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Orioles send Alvarez, Verrett, five others to minors

Posted on 30 March 2017 by Luke Jones

The Orioles made a series of roster moves as they wrapped up Grapefruit League action on Thursday and continue counting down to Monday’s season opener.

As expected, veteran Pedro Alvarez was reassigned to minor-league camp and will begin the season at Triple-A Norfolk to continue his transition to the outfield. Fellow outfielder Chris Dickerson and infielders Robert Andino, Johnny Giavotella, and Paul Janish were also reassigned to minor-league camp.

Baltimore optioned right-handed pitchers Logan Verrett and Alec Asher to Triple-A Norfolk. Asher was acquired from Philadelphia in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations earlier this week.

Manager Buck Showalter told reporters in Sarasota that starting pitcher Wade Miley will be placed on the new 10-day disabled list and remains in line to start the fifth game of the season on April 9. Miley is still building up his stamina after using costly time due to an upper respiratory illness. Because of two off-days next week, Opening Day pitcher Kevin Gausman will be able to make two starts on regular rest before the Orioles need their fourth starter behind him, Dylan Bundy, and Ubaldo Jimenez.

Outfielders Joey Rickard and Craig Gentry as well as first baseman and outfielder Trey Mancini are expected to make the Opening Day roster and will go north with the club to Baltimore. It remains to be seen how long Showalter will be able to carry 14 position players, but the Orioles will not need a No. 5 starter until April 15.

Showalter also said his plan is to carry left-hander Vidal Nuno and right-hander Tyler Wilson as long relievers to begin the regular season, but that could change if the organization were to add any other pitchers between now and Monday.

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Twelve Orioles thoughts as spring training winds down

Posted on 22 March 2017 by Luke Jones

With the Orioles in the midst of their final two weeks in Sarasota, I’ve offered a dozen thoughts, each in 50 words or less:

1. Ken Rosenthal fairly laid out positives and concerns related to Brady Anderson’s organizational role, but the big question is the future. With Dan Duquette’s contract expiring after 2018, is Anderson viewed as his successor and, if so, is he adequately preparing for that while still wearing so many other hats?

2. Anderson’s criticism of the handling of Jake Arrieta coincides with Baseball Prospectus’ latest look at the Orioles’ track record with pitching prospects. More scrutiny for both their talent evaluation and development remains in order from top to bottom despite the club’s success over the last five years.

3. Count me as a new World Baseball Classic fan. It’s refreshing seeing outward emotion without it leading to World War III. Cultivating more of this mindset in the majors would better grow the sport than obsessing over shaving 10 minutes from the time of game. Joy isn’t a four-letter word.

4. With baseball being a regional sport in terms of fan interest and player popularity, it’s been fun seeing Adam Jones shine in the WBC spotlight. In the process of pointing out what he isn’t, too many overlook just how important he’s been to the Orioles’ turnaround. He deserves this.

5. As the club counts down to Chris Tillman attempting a long-toss session this Sunday, you have to wonder what’s next if he again experiences shoulder discomfort after a platelet-rich plasma injection in December and a cortisone shot earlier this month. Plenty of folks have to be holding their breath.

6. You shouldn’t read too much into any spring numbers, but Trey Mancini is doing everything he can to make the club. In addition to posting a .926 on-base plus slugging percentage in the Grapefruit League, he is also learning the outfield. Finding a role for him is the obvious problem.

7. There’s much debate about whether Hyun Soo Kim is capable of hitting left-handed pitching, but he entered Wednesday just 2-for-5 with two strikeouts against southpaws in the Grapefruit League. It’d be tough to argue that Buck Showalter is committed to finding out if Kim can be an everyday player.

8. After Francisco Pena and Audry Perez were sent to minor-league camp on Tuesday, Chance Sisco remained as the only non-roster catcher in major league spring training. The 22-year-old isn’t making the club, but the Orioles wanting to take a longer look at him is a good sign.

9. Robert Andino will always be remembered for the final game of the 2011 season, but he’s appeared in only 13 major league games since 2013 and is just 4-for-39 with 11 strikeouts this spring. You have to wonder if the 32-year-old will be given a place in Baltimore’s minor-league system.

