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August 20, 2010

Info on Reimold, Berken, Lugo

Here are some of the things we’ve gleaned from today’s pre-game interviews at Camden Yards.

Former Orioles starting left fielder Nolan Reimold is hitting .357 with a .519 on-base percentage and .554 slugging percentage in his first 17 August games at Triple-A Norfolk. And manager Buck Showalter is plenty aware of Reimold’s recent run.

“I can’t say I know him well,” Showalter said. “Listening to some (people) and trying to keep a clear mind about some other things, I do know he is playing well there, consistently and not for the first time this year.”

Reimold was demoted in May after hitting just .205 with a .302 on-base percentage and .337 slugging percentage in 29 games (96 at-bats) with the Orioles. He was attempting to come back from Achilles surgery last year and twice left Norfolk this season for personal reasons.

“I think there have been some issues other than just playing the game itself that challenges all players. You are up here and you are the so-called flavor of the month and everybody is extolling your virtues and then you have some challenges in the game, and it all affects young players on and off the field,” Showalter said. “And I am aware of some of the challenges he has faced and looks like he is starting to turn the corner and get that behind him.”

Showalter wouldn’t go as far as to say that Reimold definitely will get a September call-up, but it would be an absolute shock if the 26-year-old wasn’t back in the majors in the next two weeks

“We all love his potential and what he can bring,” Showalter said. “Hopefully he is at that stage of his career that he is ready to bring it again. He is definitely real strong on the radar.”

Right-hander Jason Berken will go to New York next week and get a second opinion on the partial labrum tear and rotator cuff fraying in his right shoulder. He’ll meet with New York Mets team physician Dr. David Altchek at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday.

Julio Lugo is batting second and starting in left field tonight against tough Texas lefty C.J. Wilson. Lugo has played 18 games in his 11-season career in the outfield, 11 of those in left. He has started just twice in left field in his career, once in 2006 with the Los Angeles Dodgers and once 2001 with the Houston Astros. T

The last time Lugo has played left field was for one inning with the Boston Red Sox in 2008. But, to get his right-handed bat into the lineup, against Wilson, Showalter went with the unconventional move.

“I talked to him a little bit today about it, too,” Showalter said of Lugo. “At least it gets him in the lineup. He’ll play anywhere, but it’s not something that’s foreign to him. He’s a good athlete.”

His other alternatives were left-handed hitters Corey Patterson, Luke Scott and Felix Pie, who are all on the bench Friday and right-handed hitting Jake Fox, who is the starting designated hitter.

Opposing lefties have a .106 average against Wilson, lowest in the majors. He has a chance to have the second lowest average versus lefties for someone with 20 starts or more in a season since 1974 – Randy Johnson had a .103 average versus lefties for Arizona in 1999.

“I’m trying to give a couple guys a day here and there, and (it’s against) C.J. Wilson, who obviously I know, is pretty tough on left-handers,” Showalter said. “Some of these guys you’ve got to be careful because you’re actually doing them a favor sometimes, taking the left-handers out. With (Wilson), he’s pretty good against both of them to be honest with you. He’s impressive.”

Posted by Dan Connolly at 5:23 PM | | Comments (3)


Pie and Patterson are redundant players but i would pick Paterson over Pie any day. I'm surprised Buck doesn't unless he's geting orders from the FO to play Pie. We need a RH hiting OF and I can't figure out why this org. seems to love Pie and hates Reimold.

I am very glad maybe reimold is getting healthy and mentally strong again, we could sure use him he has some power and at times we could use that righty bat.. With the injury to pie last spring we really missed him but there is no doubt he was not healthy enough to play at any level early this year..

I don't think the organization hates reimold but he was terrible when he played this year and was terrible in Norfolk until recently. Pie starting playing relatively good pretty quickly. Personally, I want to see Nolan succeed in a huge way. I don't see him as a viable option in the outfield because we all know he is lacking there but his bat is expected to be the O's lineup for the future unless he is starting to be a trading chip for someone bigger and better. I would totally rather have Pie than Patterson at this point in their careers and that's really just age. Go O's!!

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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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