Trembley unloads: He has no closer; Hughes playing; Roberts not cleared
Orioles manager Dave Trembley’s media session was chock full of tidbts today. We’ll have an in-depth notebook later, but here are some of the main highlights:
* The biggest news, perhaps: Trembley said that right now he has no closer, that he is going to go with whoever can get outs, and that he is hoping someone seizes the job. That would include Jim Johnson, one would presume.
* Alfredo Simon, called up Tuesday, could be in that closer's mix, and Trembley wouldn’t discount Alberto Castillo, who has been very good since he came up. In fact, he wouldn’t discount anybody.
* Rhyne Hughes, who has had two hits in each of his two big leagues games, is starting at first base again Tuesday. That means Garrett Atkins is out for the third consecutive game. Trembley said he talked to Atkins and gave it to him straight: So long as Hughes keeps hitting, Hughes will keep playing, which means Atkins will keep sitting. Atkins, however, will likely play Wednesday against left-hander CC Sabathia. Trembley wouldn’t call the arrangement a platoon. I know because I asked the question directly.
* Brian Roberts saw Dr. Lee Riley on Monday and still has not been cleared for baseball activities. We hope to talk to Roberts later today, but you have to think he is still two weeks and counting away from a return. Also Michael Gonzalez isn’t on a throwing program, so there is no real timetable there.
* When asked why Kam Mickolio received the demotion when there were other candidates in the struggling bullpen, Trembley said the club has a lot of faith in Mickolio’s future and they want him to get straightened out and he couldn’t do that while pitching infrequently in the majors.
OK, that’s it for now. Lots of stuff to ponder, though