The independent York Revolution has signed former Orioles pitcher Matt Riley, the once-troubled phenom who’s trying to make a comeback after being out of baseball last year. Says so right here.
Riley has blown out his elbow three times. He underwent two ligament-reconstructive procedures and reportedly tried experimental prolotherapy injections in 2006 to avoid a third surgery.
Riley was one of my favorite players to cover, but mostly because he was willing to address any delicate subject, like injuries and arrests, that derailed his career. He was a fascinating subject in a way. He also was probably the least popular player in the clubhouse in spring training because of his cocky attitude and late arrivals, which drew fines from management and cold stares from veterans like B.J Surhoff and Will Clark. They had no time for disrespectful conduct, especially coming from a bleach-blonde rookie with vanity license plates promoting his 14K arm.
You know what they say about million-dollar arms and 10-cent heads.
Good luck, Matt. Make it count this time.
Here’s the Orioles’ lineup:
Nolan Reimold DH
Robert Andino 2B
Nick Markakis RF
Luke Scott LF
Garrett Atkins 1B
Josh Bell 3B
Jeff Salazar CF
Chad Moeller C
Pedro Florimon SS
Kevin Millwood RHP
RIP Merlin Olsen
Brian Matusz will start Saturday for the Orioles, followed by Kam Mickolio, Mark Hendrickon and Wilfrido Perez.
Jason Berken, Chris Tillman, Jim Johnson and Koji Uehara pitch in Sunday’s regular game. Jake Arrieta, Troy Patton, Brandon Erbe, Chorye Spoone and Luis Lebron pitch in the B-squad game.
Monday’s list includes Brad Bergesen, David Hernandez and Hendrickson. Tuesday’s list includes Millwood, Uehara and Johnson.