September call-ups: Don't expect Avery or Hoes
The Orioles can expand their roster Thursday, but don’t expect to see many players you haven’t watched before in the big leagues. The list of promotions hasn’t been officially completed yet but probably will be by Tuesday or Wednesday.
Two of the more intriguing prospects at Double-A Bowie, outfielders Xavier Avery and L.J. Hoes, almost certainly won’t be on it.
In fact, the call-ups initially will come from Triple-A Norfolk, partially because the Baysox are in the Eastern League playoff hunt and their regular season doesn’t end until Sept. 5.
One Baysox player who could make an appearance in Baltimore is first baseman Joe Mahoney, but that’s unlikely, too. A lot depends on whether Chris Davis (shoulder) will return to play in September. If he can’t, then the Orioles likely will promote a corner infielder or two.
The better bet is that Josh Bell will return to the club. Brandon Snyder is a possibility, but I wouldn’t count on it. With Mark Reynolds playing so well at first, Snyder’s at-bats would be limited.
The group of pitchers to be recalled likely should include Zach Phillips, Jeremy Accardo, Rick VandenHurk and maybe Chris Tillman. The Orioles already have six pitchers in their rotation – and Jim Johnson may also be inserted into it – so the majority of pitching call-ups will go to the bullpen. There would be some 40-man roster shuffling to promote some of them, so that also could be an issue.
The number of pitching promotions also has to do with whether Jason Berken (forearm/elbow) pitches in September. The club doesn’t want a glut of relievers sitting around in the bullpen.
It wouldn’t be a surprise to see infielder Blake Davis return or maybe even the debut of outfielder Kyle Hudson, but, really, most of the would-be call-ups are already in Baltimore.