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September 5, 2011

Davis coming off DL; four more to be recalled

Orioles president of baseball ops Andy MacPhail just confirmed that Chris Davis will come off the disabled list and join the team in time for tomorrow night's game at Yankee Stadium. In addition, the Orioles are recalling pitchers Clay Rapada and Jeremy Accardo and infielders Pedro Florimon, Jr. and Josh Bell.

MacPhail said the decision to bring up Florimon was because Cesar Izturis has suffered a setback in his recovery from a groin strain.

Since Rapada and Accardo are not on the 40-man roster, the Orioles will have to move a couple of players off that roster before the transactions are filed.

That's pretty much it for the roster moves this September, except for Jason Berken, who probably will come off the DL soon. Izturis also could be activated at some point, but it doesn't look promising.

Posted by Peter Schmuck at 4:26 PM | | Comments (5)
        

Comments

I saw Accardo last night in Norfolk. He looked good even though he couldn't quite wiggle out of a very tough situation and gave up two inherited runs. Bell on the other hand looked overmatched by Durham's starter. He could throw the ball to first base, though.

I have to give kudos to the Norfolk faithful. Thirty games under .500, and a genuine 8,000-plus were there. The parent club needs to do something to reward this community with good baseball, too, or they will become another Rochester (a.k.a. black eye to The Warehouse).

Jeff, Pete,

I guess I agree with your reply on the other thread about Matusz, but I still think something is still physically wrong with this kid, and has been for months. That's why I thought it would be best to shut him down in July and let him focus on getting ready for 2012. He is getting chances that he would not get elsewhere ,but he just seems lost out there.

Buck has inferred that he did not come into the season prepared. Have you been able to pick up any information as to what the heck Matusz did or did not do last offseason?


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Jeff Z's reply: He said himself that he wasn't mentally prepared for the start of the season. His velocity was down from the beginning of spring training, which means that he probably hadn't built up enough arm strength. His weight has been down. Pretty easy to connect the dots.

Why? Why is Josh Bell coming back to Baltimore? A mediocre at best year in AAA, and 2 horrid stints at the major league level means what to anybody? I'd rather see Vlad play third base and have Britton DH than see Bell anywhere near this team, as bad as it is. He deserves nothing. Yet here he is. This is one of the many things that has gone terrifically wrong with this franchise. What does bell have to do to prove his inadequacies at the major league level?
I'd really like to know.

I hope AM threw up when Montero launched those 2 home runs off of Johnson today. After 4 years on the job, the MacPhail Os counter with Hudson and Josh Bell.That ain't fair.

Have to agree with the posters above.

Waspman is absolutely right, in re the Norfolk faithful. I grew up in Va Beach, and followed the Tides regularly when they were the Mets AAA club. Despite all of the other pro teams that came & went during my youth, the Tides fans always filled the park. (That's saying something considering the Virginia Squires of the old ABA had Dr. J & Moses Malone on that team, and barely sold 1000 tickets per game) They may not have always been winners, but at least, the teams were usually competitive.

And Jim66 is right too: Josh Bell coming back? WHY? Can't hit at the major league level... can't field at the major league level. (At least he hasn't shown us that he can yet) Sure hope he's a good guy in the clubhouse.

Finally, in re comments about Showalter I've read the past few days. All I wanna know is, what happened to this great disciplinarian I heard about last year? How he was going to come in and kick butts if the the players didn't perform. Some of these guys need to be yanked out of the game ON THE SPOT for the mental errors they're making... and if that doesn't work, then send them down to AA or even single-A ball for a few days! The talent is there for some of these guys... but what we need is "The Captain" from "Cool Hand Luke" to send a message to these guys that they need "to get their mind right"!

No call-up for Joe Mahoney? Isn't he still rated as one of the Orioles' very best prospects?

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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.

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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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