The Baltimore Orioles lose J.J. Hardy for the next 6-8 weeks

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Big Orioles News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Monday 2 May 2016 at 3:11 pm

The Baltimore Orioles will be without starting shortstop J.J. Hardy for the next 6-8 weeks due to a fractured foot.  Hardy has played in 22 games for the Orioles so far this year and he is 19 of 78 (.244 avg, .701 OPS) with 11 runs scored, 2 homers and 8 RBIs.  The Orioles will likely slide Manny Machado over to SS to replace Hardy.  With Pedro Alvarez and 29-year old lefty swinging Ryan Flaherty handling the hot corner.  Flaherty played in 4 games earlier this year for the Orioles and he was 2 for 10 (.200 avg, .473 OPS) with 1 stolen base.  Flaherty played in 5 games in AAA-ball after his demotion and he was 8 for 19 (.421 avg, .974 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 0 homers and 1 RBI.

The Baltimore Orioles send Ryan Flaherty to AAA

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Big Orioles News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Monday 25 April 2016 at 7:47 pm

The Baltimore Orioles have sent 29-year old lefty swinging IF/OF Ryan Flaherty to AAA.  Flaherty has played in 4 games for the Orioles so far this year and he is 2 for 10 (.200 avg, .473 OPS) with 1 stolen base.  He has now played in 359 games in his first five years with the Orioles and he is 206 of 957 (.215 avg, .646 OPS) with 110 runs scored, 32 homers, 109 RBIs and 5 stolen bases.  Flaherty will probably be back with the Orioles at some point in 2016.

The Baltimore Orioles have claimed David Hale off waivers

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Big Orioles News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Monday 25 April 2016 at 1:00 pm

The Baltimore Orioles have claimed 28-year old righty reliever/starter David Hale off waivers from the Colorado Rockies.  Hale pitched in 2 games (0 starts) for the Rockies this year and he was 0-0 with a 13.50 ERA and a 3.00 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 66 games (20 starts) in his first four years in the majors and he is 10-10 with a 4.48 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP.  Hale will start his tenure in Baltimore in AAA-ball.  I really like this move for the Orioles, as Hale was a decent pitcher before he got to Coors Field.

The Baltimore Orioles are going to activate Kevin Gausman off the D.L. on Monday

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Big Orioles News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Saturday 23 April 2016 at 3:12 pm

The Baltimore Orioles are going to activate 25-year old righty starting pitcher Kevin Gausman off the D.L. on Monday.  Gausman pitched in 3 games (all starts) in A+AA+AAA-ball on his rehab assignment and he was 0-3 with a 3.27 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP.  Gausman has pitched in 65 games (42 starts) in his first three years with the O’s and he is 14-19 with a 4.21 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP.  The Orioles hope that this is the year that Gausman puts it all together.

The Baltimore Orioles place Yovani Gallardo on the D.L.

Blogged under Big Orioles News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries,The Minors by joelapinski on Saturday 23 April 2016 at 3:09 pm

The Baltimore Orioles have placed 30-year old righty starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo on the 15-day disabled list due to shoulder and bicep tendinitis.  Gallardo has pitched in 4 games (all starts) for the Orioles so far this year and he is 1-1 with a 7.00 ERA and a 1.67 WHIP.  He has allowed 23 hits and 7 walks in his first 18 innings while only whiffing 9 batters.  He was having a hard time getting his fastball into the mid to upper 80’s, which was a sure sign that something was wrong with him.  The O’s signed him to a 2-year, $22 million dollar deal despite having some red flags show up in his physical concerning his right shoulder….so they have no one to blame but the front office for this happening.  The Orioles have activated 29-year old lefty reliever Brian Matusz off the D.L. to replace Gallardo on the roster.  Matusz pitched in 5 games (1 start) in A+AA-ball on a rehab assignment and he was 0-0 with a 7.20 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP.  He pitched in 58 games (0 starts) for the Orioles last year and he was 1-4 with a 2.94 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP.  Matusz should help bolster the Orioles’ bullpen.

Jimmy Paredes will start the 2016 season on the D.L. for the Baltimore Orioles

Blogged under Big Orioles News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Friday 1 April 2016 at 11:02 am

27-year old switch-hitting IF/OF Jimmy Paredes will start the 2016 season on the disabled list due to a wrist injury.  Paredes played in 104 games for the Orioles last year and he was 100 of 363 (.275 avg, .726 OPS) with 46 runs scored, 10 homers, 42 RBIs and 4 stolen bases.  He has now played in 249 games in his first five years in the majors and he is 204 of 793 (.257 avg, .662 OPS) with 89 runs scored, 15 homers, 81 RBIs and 19 stolen bases.  The Orioles have some issues in the outfield right now, so they hope Paredes won’t be out too long.

