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May 25, 2010

Castillo, Mata on way; Reimold inactive

I'm told that Triple-A Norfolk left-hander Alberto Castillo and right-hander Frank Mata will join the club later today as the two roster moves to take the spots of Koji Uehara and Alfredo Simon, who are both headed to the disabled list.

Castillo is 0-0 with a 3.38 ERA in eight games for the Tides, and 1-0 with a 12.79 ERA in nine games with the Orioles. This will be his third stint with the Orioles this season. Castillo could become the main situational lefty if the club decides to use Will Ohman as the closer.

Mata, 26, is 2-1 with a 1.86 ERA and eight saves for Norfolk. Signed in November as a minor league free agent, Mata has never pitched in the big leagues. The Orioles will need to open up a 40-man roster spot for him.

One of the two pitchers summoned to the big leagues today will be the likely candidate to return to the minors on Saturday if the Orioles decide to move David Hernandez to the bullpen and bring up Chris Tillman or Jake Arrieta to take his place in the rotation.

Arrieta is scheduled to pitch in a couple of hours for Norfolk, so unless he is scratched or removed after one or two innings, you can probably take him out of the equation for Saturday's start with the Orioles. There is no way the club would ask him to make his big league debut on three days' rest.

In other news, Triple-A Norfolk outfielder Nolan Reimold will be away from the team for a couple of days after the birth of his first child, a baby girl.

Posted by Jeff Zrebiec at 9:51 AM | | Comments (14)


the ORIOLES needto make changes and fill the seats and have players play their hearts out -Icannot go to work go through the motions ,Iwont be their and they make a great deal more than 7.00 dollars a hour.

It is time to consider Hernandez AND Bergesen for the bullpen and bring up Arrieta & Tillman to start.

its time to change coahes -manager--find out bout pitchers -players --make trades - send 4-5 young players to get 1-2 players send 4 players from va,. to 3-4 teams bring in players that want to WIN.,

Management has to be smart and not panic and start trading away everybody.

The season is over for the Orioles. Lets take a look at where to invest and where to divest position by position.

Lets start seeing who can play where. Bring up some kids and see how they handle themselves.

Start looking for fresh management....GM, manager, coaches.

Angelos needs help...he obviously has no idea what the hell he is doing and doesn't have a plan on how to turn this organization around.

It is getting worse....not better.

It is not a sign of weakness to ask for help.......but it is a sign of stupidity and arrogance to continue down the same path and expect things to get better.

Castillo is not very good. I am not impressed by this roster move.

other than tilman and arrieta who do you suggest bringing up because there is nobody that i see worthy

We need better players. We need them now. Not to become competitive, but simply to be able to field a genuine major league team. Baltimore deserves a major league team.

Regrettably, the Orioles have put themselves in a position of weakness. Other organizations will want to take advantage of the desperation coming from the warehouse.That's what general managers get paid to do. Professional sports in a zero-sum game.

Any moves the Orioles make at this point in the season will be painful and costly. Now this is NOT an argument for maintaining the status quo. The Orioles must make some changes, if only to show some respect for their dwindling an base. The organization needs to buy a predictable and productive bat to insert in the middle of the line-up. Ideally someone younger than 30 who is sign-able when his contract winds down. And we need a major league first baseman. They may or may not be the same person. We badly need offensive production and have to be prepared to pay for it.

No one wants to see panic, but because Andy McPhail doubled down on his young prospects and stayed out of the market for high priced bats in the off-season, it is likely to take a "desperate" trade to bring in the offensive talent needed to make the O's watchable for the remainder of the season.

I for one will settle for .500 ball from here to the rest of the season. Anything is better than a 110 loss season. It's agony. Andy, bite the bullet and do what is necessary to defend the honor of Baltimore sports. BUY SOME TALENT.

Great timing for Reimold. Isn't he supposed to have a bobblehead giveaway Wednesday night?

Congratulations, Nolan!

PLEASE..DO NOT bring back useless Castillo. What good is a lefthander if he cannot get anyone out??? He has had many chances. Does he have something on DT or AM?

Jeff- is moving Hernandez to the pen something they are actually talking about or is it something you just think should happen? For the record, I agree that Hernandez should get moved to the pen because he arguably pitched his best game of the year against the Nats and could only make it though 5 and a third.

As far as the comment above that Bergesen should be moved to the pen, remember that he had 3 pretty good starts before losing to the Nats. Also, I dont think, even in his good starts, he has gotten back to where he was last year, which was nothing short of phenomenal with a sub-3.50 ERA in the AL East. Not to mention he was a rookie. Give him time before you think about sending him to the pen. As good as Tillman (who I believe is still mastering a new pitch) and Arrieta (21 and no ML experience) have been there's no reason to rush them here when even if they pitch well they will lose anyways.

Jeff Z's reply: It's absolutely an option they are discussing, and I think it happens. But as I said, it's not a formality.

Please birds do us a big favor and get rid of Trembley, what a complete waste of a manager he is.

Fire the manager? Not gonna help.... Let's look at the organization.... Norfolk Tides are 21 and 26 (.447). Bowie Baysox 22 and 22 (.500). Frederick Keys 26 and 19 (.578). Delmarva Shorebirds 20 and 25 (.444). Aberdeen Ironbirds 30 and 44 (.405). Bluefield Orioles 33 and 35 (.485). GCL Orioles 30 and 26 (.536). What this shows me, aside from the Keys and the GCL Orioles, is that this is a very talent poor organization so there really isn't a batch of good young players coming up that I can see. Our best players are already here and the only fix I can see in the near future is to open the wallets up and pay for some established players.... I get so tired of losing...

Congratulations, Nolan! Hope wife and baby are doing well.

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