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March 16, 2009

This just in: Liz moved to bullpen

liz2.jpgRadhames Liz has been removed from consideration for the major league starting rotation, according to pitching coach Rick Kranitz, who said today he is still competing for a bullpen spot and -- if he is sent down to the minors -- will continue to work in relief

Liz said he's OK with that.

"I feel pretty comfortable with that,'' Liz said. "I think I've got a little better chance to make the team out of the bullpen. I think I can do both things.

"I think this is going to give me more of a chance to get comfortable and get used to the major leagues. Maybe in the future, I can start again."

Posted by Peter Schmuck at 9:01 AM | | Comments (8)
Categories: Just baseball


Not a surprise since he is far behind the other "studs" that project into the rotation in the next 2 years. He will probably end up as trade bait vs. making the squad.

Any talk of moving Montanez or Reimold to 1b in the minors, for the future, to unclog the OF?

Pete's reply: I haven't heard any, but it might make some sense.

I think before anyone talks of moving Montanez and Reimold, they need to remember that Brandon Snyder has been opening eyes at 1b in the minors and is progressing nicely at that position.

What's the word on him being the future 1b at Camden Yards?

Pete's reply: In the absence of any other candidates, I would say that's a fair assessment.

assume the outing this weekend, combined with the teams long-term forecasting of Liz made the decision…
That said, at a minimum he needs to make the Major League team… there is nothing for him to prove at the Minor League level.

He can help the rotation, by giving regular innings out of the pen.
I would be disappointed if he was sent back to Norfolk.

Turns 26, on June 8th
2008 MLB – 84.1 ip, 99 hits, 57 k’s, 51 walks
2008 Norfolk - 87 ip, 77 hits, 85 k's, 32 walks
2007 Bowie - 137 ip, 101 hits, 161 k's, 70 walks
2006 Frederick - 83 ip, 57 hits, 95 k's, 44 walks

Guthrie, Uehara, Penn, Pauley, Hill


Things to watch…

1) Hill in the coming week…
2) Albers, if you include his work vs the Dominican Republic, he has pitched 8 innings, 9hits, 2er, 0 walks, 4 k's… if he is put on the DL, it is because they want to 'hide him', and give a roster spot to Baez or Eaton out of camp…
3) Bergesen - 11.2 innings, 13 hits, 5er, 1 walk, 11 k's… I think the O's would prefer him to start in AAA… but there is a chance for him to crack the rotation.
4) Baez, Eaton, and Walker… their immediate future is tied to the health of Hill… the possible option of Liz, and the O's carrying 12 or 13 pitchers.
5) Bass… to me, if he is going to make the team, it will be at the surprise expense of Sarfate…. Unless Johnson's sore arm requires a stint on the DL.

my gut feeling says waters if he continues to pitch well will be in the rotation. i guess it's a gut feeling or it could be indigestion in my gut. pete check out the sun sentinel today for discount coupons for local golf courses.

Glad to hear the managment finally decided Liz is a reliever. That's been obvious to me for at least a year now. Daydreamer - I don't necessarily think he's trade bait now that he's a reliever. With experience, I think Liz can be one of the elite back end bullpen guys in baseball. This move makes a lot of sense.

Guess Rad should start looking for an apartment in Norfolk. With all the bodies out in the pen Liz would have to step it up, or other arms go down to make the team now.

I agree with Tim in CA, as I also think Liz has the chance to be very, very good in the BP. I know last year, a lot of scouts thought that Liz could dominate hitters for 2 innings, so I see this as a positive move for the Birds and Liz.

Did Albers already get sent back down after the first cuts?

Pete's reply: No, he's here and has been pitching regularly.

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