The Baltimore Orioles activate J.J. Hardy off the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Big Orioles News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Saturday 18 June 2016 at 5:26 pm

The Baltimore Orioles have activated 33-year old righty swinging SS J.J. Hardy from the 15-day disabled list.  Hardy has played in 22 games for the O’s so far this year and he is 19 of 78 (.244 avg, .701 OPS) with 11 runs scored, 2 homers and 8 RBIs.  Hardy played in 3 games in AA-ball on his rehab assignment and he was 4 for 11 (.364 avg, .780 OPS) with 1 run scored.  Getting Hardy back will shift Manny Machado back to 3B.  To make room on the active roster for Hardy, the Orioles have sent 27-year old lefty reliever T.J. McFarland back to AAA.  McFarland has pitched in 13 games (0 starts) for the Orioles so far this year and he is 1-2 with a 5.14 ERA and a 1.52 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 118 games (2 starts) in his first four years with the Orioles and he is 11-7 with a 4.02 ERA and a 1.52 WHIP.  McFarland will probably work his way back to Baltimore later this year.

The Baltimore Orioles bump Ubaldo Jimenez from the rotation

Blogged under Big Orioles News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Pitching BP,The Minors by joelapinski on Tuesday 14 June 2016 at 6:15 pm

The Baltimore Orioles have bumped righty Ubaldo Jimenez to the bullpen.  He has pitched in 13 games (all starts) for the Orioles so far this year and he is 3-7 with a 6.89 ERA and a 1.98 WHIP.  The Orioles will activate righty Yovani Gallardo to replace Jimenez in the rotation starting on Saturday.  Gallardo pitched in 4 games (all starts) for the Orioles earlier this year and he was 1-1 with a 7.00 ERA and a 1.67 WHIP.  He pitched in 3 games (all starts) in A+AAA-ball on his rehab assignment and he was 1-0 with a 4.85 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP.  Gallardo can’t possibly be any worse than Jimenez has been so far this year.

Manny Machado of the Baltimore Orioles gets suspended for four games

Blogged under Big Orioles News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Thursday 9 June 2016 at 3:07 pm

23-year old righty swinging SS/3B Manny Machado of the Baltimore Orioles has been suspended for four games due to his role in the bench clearing brawl with the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday Night.  Machado has played in 58 games with the Orioles so far this year and he is 70 for 231 (.303 avg, .968 OPS) with 41 runs scored, 15 homers and 37 RBIs.  Machado has now played in 509 games in his first five years with the Orioles and he is 581 of 2,049 (.284 avg, .808 OPS) with 293 runs scored, 83 homers, 252 RBIs and 30 stolen bases.  Machado is appealing the suspension, so he is in the lineup for the Orioles tonight.  They are going to miss him while he is out of action.

UPDATE:  (6/18/2016) – Manny Machado has dropped his appeal and he will start serving his suspension tomorrow.

The Baltimore Orioles place Caleb Joseph on the D.L.

Blogged under Big Orioles News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries,The Minors by joelapinski on Tuesday 31 May 2016 at 11:56 am

The Baltimore Orioles have placed 29-year old righty swinging catcher Caleb Joseph on the 15-day disabled list due to a groin injury.  Joseph has played in 23 games for the O’s so far this year and he is 12 of 66 (.182 avg, .452 OPS) with 5 runs scored, 0 homers and 0 RBIs.  The Orioles have called up 26-year old righty starting catcher Francisco Pena to replace Joseph on the active roster.  Pena has played in 24 games in AAA-ball for the Orioles so far this year and he is 16 of 80 (.200 avg, .491 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 0 homers and 6 RBIs.  Pena has played in 9 games in his first two years in the show and he is 1 for 7 (.143 avg, .286 OPS).

The Baltimore Orioles acquire two young pitchers from the Braves

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Big Orioles News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Trades by joelapinski on Monday 23 May 2016 at 10:23 pm

The Baltimore Orioles have acquired 23-year old righty starting pitcher Brandon Barker and 23-year old lefty reliever Trevor Belicek from the Atlanta Braves for 29-year old lefty reliever Brian Matusz and the #76 overall pick in the 2016 Amateur Draft.  Barker pitched in 9 games (8 starts) in AA-ball for the Braves so far this year and he was 3-2 with a 2.00 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP.  He gave up 35 hits and 12 walks while whiffing 40 batters in his first 45 innings this year.  Barker has now pitched in 50 games (40 starts) in his first three years in the minors and he is 20-14 with a 3.08 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP.  Belicek pitched in 12 games (0 starts) in A+AA-ball for the Braves this year and he was 3-0 with a 2.22 ERA and a 0.81 WHIP.  He has given up 22 hits and 1 walk while whiffing 32 batters in his 28 1/3 innings in the minors for the Braves this year.  Belicek has now pitched in 26 games (9 starts) in his first two years in the minors and he is 8-0 with a 2.43 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP.  Matusz was pretty awful for the Orioles this year.  He pitched in 7 games (0 starts) for the Orioles this year and he was 0-0 with a 12.00 ERA and a 3.00 WHIP.  He gave up 11 hits (3 homers) and 7 walks while whiffing 1 batter in only 6 innings pitched for the Orioles this year!  Matusz pitched in 279 games (68 starts) in his 8 years with the Orioles and he was 27-41 with a 4.85 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP.  The Orioles got a couple of decent prospects for a draft pick and they saved Matusz’ salary as the Braves picked up the rest of it.  I like this deal for the Orioles.

The Baltimore Orioles place Jimmy Paredes on waivers

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Big Orioles News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Sunday 15 May 2016 at 8:29 pm

The Baltimore Orioles have placed 27-year old switch-hitting outfielder Jimmy Paredes on waivers.  His rehab assignment is over and the Orioles have chosen not to call him up.  He played in 18 games in A+AA+AAA-ball on his rehab assignment and he was 20 for 65 (.308 avg, .847 OPS) with 11 runs scored, 2 homers, 9 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  In his two years with the Orioles, Paredes has played in 122 games in which he is 116 of 416 (.279 avg, .738 OPS) with 55 runs scored, 12 homers, 50 RBIs and 6 stolen bases.  If Paredes clears waivers (and he might not), he can reject an outright assignment to the minors and become a free agent.

UPDATE:  (5/16/2016) – The Orioles have lost Jimmy Paredes on waivers to the A.L. East rival Toronto Blue Jays.

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.

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