10. Perhaps Seth Smith doesn’t need a slew of at-bats to get ready for Opening Day, but he hasn’t played in two weeks because of a slow-healing hamstring injury. That’s an unsettling development for a 34-year-old right fielder who will likely be playing in cool conditions in April.

11. Despite his early success at the plate since re-signing, Pedro Alvarez going to the minors to learn the outfield should remain the plan. The corner outfield defense clearly hasn’t been prioritized recently, but run prevention needs to matter — at least somewhat — with a pitch-to-contact rotation.

12. After enduring headaches with fringe roster players being out of options in recent seasons, the Orioles’ only decision in that department is reliever Oliver Drake. The 30-year-old has had some limited major league success over the last two seasons, but he isn’t helping his cause with a 10.61 spring ERA.

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Sisco tops list of Orioles’ spring training non-roster invitees

Posted on 07 February 2017 by Luke Jones

Orioles catching prospect Chance Sisco will headline a list of 12 non-roster invitees who will report to Sarasota for spring training next week.

The group includes several veterans with major league experience such as infielder Robert Andino and outfielder Chris Dickerson — who both served previous stints with Baltimore — but Sisco will receive a look in major league camp for the second straight spring. Considered the Orioles’ catcher of the future, the 21-year-old is projected to begin the 2017 season at Triple-A Norfolk where he hit two home runs in 18 plate appearances at the end of last season.

With free agent Matt Wieters not expected to return, the Orioles signed veteran Welington Castillo to a one-year, $6 million contract with a player option for 2018 in mid-December. Incumbents Caleb Joseph and Francisco Pena will compete for the backup job behind Castillo, but Sisco’s offensive potential makes him a possibility to be promoted to the majors sooner than later if he can make strides defensively.

In 479 plate appearances for Double-A Bowie last year, the left-handed batter posted a .320 average with four home runs, 28 doubles, 44 runs batted in, and a .406 on-base percentage. That production earned him an invitation to the All-Star Futures Game in San Diego where he hit a homer.

The non-roster invitee list includes four pitchers: right-handers Nate Adcock, Richard Rodriguez, and Zach Stewart as well as lefty Jed Bradley. Catchers Yermín Mercedes and Audry Pérez, infielder Johnny Giavotella, and outfielders Logan Schafer and David Washington round out the list of 12.

The Orioles will hold their first official spring workout on Feb. 14.

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Orioles bring back old friend Andino on minor-league deal

Posted on 06 February 2017 by Luke Jones

The Orioles are bringing an old friend to Sarasota for a look this spring.

Veteran infielder Robert Andino has agreed to a minor-league contract that will include an invitation to spring training. Originally acquired from the Florida Marlins in exchange for pitcher Hayden Penn in 2009, the 32-year-old spent four seasons in Baltimore, appearing in 360 games and hitting .239 with a .629 on-base plus slugging percentage in 1,223 plate appearances.

Andino was considered a local hero for his role in helping knock the Boston Red Sox out of postseason contention in the 2011 regular-season finale. His game-winning single not only ended the Orioles’ season on a winning note, but it served as the symbolic turning point for a club that qualified for the playoffs a year later to end a miserable stretch of 14 consecutive losing seasons.

Having appeared in just 42 major league games since being dealt to Seattle after the 2012 campaign, Andino brings more spring depth to the Baltimore infield.

The Orioles also confirmed the minor-league signing of infielder Johnny Giavotella, who appeared in 99 games for the Los Angeles Angels last year and owns a career .256 average over six major league seasons.

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Robert Andino Traded by Baltimore Orioles…..Glorious Day

Posted on 21 November 2012 by BaltimoreSportsNut

I have heard a lot of fans are disappointed that the Baltimore Orioles traded away Robert Andino, but I say good riddens! Andino, other than a walk-off hit against Boston in 2011, has done nothing specatular with the bat, and is he ok in the field. I will give him credit in that he could play all four infield positions, but a lot of players out there can do that. Andino was arbitration eligible this year and would have gotten a raise and the Orioles were absolutely correct for getting rid of him before having to pay him more money to be terrible at the plate. Ryan Flaherty has much more upside, he hits from the left side of the plate and has much more power as well.