The Baltimore Orioles release Hideki Okajima

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Big Orioles News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Thursday 31 March 2016 at 6:41 pm

The Baltimore Orioles have released 40-year old lefty reliever Hideki Okajima.  Okajima pitched in 10 games (0 starts) last year for Yokohama in Japan and he was 0-2 with a 8.59 ERA and a 1.91 WHIP.  He last pitched in the show in 2013 for the Oakland A’s.  Okajima has pitched in 266 games (0 starts) in his six years in the show and he is 17-8 with 6 saves, a 3.09 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP.  He was an American League All-Star in 2007 for the Boston Red Sox and he finished 6th in the voting for the A.L. Rookie of the Year Award.  This is probably the last you will see of Okajima in the United States.

The Baltimore Orioles release Miguel Gonzalez

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Big Orioles News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Wednesday 30 March 2016 at 5:20 pm

The Baltimore Orioles have released 31-year old righty starting pitcher Miguel Gonzalez.  Gonzalez pitched in 5 games (all starts) in spring training for the Orioles and he is 1-4 with a 12.65 ERA and a 2.37 WHIP!  Gonzalez pitched in 26 games (all starts) for the Orioles last year and he was 9-12 with a 4.91 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP.  Gonzalez pitched in 101 games (95 starts) in his four years with the Orioles and he was 39-33 with a 3.82 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP.  Even though Gonzalez got beat up this spring, he has been a good pitcher for the Orioles.  I think they will miss him and he will hook on with another team in the near future.

The Baltimore Orioles deal Chris Jones to the Angels

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Big Orioles News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Trades by joelapinski on Tuesday 29 March 2016 at 7:45 pm

The Baltimore Orioles have dealt 27-year old lefty reliever/starter Chris Jones to the Los Angeles Angels for 20-year old lefty swinging outfielder Natanael Delgado and 22-year old switch-hitting 2B/SS Erick Salcedo.  Jones pitched in 30 games (22 starts) in AAA-ball for the Orioles last year and he was 8-8 with a 2.94 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP.  Delgado came into this season as the Angels’ #29 prospect according to Baseball America.  Delgado played in 108 games in A-ball for the Angels last year and he was 99 of 411 (.241 avg, .631 OPS) with 32 runs scored, 6 homers, 46 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  In his first three years in the minors, Delgado has played in 197 games in which he is 197 of 756 (.261 avg, .691 OPS) with 78 runs scored, 12 homers, 100 RBIs and 10 stolen bases.  Salcedo played in 95 games in A+AA+AAA-ball for the Angels last year and he was 65 of 280 (.232 avg, .535 OPS) with 38 runs scored, 0 homers, 16 RBIs and 12 stolen bases.  He has now played in 394 games in his first six years in the minors and he was 299 of 1,236 (.242 avg, .604 OPS) with 176 runs scored, 0 homers, 105 RBIs and 55 stolen bases.  The Orioles had just designated Jones earlier this week, and chances were that he wasn’t going to clear waivers.  So this deal was a good one for them as Delgado has shown some ability in the minors.

Kevin Gausman will start the 2016 season on the D.L. for the Baltimore Orioles

Blogged under Big Orioles News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Tuesday 29 March 2016 at 12:32 pm

25-year old righty starting pitcher Kevin Gausman will start the 2016 season on the disabled list for the Baltimore Orioles.  Gausman pitched in 25 games (17 starts) for the Orioles last year and he was 4-7 with a 4.25 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP.  Gausman has now pitched in 65 games (42 starts) in his first three years with the Orioles and he is 14-19 with a 4.21 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP.  The results have never caught up to the stuff that Gausman has.  The Orioles will use 26-year old righty Mike Wright when Gausman’s starts come up when he’s on the D.L.  Wright has pitched in 5 games (all starts) in spring training for the Orioles and he is 1-2 with a 5.74 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP.  Wright pitched in 12 games (9 starts) for the Orioles last year in his first taste of the majors and he was 3-5 with a 6.04 ERA and a 1.57 WHIP.  The Orioles hope that Wright will be better the second time around, as he also has really good stuff….just like Gausman.

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