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.