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Baltimore Orioles MLB News - Orioles Baseball Blog » 2009 » April

The Baltimore Orioles place Ryan Freel on the D.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Injuries by chinmusic on Friday 24 April 2009 at 6:07 am

The Orioles have placed utility man Ryan Freel on the 15-day disabled list with a head injury which happened when he was hit by a thrown ball on a pickoff attempt. Freel has played in 9 games for the Orioles this season and he is 2 for 15 (.133 avg, .483 OPS) with 2 runs scored and 1 RBI. This is a bad break for Freel who was about to get increased playing time. The Orioles have recalled outfielder Luis Montanez from AAA-ball to replace Freel on the roster. He has now played in 2 games for the Orioles this season and he is 1 for 9 (.111 avg, .333 OPS) with a double and a RBI. Montanez has also played in 10 games in AAA-ball this season and he was 18 for 42 (.429 avg, 1.000 OPS) with 8 runs scored, 3 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. Montanez could possibly keep the starting job in LF when Melvin Mora returns from the D.L. if he does a good job while he is out.

The Baltimore Orioles place Alfredo Simon on the D.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Injuries by chinmusic on Saturday 18 April 2009 at 11:25 am

The Orioles have placed 27-year old righty starting pitcher Alfredo Simon on the 15-day disabled list with discomfort in his right elbow. Simon has started 2 games thus far for the Orioles this season and he is 0-1 with a 9.95 ERA and a 1.58 WHIP. He has allowed a stunning 5 homers in 6.1 innings so far this season. The Orioles have called up 25-year old righty Radhames Liz to replace Simon on the pitching staff. He has pitched in 1 game for the Orioles so far this season and he is 0-0 with a 36.00 ERA and a 6.00 WHIP. Things are lining up for the Orioles to likely recall 23-year old righty starting pitcher Brad Bergesen to replace Simon in the starting rotation. He is the Orioles #18 prospect according to Baseball America. In two starts this season in AA-ball Bergesen is 1-1 with a 2.45 ERA and a 0.82 WHIP. In his previous 5 minor league seasons Bergesen has pitched in 91 games (80 starts) in which he is 32-23 with a 3.76 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP. Bergesen projects to have a much higher upside than Simon does so this is a positive for the Orioles.

The Baltimore Orioles place Melvin Mora on the D.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Injuries by chinmusic on Saturday 18 April 2009 at 11:20 am

The Orioles have placed starting 3B Melvin Mora on the 15-day disabled list with a hamstring problem. Mora was off to a good start this season for the Orioles. He has played in 5 games for the Orioles this season and he is 5 for 16 (.313 avg, .921 OPS) with 1 run scored, 1 homer and 7 RBIs. Mora will be replaced at 3B by veteran righty swinging Ty Wigginton. Wigginton has played in 8 games this season and he is 7 for 29 (.243 avg, .574 OPS) with 2 runs scored and 2 RBIs. He should do a good job replacing Mora in the lineup. Felix Pie and Ryan Freel will now likely platoon in LF while Mora is out and they should also be productive.

Danys Baez is throwing seeds for the Baltimore Orioles so far

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Throwing Well by chinmusic on Saturday 11 April 2009 at 4:59 pm

The Orioles have to be very pleased with the performance of righty reliever Danys Baez. He has pitched in 2 games covering 3 2/3 innings in which he hasn’t allowed a base runner. He has also whiffed 5 batters this season showing that his arm is getting back to where it was before the Orioles signed him and they are starting to get excited about him.

Chris Ray is off to a terrible start for the Baltimore Orioles

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Pitching BP by chinmusic on Saturday 11 April 2009 at 4:57 pm

Chris Ray has been pitching batting practice this season for the Orioles. He has pitched in 2 games out of the bullpen and he has a 0-0 record with a 27.00 ERA and a 4.50 WHIP. He has allowed a stunning 5 hits and he’s walked a batter in only 1 1/3 innings this season. The more troubling stat is that Ray hasn’t whiffed anyone yet this season and that’s usually one of his strong points.

Adam Jones and Nick Markakis get off to hot starts for the Baltimore Orioles

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Playing Well by chinmusic on Saturday 11 April 2009 at 4:54 pm

CF Adam Jones and RF Nick Markakis have both gotten off to outstanding starts to the 2009 season. Jones has played in 4 games for the Orioles this year and he is 6 for 14 (.429 avg, 1.257 OPS) with 6 runs scored and 3 RBIs. Markakis has played in all 4 games this season for the Orioles and he is also 6 for 14 (.429 avg, 1.185 OPS) with 5 runs scored, 1 homer and 6 RBIs. These guys should both have good years as the Orioles are very excited about them.

The over/under for Baltimore Orioles wins in 2009 is 73.5

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Vegas Baby by chinmusic on Sunday 5 April 2009 at 4:21 pm

The smart bet here is the under as the Orioles don’t have any pitching. They should score a lot of runs but their pitching staff will give up more 95+ times in the 2009 season. 2009 will be a drag again for Orioles fans.

Dave Trembley finds himself in a tough position for the Baltimore Orioles

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Sunday 5 April 2009 at 4:19 pm

The Tampa Bay Rays screwed everything up for Orioles’ manager Dave Trembley as he can’t use the excuse about payroll any more. The Orioles were 68-93 (42.2%) last season finishing in 5th place in the American League East and that likely won’t be tolerated again in 2009. It’s too hard to get rid of all of the players so manager Dave Trembley could be on the hot seat. Trembley has managed parts of two seasons for the Orioles and he is 108-146 (42.5%) and that just isn’t acceptable.

The Baltimore Orioles release Chris Gomez

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Friday 3 April 2009 at 8:51 pm

The Orioles have released veteran infielder Chris Gomez. Gomez played in 21 games for the Orioles this spring and he was 9 for 45 (.200 avg, .577 OPS) with 5 runs scored, 2 RBIs and 1 stolen base. The acquisition of Robert Andino from the Marlins pretty much ended Gomez’ career with the Orioles.

Nick “The Franchise” Markakis will have another great year in 2009 for the Baltimore Orioles

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Friday 3 April 2009 at 12:54 pm

25-year old lefty swinging Nick Markakis is the best player the Baltimore Orioles have to offer. Markakis played in 157 games for the Orioles last season and he was 182 for 595 (.306 avg, .897 OPS) with 106 runs scored, 20 homers, 87 RBIs and 10 stolen bases. Look for Markakis’ power numbers to improve in 2009 while keeping his batting average around .300 again. Markakis played in 156 games in RF last season for the Orioles showing off good range while only making 3 errors. Markakis also has a howitzer attached to his right shoulder as he had 17 assists from RF last year. The sky is the limit for Markakis in both 2009 and the future.

If anything happened to Markakis (injury) then the Orioles would likely call up 27-year old righty swinging Lou Montanez to replace him. Montanez played in 38 games for the Orioles last season in which he was 33 for 112 (.295 avg, .762 OPS) with 18 runs scored, 3 homers and 14 RBIs. He also played in 116 games in AAA-ball last season in which he was 151 for 451 (.335 avg, .986 OPS) with 90 runs scored, 26 homers, 97 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. Montanez is not a good defensive outfielder but the Orioles would likely live with that due to his hitting.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 2009 SEASON: A+

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