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July 14, 2009

Hernandez stays sharp

Emerging Orioles starting pitcher David Hernandez got back in action at Double-A Bowie tonight, pitching four innings and giving up one earned run on two hits. He struck out four and threw 71 pitches.

Hernandez was sent down to make room on the major league roster for Cesar Izturis, who returned from an appendectomy, but he is only at Bowie to buy some time in conjunction with the All-Star break. He's expected back in the major league rotation next week.

Posted by Peter Schmuck at 12:08 AM | | Comments (10)
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He should take Rich Hill's spot, and the O's should hang on to Pie and Oscar.

BTW did I miss AJ in the HR Derby, or did he not get a chance? It would've been nice for him to show off that sweet swing even if he doesn't win.

Pete,
IS the club concerned about Adam Jones knee? He is saying all the right things, but to have it drained twice in a week concerned me.


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Pete's reply: I'm sure they're always concerned with anybody who shows up on the treatment list, but I don't know if they are staying up at night over it.

Do you think the club will negotiate a long-term extension of Adam's contract during the offseason? If you think they might, would the knee cause them to wait another year to make sure it's not a chronic problem?

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Pete's reply: I'm guessing they wait at least one more year regardless.

Hey Pete, I have an off-topic question for you. With Wakefield getting his first All Star appearance tonight I have begun to wonder what happened to all the knuckleball pitchers? I'd think a pitch that routinely allows guys to pitch effectively into their 40's would be something that every guy in the minors who can't muster up a 96 mph fastball would consider mastering.
At the very least I'd expect it to be one more pitch that a guy could add to his kit along with a good curve for example, but it seems knuckleball pitchers are expected to throw them pretty much exclusively, or not at all.
Whats the deal on the prejudice against what seems like a pretty effective pitch?


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Pete's reply: I agree with you. I remember a guy in the Angels minor league system named Daniel Boone (really) who was great knuckleballer. Played for the Padres briefly before that and also had a cup of coffee with the O's in 1990. Career major league ERA was 3.36 in 61 games, but nobody thought he was any good because he threw a knuckleball.

Pete, I wish you a speedy recovery and be careful of those addicting court shows or the next thing you know, you'll be blogging about the litigants on Judge Judy.

Pete, my biggest two surprises so far this season, have been the emergence of Luke Scott as the DH and Brad Bergesen as a SP. Luke, went in my book from a nice player to have, to a real power threat, and I think it has to do with his role as the DH. He studies pitchers and what better way to do that, than to just worry about hitting, not fielding. Bergy shows that you don't have to throw 98 MPH or be a glitzy prospect because a smart pitcher who isn't afraid to take his lumps and to trust his stuff, trumps a power pitcher that can easily be rattled, any day of the week.

My two biggest disappointments have been Jeremy Guthrie and Brian Roberts. No way did I think Jeremy would be this bad. I truly believe that it's just an off year, but it's hard to not think of what the O's record might have been with the Guthrie of old. Brian's #s look good and he still is a top leadoff guy, but the avg. and lack of hustle, upset me. Guys have off years all the time, but when you sign a big contract, it would be nice to show that you actually want to be here. I thought he would embrace the role of the cagey vet, but more often than not, he shows how disappointed he is with the way things have worked out.

Pete, curious what you surprises and disappointments are?


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Pete's reply: I'd say my biggest surprise is that fans are actually starting to like Felix Pie. My second biggest surprise is probably the quick assimilation of Nolan Reimold, though he is struggling at the moment. My biggest disappointment would be the powerless (so far) performance of Melvin Mora. Curious to see if he's really a second-half player.

Pete - Can you give a brief overview on how the minor league options work? How many times can the O's call up and send down a guy like Hernandez?

Thanks for your great work.


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Pete's reply: Players have three minor league options, which begin to burn in their third year of pro ball. Teams use only one option on a player per year, no matter how many times he goes up or down. When a player is out of options, the team cannot send him down without offering him to the other teams in the majors who might want to keep him at the major league level.

4 innings he couldn't go further..4 innnings 70 something pitches what is going on here...I thought they are making him a starter.


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Pete's reply: He did start the game, but they were treating it as more of a workout.

FROX,
(not my descripton,copy and paste)

Options
If a player is on the 40-man roster but not on the active major league roster, he is said to be on optional assignment—his organization may freely move him between the major league club and the minor league club. If a player is on the 40-man roster and not the active 25 man roster for any part of more than three seasons (in which he spent 20 or more total days of service in the minors), he is out of options and may not be assigned to the minors without first clearing waivers. However, if a player has less than 5 years of professional experience, he may be optioned to the minors in a fourth season without being subject to waivers. If a major league player is ineligible for free agency and "has options" remaining, his team may option him to a minor league team without consequence. This is usually what is meant when players are "sent down" to the minors. Likewise, when a player on the 40-man roster is added to the active major league roster, he is "called up" to the majors.

frox -

One thing to realize about the options is that one "option" is an entire season. Thus the fact that Hernandez has been between AAA and Baltimore this year means he is using one of his 3 Options, no matter how many times they send him down/up all season.

As for what roster move to make when Hernandez comes back to the O's, I don't like the loss of versatility we will lose if Pie or Salazar have to go. I would explore a trade of Pie before Oscar loses his roster sopt - less impact on flexibility for the roster. I hope Andino hasn't crept into the discussion for demotion. A bench with Salazar and Andino is a stronger one than we've had in years.

The other option is to "trade" Hernandez for Berken or Hill by sending one of them down for a few turns.

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