Most fans that are sad to see him go mention that they loved the attitude he brought to the team, and I have no problem with a guy that has some arrogance about him on a baseball field, you need that guy; however, that guy needs to be able to BACK IT UP!! What in the world has Andino done to back up his arrogance? Nothing!

So long Andino…….enjoy hitting .200 somewhere else!

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Orioles officially recall Britton, add Bergesen for bullpen help

Posted on 17 July 2012 by Luke Jones

The revolving roster door swung open again Tuesday as the Orioles officially recalled left-handed pitcher Zach Britton and purchased the contract of right-hander Brad Bergesen to add a fresh arm to a weary bullpen prior to the second of a four-game set with the Minnesota Twins.

Right-hander reliever Miguel Socolovich was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk and second baseman Robert Andino was placed on the 15-day disabled list after Monday’s MRI revealed the infielder would miss at least three weeks with a left shoulder injury. To clear room for Bergesen on the 40-man roster, designated hitter Nick Johnson (right wrist) was moved to the 60-day disabled list.

Britton’s 2012 debut came much later than anyone expected after the 24-year-old opened the season on the disabled list with a nerve impingement in his left shoulder. Upon being activated on June 6, the left-hander was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk where the Orioles wanted to see him continue to build arm strength as well as work on commanding his breaking pitches better.

In eight starts with the Tides, Britton was 4-1 with a 4.15 earned run average over 47 2/3 innings. In his final tuneup in Triple A on July 12, he pitched seven shutout innings while striking out six and allowing four hits in a 7-0 victory for the Tides.

The addition of Bergesen brings a fresh arm to a tired Baltimore bullpen that pitched 7 1/3 innings Monday in an embarrassing 19-7 loss to the Twins. He is 4-3 with one save and a 4.03 ERA in 80 1/3 innings over 22 games (10 starts) with Triple-A Norfolk this season.  He has pitched to a 2.89 ERA in 28 innings out of the bullpen this season, including a 2.35 clip in his last 10 appearances since June 9.

Socolovich made his major league debut on Saturday and allowed four earned runs in four innings of work for the Orioles.

With Jim Thome now holding down the designated hitter duties for the Orioles, Johnson’s future with the club remains in doubt, but he’s been on the disabled list since June 28 and has a history of chronic wrist issues.

Right-handed pitcher Tommy Hunter will make Wednesday’s start in Minnesota, meaning the Orioles will be making yet another roster move in the next 24 hours.

Given how poorly the Orioles have pitched in recent weeks, the barrage of moves feels like little more than rearranging the deck chairs on the sinking Titantic with so few appealing options at their disposal.

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Andino expected to miss 3-4 weeks with shoulder injury

Posted on 16 July 2012 by Luke Jones

Second baseman Robert Andino said he hoped only to miss a few days with the left shoulder injury that forced him out of Sunday’s game.

Instead, the Orioles are losing another player for an extended period of time as Andino is expected to miss three or four weeks after undergoing an MRI on Monday. He will be placed on the 15-day disabled list, according to reports from Minnesota where the Orioles began a four-game series with the Twins.

Andino injured his left shoulder diving for a ground ball in the sixth inning of the Orioles’ 4-0 loss to Detroit.

Tuesday’s starter Zach Britton will take Andino’s spot on the 25-man roster as the club suffered another injury blow on the same day starting pitcher Jason Hammel underwent right knee surgery that will keep him sidelined for at least three or four weeks.

Andino is hitting .230 with five home runs and 21 runs batted in this season while serving as the primary second baseman. Though the 28-year-old lost his starting job when veteran Brian Roberts returned to action in mid-June, Andino had regained his position when Roberts was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a hip injury. Roberts is contemplating having season-ending surgery.

The extended absence for Andino means the Orioles will turn to the combination of utility infielder Steve Tolleson and Rule 5 selection Ryan Flaherty to handle starting duties at second base. Tolleson was in the starting lineup on Monday night.

Manager Buck Showalter told reporters in Minnesota that Andino will report to Sarasota in a few days to begin rehabilitation.

