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April 24, 2010

With Hughes up, expect Turner down

Nothing is official yet regarding the pending Rhyne Hughes move. Won’t be for a few hours.

But when the Orioles officially put the Triple-A slugger onto their roster, someone has to go.

Expect it to be infielder Justin Turner, who was hitless in nine at-bats for the Orioles in five games. Turner is a great kid and a hard worker and likely will be on the Kam Mickolio Memorial Plane from Norfolk whenever the Orioles need a guy to come up and fill a variety of roles on the offense. Turner played in two games for the Tides, going 2-for-8 before being recalled when Brian Roberts headed to the DL.

But he wasn’t playing much, and he’s not a shortstop, which has kept Julio Lugo in an Orioles uniform so far.

There were other candidates, including a host of relievers. But the Orioles need all the arms they can get now, I suppose.

The interesting thing in all of this is how much Hughes plays and whether it means a reduced role for starting first baseman Garrett Atkins, who had a rough day in the field and at the plate Friday.

We’ll ask those questions later.

Posted by Dan Connolly at 1:30 PM | | Comments (6)


Wrong move. Turner should be starting for us. Wiggy at First while he is hitting.

Maybe Turner will make Facebook entry to let us know he's been demoted. Why did it tke an extra day for the O's to figure out to bring Huhges up when they could have on the off day Thursday? But seriously bring this guy up as an offensive hero shows how bad everybody else is. This is the big move to help Trembley I guess.

Personally, I'd like to see them release Atkins. What a terrible signing.

Let's hope Lazy Lugo is not in an Orioles uniform much longer....what an awful display he put on in Seattle!

Glad to see Hughes up....let's go with Hughes/Snyder and trade Atkins to someone at trading deadline.

Maybe the O's need to put a few guys back to their primary position. ATkins may feel more comfortable at 3rd, Miggie at SS and Wigginton over at 1st, to keep him in the lineup. I think it's been shown that many players have trouble at the plate when transitioning to a new position.

It will be interesting to see if Hughes makes some starts at first base. How is his defense?

Having both Tejada and Atkins learning on the job creates too great a weakness. Our starting pitchers are doing well so far. Superlative defense will go a long way toward building confidence in the younger arms.

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A Baltimore native, Dan Connolly has been covering sports for 14 years, and baseball and the Orioles for 10 seasons, including the past six with The Sun. His first year covering baseball on a daily basis was Cal Ripken Jr.'s final season as a player. It's believed that is just a coincidence.

Steve Gould is an assistant sports editor for The Sun, overseeing Orioles coverage. The Columbia native joined The Sun as a sports copy editor in 2006 after graduating from the University of Maryland.

Peter Schmuck has been covering baseball for a lot longer than Steve Gould has been on this earth. He is now a general sports columnist, but has been a beat writer covering three major league teams (the Dodgers, Angels and Orioles) and also spent a decade as the Sun's national baseball writer. If you want more of his insight on the Orioles and other sports issues, check out his personal blog -- The Schmuck Stops Here.

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