The Baltimore Orioles DFA Chaz Roe

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Big Orioles News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Friday 29 July 2016 at 7:03 pm

The Baltimore Orioles have designated 29-year old righty reliever Chaz Roe for assignment.  Roe pitched in 9 games (0 starts) for the Orioles this year and he was 1-0 with a 3.72 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP.  Roe pitched in 45 games (0 starts) in his two years with the Orioles and he was 5-2 with a 4.06 ERA and a 1.49 WHIP.  The Orioles needed Roe’s roster spot to make room on the roster for Logan Ondrusek.

The Baltimore Orioles sign Logan Ondrusek

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Big Orioles News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Friday 29 July 2016 at 6:59 pm

The Baltimore Orioles have signed 31-year old righty reliever Logan Odrusek to a 1-year deal.  He pitched in 30 games (0 starts) for Yakult in Japan this year and he was 3-1 with 11 saves, a 2.45 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP.  Ondrusek last pitched in the show back in 2014 for the Reds.  He has pitched in 281 games (0 starts) in his first five years in the show and he is 21-11 with 2 saves, a 3.89 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP.  Ondrusek will work in middle relief for the Orioles.

The Baltimore Orioles DFA Julio Borbon

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Tuesday 26 July 2016 at 8:07 pm

The Baltimore Orioles have designated 30-year old lefty swinging outfielder Julio Borbon for assignment.  Borbon played in 5 games for the Orioles this year and he was 2 for 9 (.222 avg, .444 OPS) with 1 run scored.  He has now played in 293 games in his first five years in the show and he is 217 of 798 (.272 avg, .663 OPS) with 112 runs scored, 8 homers, 76 RBIs and 47 stolen bases.  The Orioles needed Borbon’s roster spot to activate 28-year old lefty swinging outfielder Hyun Soo Kim.  Kim has played in 46 games for the Orioles so far this year and he is 50 for 152 (.329 avg, .864 OPS) with 18 runs scored, 3 homers, 11 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  Kim has been a pleasant surprise for the Orioles this year, as he was pretty awful in spring training for them.

UPDATE:  (7/29/2016) – The Orioles have outrighted Julio Borbon to AAA.

Yovani Gallardo continues to struggle for the Baltimore Orioles

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Pitching BP by joelapinski on Tuesday 26 July 2016 at 3:21 pm

30-year old righty starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo continues to get lit up for the Baltimore Orioles.  Gallardo has pitched in 12 games (all starts) so far this year for the Orioles and he is 3-2 with a 5.37 ERA and a 1.63 WHIP.  He has given up 68 hits (8 homers) and 33 walks while whiffing 43 batters in his first 62 innings this year.  Since coming off the D.L., Gallardo has pitched in 8 games (all starts) for the Orioles in which he is 2-1 with a 4.70 ERA and a 1.61 WHIP.  The Orioles should have passed on signing Gallardo last winter, as they were wary of his right shoulder, which has been a problem all year long.  He has a problem getting his fastball up to 88 mph so far this year.  But, they are on the hook for 2 years and $22 million bucks for Gallardo.  They should just pray for the best.

The Baltimore Orioles sign Tom Gorzelanny

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Tuesday 26 July 2016 at 6:27 am

The Baltimore Orioles have signed 34-year old lefty reliever Tom Gorzelanny to a minor league deal.  He pitched in 7 games (0 starts) earlier this year for the Indians and he was 1-0 with a 21.00 ERA and a 3.00 WHIP.  He gave up 4 hits (1 homer) and 5 walks while whiffing 4 batters in his three innings with the Indians this year.  Gorzelanny has now pitched in 314 games (121 starts) in his first 12 years in the show and he is 50-53 with 2 saves, a 4.40 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP.  This was a depth signing and little more for the Orioles.

