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August 31, 2010

Reimold, Snyder and Andino to be called up Wednesday

The Orioles will recall three position players from Triple-A Norfolk on Wednesday when rosters expand.

Outfielder Nolan Reimold, first baseman Brandon Snyder and middle infielder Robert Andino will be promoted in Wednesday’s first wave of call-ups.

At some point after Wednesday, the club is also expected to promote a few pitchers from the Tides: Right-hander Chris Tillman, who starts Wednesday night, is the most obvious candidate. There also likely will be at least one reliever promoted – with former Orioles Kam Mickolio and Dennis Sarfate as possibilities.

Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail said this weekend that the club likely would promote roughly 6 to 7 players this September. That could, he said, include a player or two from Double-A Bowie.

Reimold, 26, was the club’s starting left fielder before struggling mightily to start the season. He was sent to Norfolk, where he has hit .251 with 10 homers and 37 RBIs in his first 93 Triple-A games. He has turned it around recently, however, batting .326 in 27 August games.

Snyder, 23, will be making his major-league debut when he gets into a game with the Orioles. The Orioles first-round pick (13th overall) in 2005, Snyder hit .253 with eight homers and 41 RBIs in 97 games with the Tides.

Andino, 26, spent the entire season with the Orioles last year as the club’s utility infielder. But he was taken off the 40-man roster in March when the club acquired Julio Lugo. Andino has hit 13 hrs and drove in 76 RBIs in 131 games with Norfolk.

The club will have to make room on the 40-man roster for Andino. Snyder and Reimold are already on the 40-man.

The Orioles would not confirm specifics of the call-ups, but it is expected that left-handed pitching prospect Zach Britton would not be promoted this season, though that still could change.

Posted by Dan Connolly at 5:19 PM | | Comments (8)


What about Matt Angle? I know he's not on the 40 man roster, but we could really use his speed and defense. That and I don't think he'll benefit from any more minor league time. I'd like to see how he does in a fourth outfielder role. If nothing else, use him as a pinch runner.

Angle was just brought up to AAA this year- I think he still needs time in the minors.

I don't think Synder's 2010 performance justifies a call-up.

In your poll, Wiggington is now leading as the player to be resigned for next season. With the o'S set to bring up 6/7 soon, now is the time to clear the Major League 40 man roster and I think Wiggy would bring the most of McPhail's coveted minor leaguers. That MIGHT allow him to put together a trade for a power hitter, throwing in a regular plus several minor leaguers between now and Feb. 1st.
Given Jones' propensity to swing at outside curves, especially w/ 2 strikes, do you think that the O's would be better with him gone, Pie in left/center and a power hitter in center/left as the case may be? No doubt Pie has the better long ball future vs Jones and he seems to be playing well in center, speed, jump and strong arm, Also is making better, and quicker decisions.

Ah, how about Sarfate? He is more then deserving of both a 40 man spot & a call up.

can someone please explain to me why everyone wants to trade jones and start pie in center? jeez, give the guy a break.

I can recall a time, not even year and a half ago, where everyone on this site was calling Pie just another failed Cubs prospect and a terrible move by Macphail. Those same people thought his defense was awful, and that Lou Montanez was a better option. Now, people are saying they want him in center and adam jones gone. I'll admit I was skeptical of him his first few months last year in Baltimore, but there's a reason he was rated much more highly than Reimold and Montanez and towards the end of last year and this year he has really shown why. I hope he stays healthy next year. He could be primed for a big breakout.

And Lou Montanez, who not too long ago was looked upon as a high level prospect in left field and then fell prey to various and sundry injuries . . . what of him, why wasn't he called up? He hardly played anywhere this year. I hope Lou gets a chance . . . in another organization.

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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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