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August 3, 2011

Orioles tidbits: Hendrickson, Reyes, Ruettiger, Eyre, Hunter, Patton

Some stuff from Buck Showalter’s pre-game session and early interviews:

Mark Hendrickson has been sent to Triple-A Norfolk. The club and Hendrickson had an agreement when he got called up that the veteran would accept an assignment to Norfolk instead of becoming a free agent. He will fly home to York, Pa., and spend some time with his family before reporting to the Tides on Saturday or Sunday.

“I try to tell these young guys, too, that sometimes these moves, we don’t always have to agree with them,” Hendrickson said. “But until we want to hang up our spikes and go be a GM, then we just deal with them the best we can, and hopefully our families deal with them the best they can. You try to take something from every experience, whether it is good or bad, because it’s kind of the nature of the business.”

Hendrickson (1-0, 5.40 ERA in seven games) was demoted to make room for lefty Jo-Jo Reyes, who was claimed off waivers from Toronto on Tuesday. Reyes, who made 20 starts for the Blue Jays and was 5-8 with a 5.40 ERA, will be placed in the bullpen and could see time in today’s game. He is a candidate to start later this season.

“We got basically the whole second half left, so a good first impression to start off and then keep pitching good,” Reyes said. “That’s the main goal.”

The Orioles signed John Ruettiger, an eighth-round pick from Arizona State. They have signed seven of their top 10, with the exception of Dylan Bundy (first), Jason Esposito (second) and Nick Delmonico (sixth). Ruettiger is the nephew of Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger of Notre Dame.

The Orioles have agreed to terms with right-handed pitcher Willie Eyre, 33, to a minor league contract pending a physical. He will be assigned to Norfolk. Eyre had an out clause in the A’s organization Aug. 1 if he hadn’t been promoted to the majors. Eyre was 4-5 with a 3.48 ERA in 39 games (two starts) with Oakland’s Triple-A affiliate in Sacramento. He is 5-6 with a 5.14 ERA in 92 major league games (two starts) with Texas and Minnesota.

Tommy Hunter will start Friday’s game against Toronto. Saturday’s starter is still undecided. The likely candidates are Brad Bergesen and Chris Tillman (if Jake Arrieta is placed on the disabled list). Reyes is also a potential candidate, but he hasn’t pitched since July 22, so he likely will pitch mainly long relief for now.

Troy Patton had the hearing on his arrest on drunken-driving charges this winter pushed back from Thursday to Monday, Aug. 29 in Houston. He hopes to be able to leave the team after the Aug. 28 afternoon game and return by the night game on the 29th.

Posted by Dan Connolly at 7:36 PM | | Comments (12)
Categories: Minors


Hendrickson, Reyes, Eyre, Accardo, Rupe, Jakubauskas, Rapada, Atkins, Viola, Worrell. Some of these guys have the right surnames but the wrong given names.

When my alarm went off this morning and the clock read 2010, i realized that it was Groundhog Day.

McFail probably only shops at waiver lists that offer Green Stamps.

I really feel horrible for Mark Hendrickson. I hate to have to keep seeing him be sent back down to Norfolk. The guy wants to play so badly, but he just not talented enough. I always think of how difficult it must be for him to have to keep giving his family the news that he's being sent back down again. Why won't Mark just retire and coach. They may never call him back up again.

Why is AM and the coaching staff keep talking about the Vet. and how they help the young guys and then send Mark back down to Norfolk. Do they think the new young guns picked up in the last week is the answer. Please. I love the Orioles so please think.

bases loaded 1 out, does the fact that this putrid club doesn't score even one run surprise anyone?

nice to see bergeson get a chance to lower his era to maybe 5.5 by the end of the year.
That's a joke. He is a really bad pitcher. let's all get ourselves beyond the Why, get to the What and agree on this.He needs to go to Norfolk, stay there, then get traded or released. Stop screwing around with these guys. You gotta have the Yankee offense to support these pitchers. Hey, that's an idea...

davis struck out on a wild pitch? here is something that the Orioles are going to learn-they are no good at fixing broken toys.
Guys either get there and are good and they leave them alone(very rare), or they get here and they are bad because they have lousy habits and their former team, which is a much better predictor and producer of talent than the Os ever thought of being, just plain quit on them.
Davis and reynolds struck out 6 out of 8 plate apperances tonight. Here's an easy prediction- C Davis will be wearing a AAA uniform after this year, because he cannot hit major league pitching.
Will it take another 700 at bats and 250 Ks to prove that? The Os need guys to hit in the MIDDLE of the lineup Andy, not at the bottom,Nice try but if Hunter does not work out, you gave Koji away. Which is ok, the guy should get to see major league baseball from his own dugout at some point in his stay here.

Fact! We have the worst scouts, the worst drafts, and the worst player development in baseball. What the Orioles do with young pitchers is laughable.

Rhetorical question, but can anyone explain why we are replacing a lefty with a 5.40 ERA with a lefty with a 5.40 ERA? Youth? So he can start a few meaningless Sept games?

The Ruettiger signing is the most exciting news I've read about the O's in weeks. Can't wait till you hear the "Rudy" chants at the yard. Rudy! Rudy! Rudy! Rudy! Rudy! Rudy! Rudy! Rudy! Rudy! Rudy! Rudy! Rudy! Rudy! Rudy! Rudy! Rudy! Rudy! Rudy! Rudy! Seriously, as life time O's fans you've got to find something to hang your hopes on other than a World Series cause it ain't gonna happen again in my life time. And I'm only 30. Rudy! Rudy! Rudy! Rudy! Rudy! Rudy!

Dont feel sorry for MH as bad as Oriole pitching is he will be inducted into Oriole HOF.

Folks, as long as Peter Angelos would rather blow tens of million dollars to get buildings and places named after himself and his parents........ than invest in the infrastructure of his baseball team, the Orioles will remain the dregs of the AL East.

In the Orioles case, it really is all about the money now. It would take hundreds of millions of dollars in capital investments to do the things that need to be done to make the franchise viable.

Starting up a scouting operation with boots on the ground in the Caribbean, including several academies, hiring dozens of additional scouts overall, paying for top flight modern era talent in the front office to foster player development, bringing in marquee free agent talent....all of these things need to be done to bring the franchise in line with the competition.

Peter Angelos will never spend this kind of money on the Orioles, I think that is pretty clear. As a result, we will remain a second class organization until some person, or group can pry the franchise from his cold dead hands.

No good at fixing broken tools? What would you call Adam Jones? He was a broken tool, and the O's gave him a chace to play full time, and now he is an all-star calibar player!!

-- Dave: you are dating yourself LOL
-- I would not hesitate to move Adam Jones this winter. Having him back to back to back with the K Brothers is brutal!!
-- Hand the ball to Reyes and let him pitch. 5.40 looks like a decent ERA on this starting staff.

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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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