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July 1, 2011

Pre-game notes: Rotation, Reimold, Roberts, Rupe, etc

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said that the club likely won't decide who fills demoted Brian Matusz's rotation spot until the Orioles finish this weekend's series against the Atlanta Braves. The Orioles, who will need a starter for Tuesday's game against the Texas Rangers, are waiting to see how much the bullpen is needed this weekend.

Showalter did narrow down the candidates for that start to the three internal bullpen options - Jason Berken, Brad Bergesen and Alfredo Simon - and a couple of members of Triple-A Norfolk's rotation. The two main candidates at Norfolk would be Mitch Atkins and Chris Tillman.

Matusz, by the way, is expected to start for Norfolk on Tuesday.

Showalter admitted that it was tempting to give Nolan Reimold another start after his two-hit, and four-RBI performance against the St. Louis Cardinals Thursday. However, he thought it was important to get Luke Scott back in the lineup.

Showalter said that second baseman Brian Roberts (concussion) had a difficult day on Thursday, but he felt much better today.

Infielder Cesar Izturis (elbow surgery) will start hitting and doing other baseball activities
tomorrow in Sarasota. He's still obviously a couple of weeks away, but he's progressing a little quicker than most people expected.

Triple-A Norfolk reliever Josh Rupe had an opt/out clause in his contract, but he decided to stay in the organization. The club expects fellow reliever Clay Rapada, who cleared waivers today, to do the same.

Posted by Jeff Zrebiec at 6:30 PM | | Comments (16)


it's important that luke scott get atbats? why?
and it isn't important that reimold does? why?
i don't get it at all.

What's important is to alleviate this ridiculous logjam at LF. We have 3 borderline starters, none of whom had proved they deserve to start, but each of whom need consistent at bats to show who they are.

i think the over/under is 10. For the number of Oriole hits in this series.

I guess the Pedro Viola Fan Club will have to wait another day. Viola again was terrible. On a personal level, I was hoping Pedro Viola would march through the Atlanta Braves just like General Sherman marched through Atlanta. Awww Schucks. No Marching, No Winning.

Isturis will start hitting soon? Gee, he hasn't done that for a couple of years.

I agree with you Brandon why is important for Luke to get at bats? This team is pathetic and cannot hit so Buck takes out the guy who hit a three run home run last night.

It was tempting to play Reimold?! Really Buck, tempting?! Wow! A healthy Luke Scott is streakier than an off brand Windex. Now with a torn labrum he is as useless as T's on a boar hog.

Another young pitcher fulfilling his promise while the orioles limit the innings of our supposed young studs at the same age.

Does anyone truly believe this team has a legitimate player who has earned a spot on the all star team? Really be fair before answering that question. Just shows how completely unfair it is that each team must have a representative. Some deserving player in the league will miss out because an oriole had to be chosen.

The only reason to give Scott starts is they are trying to get him started at the plate to improve his marketability, but who wants to buy damaged goods?

Once again, I think Showalter is wrong in not playing Reimold.

Scott has to get at bats to raise his trade value. The O's have to get something for him or else he walks at the end of the season. I would rather see reimold in the lineup sure but Scott wouldn't be worth a dime riding the pine. If Scott can get hot and show he can still hit and if he's free from injury than perhaps a AA or AAA prospect would be a worthy trade. Regardless, Scott has to prove he can still be effective and the O's need to shop him real hard ASAP. I understand the frustration of watching a another washed up veteran whiff at everything but hopefully sooner than later Scott gets shipped off somewhere nice.

i guess that is what Growing The Arms is supposed to look like....that was a pretty impressive performance, even if it was against the Os

I don't know if getting updates at this point on Roberts is good or bad. I don't think Viola was all that bad....grounder that got through and a botched throw by Lee, and he had more time than he thought he had to get the runner. I don't know what Scott will be able to show, as much as Vlad or Lee I guess. I don't know why updates on Izturis should get us excited....I guess I don't know much....I'll keep watching and rooting because thats what fans do. I'll keep absorbing slings and arrows from all my yankee friends. I'm starting to wonder how I would feel if the O's ever started winning again.....all I do know is I can't wait for Hockey season....Let's go Devils!!!!


Last offseason, Guerrero and Lee would have taken 2 year deals but no MLB team made a 2 year offer. If both have a career average month in July do you think the Orioles could get anything for them before the August 1st trade deadline? Do you think both will seek to be FAs in the offseason again? Is there any advantage for the Orioles to allow the situation to play out until the next offseason?

Jeff Z's reply: Maybe Lee, but I woulldn't see either bringing back too much. The thing about Lee is he is a good defender and a good clubhouse guy. So if he starts hitting a little more, i could see a team showing interest at some point. But I don't think he'd bring back much in terms of prospect (s). As for Guerrero, we know he has one tool. He doesn't run well, he doesn't play the field, he doesn't work pitchers. His tool is his bat and if he's not hitting - and he's still owed some good money - it's hard to see them getting anything back for him.

I really agree with several of the posters here on the wisdom of not giving AB's to a young outfielder to keep an injured Scott in the line-up. I hate to say this but I'm really beginning to wonder if the O's improved theirselves in naming Buck manager or if the O's curse has caught up with Buck too.
Get Reimold in there and give him a chance to develop. the young guys are the future.

JEFF good news, bad news, PALMER was perfectly right last night for the orioles bringing up pitchers not commanding certain pitching aspects.. Matusz could when healthy so he deserved it but deserved to be sent down to strengthen his arm and find the consistent command again. Arrieta needs the same no reason he isn't where jurjens is now is that.. Tillman never has and still hasn't.. Bergesen did but lost it like Matusz.. No disrespect but wouldn't a former pitcher be better than Brady building up our pitchers strengths.. enuf you are can A-hole. No way even you could say HARDY or Wieters are 3-4 players behind the rest in this league. Hardy would deserve it far more than Jeter this year..

GRANT, you're simply a homer, which is cool, but JJ only may make it because the league MUST choose an oriole. And yes, he would deserve it over Jeter. But guys like Jeter make it based on reputation, the way it's been done in baseball for decades.

Fact is, no oriole deserves to go this year, but someone will because it's in the rules. That's the oriole way. . . . Updated

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