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Andino latest to join growing Orioles’ infirmary report

Posted on 15 July 2012 by Luke Jones

After announcing pitcher Jason Hammel would undergo right knee surgery, the Orioles added another to their ever-increasing MASH unit when second baseman Robert Andino left Sunday’s game with a left shoulder injury.

Andino injured himself diving for a grounder to his left in the sixth inning and will remain in Baltimore to undergo an MRI on Monday while the Orioles begin a four-game series in Minnesota. X-rays taken on Sunday were negative, and the Orioles will keep their fingers crossed that Andino’s injury is not serious.

“The trainers are telling me what [the doctors] said and what initially they think, but it’s just pure speculation until they get the pictures back,” manager Buck Showalter said. “I think we’ll be able to make a decision on it by Tuesday and where it could affect some roster things we have to do.”

The Orioles are already without second baseman Brian Roberts, who is on the 15-day disabled list and weighing having surgery on his injured hip that would likely end his season.

Andino remained optimistic following the 4-0 loss to the Tigers that he would only miss a short time and avoid the 15-day disabled list.

“For me, I don’t think I’ll go on the DL,” he said. “It should be like a few days, hopefully. For me to come out of the game, it’s got to be something. X-rays are negative. I have nothing torn, nothing separated. Just waiting for the MRI tomorrow and [I’ll] just go from there.”

With the Orioles having already sent down relief pitcher Steve Johnson to make room for Monday’s starter Chris Tillman and needing to make subsequent moves for pitcher Zach Britton on Tuesday and another starter on Wednesday, it will be difficult keeping Andino on the roster if he has to miss more than a day or two of action.

Ryan Flaherty took Andino’s place at second base on Sunday, and utility player Steve Tolleson would also figure to receive time at at the position in Andino’s absence.

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Showalter confident Roberts will start clicking at top of order

Posted on 29 June 2012 by Luke Jones

BALTIMORE — Playing his first major league game in over a year when he took the field against Pittsburgh on June 12, second baseman Brian Roberts made it look like he had never left with a 3-for-4 night.

However, the 34-year-old has struggled to find his footing since his first five games when he went 7-for-22 with four runs batted in. Going back to the start of the New York Mets series on June 18, Roberts is just 4-for-34 (.118) with three walks and six strikeouts as the Orioles have scored only 14 runs over their last nine games.

Manager Buck Showalter was asked if he thinks the extended time away from baseball has factored heavily into Roberts’ early struggles.

“I hope so. He’s had 55, 60 at-bats in over a year,” Showalter said. “He’ll be a contributor here. He’s aware; he knows when it’s right and when it’s not. He’ll get there, and we’ll reap the benefits of it when he does. He’s already done some good things for us early on and he will again.”

Roberts is hitting just .196 in 61 plate appearances and has yet to collect an extra-base hit, which is concerning when remembering the second baseman regularly hit 40 or more doubles per season over the course of his career.

Many wondered what impact his well-documented concussion-related issues would have on his aggression in the running game, but his struggles at the plate have prevented observers from really drawing any conclusions in that facet of the game. Roberts has only tried to steal one base and was thrown out against the Mets on June 19.

His fielding has been solid, though not spectacular in a limited number of games at second base. Roberts has committed one error while showing proficiency in turning the double play.

“We’ve got to keep in mind that things like that just don’t happen overnight,” Showalter said. “I think Brian’s got a real respect for the level of play. It’s the best players in the world, and nobody cares about some of the challenges guys may have had physically. But he’ll make somebody play for it eventually.”

Of course, it’s difficult to nitpick Roberts’ performance when a number of regulars who haven’t missed a year of time have struggled mightily over the last two weeks. It would be far more interesting to observe what the tone would be regarding the veteran if former starter Robert Andino had been hitting better prior to Roberts’ return earlier this month.

Showalter still views Roberts as his best option in the leadoff spot, which is hardly surprising considering how much difficulty the Orioles have had finding anyone else to handle the role with any level of proficiency over the last two seasons he missed extended time. The Baltimore manager still views Roberts as one of the best in the game at the top of the order.

“You put him on any team and that’s where they’d want to hit him for the most part,” Showalter said. “We’re lucky to have him back. It’ll happen.”

Roberts was hitless in his last 15 at-bats entering Friday night’s game against the Cleveland Indians.

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