Cleaning out the pre-game notebook

I’m convinced that Alberto Castillo never leaves Camden Yards. He just hides in a back room and jumps out whenever the Orioles need a reliever.

I want documented evidence that he’s reported to Triple-A Norfolk at least once over the last two years.

Grady Sizemore, suddenly a shell of the player he used to be - I’ll blame injuries that necessitated at least two surgeries last year - just made a sensational diving catch in right-center field with two outs to rob Ty Wigginton of an extra-base hit and at last one RBI.

I would say two, since the Orioles also had a runner on first base, but you know how these things can turn out. He might have gone back to tag up.

The Orioles didn’t consider bringing up a pitcher from Triple-A to start today’s game because they’re not ready to put David Hernandez on the disabled list. They’ll grow more concerned if he can’t make his next bullpen session.

“I thought it was best to stay in-house for one start,” manager Dave Trembley said. “I think you are looking at a different story if you are looking at a DL, but it wasn’t a DL.”

Hernandez’s replacement, Mark Hendrickson, has tossed two scoreless innings. He gave up a leadoff single to Asdrubal Cabrera in the first inning, but he’s retired six in a row with two strikeouts. His fastball’s clocked in the 89-91 mph range.

Alfredo Simon is available to close today.

“Why wouldn’t he be?” Trembley asked.

Don’t go there.

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