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August 5, 2011

Britton to disabled list; Davis scratched in "manager's decision," Erbe DFA'ed

The Orioles just announced a flurry of moves before tonight's first pitch.

Left-hander Zach Britton, who is 6-9 wtih a 4.66 ERA in 20 starts, is headed to the disabled list with a left shoulder strain.

Shortstop Cesar Izturis will take his spot on the 25-man roster and is starting at second base tonight. To get Izturis from the 60-day disabled list and onto the 40-man roster, the Orioles designated Brandon Erbe for assongment.

Erbe is 0-1 with a 9.82 ERA in four games for short-season Aberdeen this season. The 23-year-old, who prepped at McDonogh and once was considered one of the Orioles' top pitching prospects, had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder last August.

Also, first baseman Chris Davis was a late scratch from tonight's lineup. Orioles manager Buck Showalter called it a "manager's decision" and said that it will be addressed after the game. Mark Reynolds is making his third start at first base with Josh Bell, who was supposed to be sent out to make room for Izturis, getting the nod at third.

Shortstop J.J. Hardy remains day-to-day with left ankle soreness.

Posted by Jeff Zrebiec at 7:06 PM | | Comments (6)


Does anyone else get the impression the Jays are stealing signs? They are squaring up on some good pitches from Hunter.

PS: Izzy looks like he's got no arm strength after that weak throw to first on the DP attempt.

I would think that if this team pitches to an ERA under 6 the rest of the way, it will be a miracle. They're going to have to score runs at a Yankee or Red Sox rate to win anything. 100 losses- I'm almost rooting for it. Might as well end AM's reign as the Grand Designer with a real clunker, his clowning achievement if you will. It took him 4 years, but he did it.

Nice to see the boys up to their old tricks. Two walks to lead off the inning, and don't score. How do you sit in the GMs chair and watch this and not think that you have not done even a decent job assembling a respectable major league ballclub?

Can the next guy not thank the owner for signing a washed up DH?I'll consider that a major improvement.

Mr. Angelos, the last time the Orioles fielded a winning team I was in my late 20's. Today, I am in my early 40's. I am tired of your failed experiments, money saving attempts to fill seat by acquiring washed up, has beens. In case you haven't noticed, your stadium seats more visitor fans than hometown fans. The minor league players you keep on the roster need to be in the minors until they mature or fail. You undermine the efforts of the FEW major league players you have, including JGutherie. This off season, if you make BS moves consistent to the last 14 years, you've lost a lifelong fan. I can no longer contribute to your cause. It's like eating at a restaurant that serves horrible food and you are the chef. I implore you to open your wallet and field talent before I am too old to know.. Frustrated, LOYAL FAN

Gee! they finaly let Patton pitch! You know what? He can --Wow! What a surprise.
It is just sickening to watch Adam Jones, once again,go after low and away pitches, tonight three times in a row. Each one further away and none close to the plate. He might swing on a throw to 1b. Why can't he learn that when they have two strikrs on him they WILL NOT THROW HIM A STRIKE! Will he ever learn??

If there is a fire to a house and in almost every case, there is a irreparable smoke damage to the furniture pieces in said same house, the insurance co. will usually agree to have said pieces replaced.

Point made about the every current piece on the roster

It seems to me that this pitching staff gives up an inordinate amount of runs with 2 outs. I'd be curious to know what percentage of the runs given up are with 2 outs and how does that compare against the rest of the league.

Jeff Z's reply: I don't have that stat right in front of me Kris, but I'd be shocked if the Orioles didn't lead league in two-out runs allowed, and two-strike hits allowed for that matter.

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