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.