The day Justin Turner was an Orioles hero

Justin Turner would be the ideal utility player and a perfect fit for the Orioles if he hadn’t outgrown the role. He plays every infield position and even has one inning of experience in left field. His power developed late. He’s a great teammate and is willing to do whatever is asked of him. But the utility train has left the station. Turner is one ... read more

A few more health updates

Orioles outfielder Joey Rickard has avoided surgery on his right thumb as the offseason moves through October. Rickard didn’t play after July 20 due to a torn ligament in the thumb sustained in a collision with the right field fence at Yankee Stadium. The Orioles transferred him to the 60-day disabled list on Aug. 31. They’re hoping that Rickard won’t need surgery over the winter ... read more

Brach undergoes minor procedure on left knee

Orioles reliever Brad Brach underwent a minor medical procedure last week involving the meniscus in his left knee. Nothing complicated and apparently no reason for concern. Ravens team physician Dr. Leigh Ann Curl performed the surgery, which Brach was told lasted only seven to 10 minutes. “It was real basic,” Brach said. “It was just like I had a flap tear, a tiny little flap ... read more

This, that and the other

With Joey Rickard no longer holding Rule 5 status, the Orioles have the option of sending him to the minors next season. A player’s options give a team options. Funny how that works. Whether he breaks camp with the Orioles depends on a number of factors, including performance and moves made over the winter related to the outfield. Spending a rookie season in the majors ... read more

Should Orioles try to steal more wins?

The Orioles stole 19 bases this season, the lowest total in club history. Which brings us to today’s debate, and one that won’t be parodied on SNL. Does it matter? Manager Buck Showalter wants a new leadoff hitter. Executive vice president Dan Duquette again will place emphasis on improving the team’s on-base percentage, which plummeted in the second half. But what about the stolen bases? ... read more

Possible activity on the 40-man roster

The Orioles’ 40-man roster currently is full, which is why infielder Paul Janish was designated for assignment when they claimed left-hander Jed Bradley off waivers from the Braves. But it obviously won’t stay that way. Players will be removed after they become free agents. Teams have five days after the World Series to negotiate with their own guys before the market opens for business. The ... read more

Wondering about the roster

We’re still in the quiet period for non-playoff teams, except for the random low-level signing. The Orioles are still riding the momentum from the Jed Bradley waiver claim. The lineup appears to be mostly set with Hyun Soo Kim in left field, Adam Jones in center, Manny Machado at third base, J.J. Hardy at shortstop, Jonathan Schoop at second base and Chris Davis at first. ... read more

Would the Orioles trade Britton? (and other notes)

We covered the usual number of topics yesterday on “Wall to Wall Baseball” on MASN, which meant we were all over the map. Not just the majors. I’m sticking with baseball this morning. A viewer asked whether the Orioles should consider trading Zach Britton, enabling them to fill multiple needs. I watch teams in the playoffs having closer issues and think the Orioles should lock ... read more