Dick Hall was a darn good pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Sunday 24 July 2016 at 9:35 pm

Righty reliever Dick Hall was a darn good pitcher back in the day for the Baltimore Orioles.  Hall pitched in 342 games (0 starts) in his 9 years with the Orioles and he was 65-40 with 60 saves, a 2.89 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP.  Hall gave up 648 hits and 126 walks while whiffing 499 batters in his 770 innings pitched for the Orioles.  Hall also pitched in 5 games (0 starts) in the playoffs with the Orioles and he was 2-1 with 2 saves, a 0.00 ERA and a 0.46 WHIP.  He pitched in the 1970 World Series, in which the Orioles defeated the Cincinnati Reds.  Hall’s best year came for the Orioles back in 1964.  Hall pitched in 45 games (0 starts) for the Orioles in 1964 and he was 9-1 with 9 saves, a 1.85 ERA and a 0.84 WHIP.  He gave up 58 hits and 16 walks while whiffing 52 batters in his 87 2/3 innings for the Orioles in 1964!  Hall is currently still the Orioles’ all-time leader in WHIP with a 1.01 mark!  He is also #14 in ERA (2.89), #26 in wins (65), #11 in games pitched (342), #9 in saves (60), #46 in innings pitched (770) and #33 in strikeouts (499) in Orioles’ history!

The Baltimore Orioles lose Joey Rickard for a while

Blogged under Big Orioles News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Friday 22 July 2016 at 4:36 pm

The Baltimore Orioles have placed 25-year old righty swinging outfielder Joey Rickard on the 15-day disabled list due to a right thumb injury.  He will miss the next 4-6 weeks.  He has played in 85 games for the Orioles so far this year and he is 69 of 257 (.268 avg, .696 OPS) with 32 runs scored, 5 homers, 19 RBIs and 4 stolen bases.  Since June 1st, Rickard has played in 36 games for the Orioles in which he is 25 of 80 (.313 avg) with 10 runs scored, 1 homer, 8 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  Rickard’s injury has the Orioles looking for help in the outfield with the trade deadline coming up at the at of this week.

The Baltimore Orioles lose Hunter Harvey for the rest of the 2016 and beyond

Blogged under Big Orioles News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries,The Minors by joelapinski on Thursday 21 July 2016 at 2:46 pm

21-year old righty starting pitcher Hunter Harvey came into this season as the Baltimore Orioles‘ #2 prospect according to Baseball America.  But he needs Tommy John surgery that will knock him out for the rest of the 2016 season and most of the 2017 season.  Harvey has pitched in 5 games (all starts) in Rookie+A-ball for the Orioles this year and he was 0-1 with a 2.13 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP.  He gave up 12 hits and 6 walks while whiffing 18 batters in his 12 2/3 innings in the minors this year.  Harvey has now pitched in 30 games (all starts) in his first three years in the minors and he is 7-7 with a 2.79 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP.

The Baltimore Orioles place Hyun Soo Kim on the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries,The Minors by joelapinski on Tuesday 19 July 2016 at 6:53 pm

The Baltimore Orioles have placed 28-year old lefty swinging outfielder Hyun Soo Kim on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 11th, due to a strained hamstring.  Kim has played in 46 games for the Orioles so far this year and he is 50 for 152 (.329 avg, .864 OPS) with 18 runs scored, 3 homers, 11 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  The Orioles have called up 30-year old lefty swinging outfielder Julio Borbon to replace Kim on the active roster.  Borbon has played in 83 games in AA-ball for the Orioles so far this year and he is 90 for 311 (.289 avg, .726 OPS) with 48 runs scored, 5 homers, 20 RBIs and 20 stolen bases.  He last played in the show back in 2013 with the Rangers and Cubs.  He has played in 288 games in his first four years in the show and he is 215 of 789 (.272 avg, .666 OPS) with 111 runs scored, 8 homers, 76 RBIs and 47 stolen bases.

The Baltimore Orioles DFA Henry Urrutia

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Tuesday 19 July 2016 at 6:42 pm

The Baltimore Orioles have designated 29-year old lefty swinging outfielder Henry Urrutia for assignment.  Urrutia played in 80 games in AA+AAA-ball for the Orioles this year and he was 82 of 293 (.280 avg, .711 OPS) with 36 runs scored, 3 homers, 34 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  He played in 34 games in his two years with the Orioles and he was 25 of 92 (.272 avg, .624 OPS) with 8 runs scored, 1 homer and 8 RBIs.  Urrutia should have an easy time finding a new team.

UPDATE:  (7/28/2016) – Urrutia has cleared waivers and he has been outrighted to AAA by the Orioles.

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