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October 16, 2010

Townsend to miss some time; Loewen goes deep off Oriole

Orioles infield prospect Tyler Townsend could miss up to a week after hurting his hand while playing for the Scottsdale Scorpions in the Arizona Fall League.

Townsend, a member of the Scorpions' taxi squad, has played in just one game in the AFL, going 1-for-4 with two RBIs.

The Orioles' third-round pick in 2009 out of Florida International University hit .325 with six homers and 45 RBIs in 52 games at three different affiliates this season.

Several Orioles, including Xavier Avery and Ryan Adams, have the day off in the AFL today. Infielder Greg Miclat did play and went 1-for-4 against the Peo Javelinas.

Wynn Pelzer, who the Orioles obtained from the San Diego Padres for Miguel Tejada, pitched one inning and allowed a solo homer to Adam Loewen, who continues his transformation from a pitcher to an outfielder.

Posted by Jeff Zrebiec at 6:09 PM | | Comments (2)


Any idea where the other Orioles who were planning to play winter ball (mentioned a month or so ago) will be playing?

Jeff Z's reply: Not sure who you mean Don. Joe Mahoney is going to play in Venezuela. Jake Fox in Dominican Republic. Several young Orioles, including Mychal Givens, will be playing in Australia.

Jeff, isn't Adam Loewen a little old to be playing in a rookie league?

Jeff Z's reply: He is a little old for the AFL, but iI guess you have to take in account that he's only been a professional hitter for about 2 1/2 years now.

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