Samuel, Shelby meet with Jones, Britton getting closer, Wiggy switches agents
Orioles interim manager Juan Samuel and third base and outfield coach John Shelby spoke with Adam Jones today about his defense after the Oakland Athletics twice had baserunners go first and third on the center fielder last night.
"That’s some of the conversation that we had with Jonesy today," Samuel said. "We’re trying to get him to charge the ball and not assume that guys are not going to take the extra-base on him. We’re trying to have him get behind flyballs and not assume that guys aren’t going to tag up. We also made him aware that, ‘Hey, we can go into a slump at home plate, but we cannot afford to go in a slump on defense.’"
Samuel also asked Jones to play a little deeper in center field to cut down on the number of extra-base hits going over his head. Jones was on the field about four hours before tonight's scheduled first pitch working with both Samuel and Shelby.
Pitching coach Rick Kranitz acknowledged that pitching prospect Zach Britton, who pitched six shutout innings in his Triple-A debut last night, has got the attention of key decision makers.
Asked if Britton is close to a promotion, Kranitz said, "I would think so. It seems like he’s right on target. I would assume that he’s got to be close. He’s dominated his league so you need to look at him."
Felix Pie had some leg tightness during his rehab game for Double-A Bowie last night, but it isn't serious and he's expected to play for the Baysox again tonight.
Jim Johnson (slight tear in right elbow) will throw a bullpen session tomorrow after being shutdown for a couple of days with elbow discomfort.
Rookie Josh Bell is in the lineup again tonight, this time at designated hitter. Tim Wakefield is starting for Boston and in case you're wondering, Bell has faced a knuckleballer before. He faced Wakefield in spring training and R.A. Dickey in the minors this year.
Infielder Ty Wigginton has left agent Dan Lozano and hired the New York-based Levinson Brothers to represent him.