 280 plate appearances against right-handed pitching.
Flaherty, 26, has batted .218/.280/.364 with eight home runs and 20 RBI in 75 games for the Orioles this season.
Posted on 23 August 2013 by WNST Staff
Thought to be a candidate for a promotion when rosters expand on Sept. 1, right-handed pitcher Freddy Garcia was instead traded by the Orioles to the Atlanta Braves in exchange for cash considerations on Sunday.
Though not a member of the 40-man roster, Garcia was considered as a potential option when rosters expand next month, but manager Buck Showalter and executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette determined they would have enough alternatives in long relief and elected to send Garcia to a National League contender.
In 11 appearances (10 starts) for the Orioles earlier this year, Garcia was 3-5 with a 5.77 earned run average in 53 innings of work. He was designated for assignment on June 24 before eventually accepting a minor-league assignment with Triple-A Norfolk.
The 36-year-old Garcia was 8-3 with a 2.84 ERA in 13 starts for the Tides this season.
Posted on 19 August 2013 by WNST Staff
The Orioles announced Monday that they have recalled infielder Danny Valencia from Triple-A Norfolk.
Valencia, 28, has batted .216/.256/.500 in 25 games over three stints with the Orioles this season. He has hit .286/.326/.531 with 14 home runs and 51 RBI in 65 games for the Tides.
Posted on 18 August 2013 by WNST Staff
The Orioles announced after Sunday’s game that they have optioned right-handed pitcher Josh Stinson to Triple-A Norfolk.
Stinson, 25, appeared in each of the last two games for the Orioles after being recalled yesterday, pitching a total of 2.1 scoreless innings.
A corresponding roster move will be announced before Monday’s game.
Posted on 17 August 2013 by Luke Jones
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BALTIMORE — Already playing with a short bench after optioning outfielder Henry Uruttia to Triple-A Norfolk Friday night, the Orioles scratched shortstop J.J. Hardy from Saturday’s lineup due to back spasms.
Hardy was scheduled to hit seventh and play at his customary shortstop position before the club announced a lineup change just over an hour before the scheduled 7:05 p.m. first pitch. Hardy was described as “day to day,” but it was unclear whether he was available in any capacity for the Orioles’ 8-4 win in the second game of a three-game set against the Colorado Rockies.
The 30-year-old started feeling some discomfort in his back on Friday and underwent treatment earlier Saturday before manager Buck Showalter was made aware of it during batting practice. The Orioles decided to exercise caution with Hardy’s history of occasional back spasms but are optimistic that the back issue won’t be an issue moving forward.
“I didn’t want anything to flare up long-term, so we’ll see what tomorrow brings,” Showalter said. “I thought he and the trainers managed it pretty well. I appreciate him being honest, but he wanted to play. He thought he could play with it.”
Ryan Flaherty was scheduled to serve as Saturday’s designated hitter, but he was moved to the shortstop position while Steve Pearce served as the DH. The only healthy bench players available to manager Buck Showalter were backup catcher Taylor Teagarden and infielder Alexi Casilla since right-handed pitcher Josh Stinson was recalled earlier in the day to serve as an extra arm out of the bullpen.
Stinson was used in Saturday’s game, throwing 19 pitches, but Showalter was unsure whether the Orioles would need to option him back to Norfolk in favor of a hitter.
Entering Saturday night, Hardy had played in all but one of the Orioles’ 121 games this season, hitting .254 with 22 home runs, 66 runs batted in, and a .735 on-base plus slugging percentage.
Posted on 17 August 2013 by WNST Staff
The Orioles announced Saturday that they have recalled right-handed pitcher Josh Stinson from Triple-A Norfolk.
Stinson, 25, is joining the Orioles for the third time this season (also April 24 and July 10-11). He made one start, allowing five earned runs in 5.2 innings on April 24 against Toronto. In 21 starts for the Tides this season, Stinson has gone 7-5 with a 3.75 ERA (124.2IP, 52ER).