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May 19, 2011

Adams, Reimold to replace Jakubauskas, Patton

The Orioles continued to shake-up their roster as they demoted pitchers Troy Patton and Chris Jakubauskas, who were just recalled earlier in the day and combined to pitch the final 5 2/3 innings tonight, and summoned outfielder Nolan Reimold and second baseman Ryan Adams from Triple-A Norfolk to take their place.

Both players will be available for Friday's start of the Washington Nationals series. The moves will leave the Orioles with a seven-man bullpen and a four-man bench.

Reimold is hitting .237 with six homers and 22 RBIs in 39 games for the Tides. He has played in 143 games over the previous two seasons with the Orioles, batting .262 with 18 homers and 59 RBIs. With Luke Scott expected to play some first base with Derrek Lee on the disabled list, Reimold could platoon with Felix Pie in left field.

Adams, a 24-year-old second baseman, was hitting .303 with two homers and eight RBIs in 38 games for Norfolk. He still has yet to make his Major League debut. With Brian Roberts and Cesar Izturis on the disabled list, the Orioles were down to just two middle infielders before Adams’ promotion..

Adams is not on the 40-man roster, but the Orioles currently have one open vacancy on it. Alfredo Simon will also have to be added on Sunday, but there are options to create a spot, including moving Izturis to the 60-day DL.

Posted by Jeff Zrebiec at 11:37 PM | | Comments (10)


I have always felt that Nolan will surface as a BJ Suroff type of talent. Well, here is his chance. You have to think that Buck will work everybody into the lineup. Need to rattle the bats!

Awesome, let's give this lineup a boost with two new (one not so new) guys.

1. Adams 2B
2. Jones CF
3. Markakis RF
4. Guerrero DH
5. Reynolds 3B
6. Scott 1B
7. Reimold LF
8. Wieters C
9. Hardy SS

I still believe Reynolds has t be closer to the middle of the lineup not only for more protection but it's just a little more of a mental game for him. He hits so much better with runners on and in scoring position and most of his whole time in Arizona he was in that 3-5 spot. Give it a try at least, because the other way is not producing a whole lot of offense.

Does that mean they can no longer send Reimold down without exposing him to waivers?

Jeff Z's reply: No. You don't use up more than one option in a season. The Orioles used it up with Reimold when they optioned him to Triple-A near the end of spring training. They can option him as many times as they want now through the rest of the season.

good move but why not send down Beanball Gonzo and keep Patton.

Jeff Z's reply: Because of his contract status, Gonzalez would have to approve a minor league demotion. I don't see that happening.

Bronx, I totally agree with you.

Reynolds was a middle of the order guy in AZ, he had some protection, and he got some fast balls. He batted 4-5-6 in 120+ games with them last year.

But with Andino or Izzy behind him, he got a steady diet of breaking stuff and stuff on the outside half. If he can reach the outside pitch, he has shown he can drive the ball the other way, like he did in Chicago. But, too often, they throw the ball too far outside, or just enough inside that he can't get it. He gets antsy and misses it. I also think he's worrying about his strikeouts way too much. He's not hacking away, and he's chasing non strikes, When you are a player of Reynolds' type, that's a dangerous combination.

He justs needs to get back to what he does best, devour fastballs, and to get him some fastballs, put him in front of Jones or Wieters. Those guys are better all around hitters but without reynolds pure power, and they can handle better pitcher's pitches.

Put him fifth and leave him there, with Scotty or one of the other guys behind him.

Great chance for them.. I am especially glad for ADAMS, I am really looking forward to see if he is as ready as he looked in spring training.. Although I hope and pray I am wrong maybe worst possible thing to happen to REIMOLD, his hitting was tailing off big time the end of spring training, making bucks choice to send him down easier,, but instead of responding with a big year and forcing the orioles to bring him back he was hitting poorly and striking out a bunch.. I truly hope I am wrong not expecting much out of him this time...

Statistical analysis has shown the protection concept to be a myth. On another note, what has happened to Kipp Schutz and Jonathan Schoop? Neither were in the lineup yesterday and Schutz has not played all week. I'd love to learn more about these guys, especially Schutz. He's never been mentioned as a prospect as far as I can recall but is really hitting well at Delmarva.

I would like to see the lineup get mixed up alitle, since we are losing, getting fresh bodies, and in last place...
Reimold-lf, Adams-2b

I'm happy to see Reimold back (now I can wear my Reimold giveaway day tshirt again!) and I think because he has experienced some success in the big leagues you will see better numbers than what he put up in AAA. He knows what it takes to get the job done up here, let's just hope he can do it. He also was a decent base stealer when he was up previously which would be a nice addition as it seems the O's are finally starting to take some initiative on the basepaths in recent games.

If Adams starts a game while up here I'm not so sure he should be leading off, though the O's may not have a choice. He looks like he could be a decent #9 guy, but based on his minor league stats, he hits for decent average, little power to speak of, his strikeout to walk ratio is pretty high and he doesn't seem like he has much speed. I think people need to temper their expectations on this guy a bit. He seems more like the only available option rather than the savior at second base.

Speaking of which, it is VERY alarming looking at the minor league team stats to see how poor the strikeout to walk ratios are for most players. Hasn't this organization learned how important it is to be patient at the plate while watching Boston and New York dominate the division in this way for years now? I'm starting to think the problem may lie not with the scouting and drafting and the culture of losing, but with the instruction these players are receiving in the minors.

And finally, I would have loved to have seen the O's keep Patton up and see what he can do, and get rid of Gonzalez. I'm never a fan of rash decisions, but I think Gonzalez has put in a good enough body of work this season to show he has lost it. And with only 2 lefty arms in the pen, what is the use of hanging on to one of them when he will (hopefully) only be used for mop up duty from here on out?

Pie is a much better outfieder than Riemold and adds speed to an otherwise slow lineup. We were 34 and 23 last year after Buck arrived with Pie in left field with Jones and Markakis at the other slots, Luke Scott's bat has not made up for taking Pie out of left field. Putting Riemold there is unlikely to improve anything.

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