It sounds like Corey Patterson will get a chance to seize the leadoff role when he’s in the lineup, though manager Dave Trembley wasn’t ready to make any grand declarations without first speaking to the outfielder.
“We need to get somebody to spark our offense,” Trembley said. “I’m not putting it all on Corey, but he has been a leadoff guy in the past. He was playing very well in Triple-A. Nolan (Reimold) wasn’t playing well here.
“It’s unfortunate that these things happen, but they do happen and we just need to find a way to get it started in a much better way.”
Trembley referred to Patterson as “the logical guy to bring here.” If you’ve checked the Triple-A stats, you know that the Orioles didn’t have much to choose from if they’re looking to pump some life into their offense. Patterson swung the hottest bat and brings some speed and defensive skills to the table.
Moving Roberts to the 60-day disabled list also seems like the most obvious move, since he hasn’t started baseball-related activities.
“Thirty days already have gone by,” Trembley said. “Andy (MacPhail) had a conversation with Brian yesterday to find out where he was at, and it was decided he’s going to need at least another 30 days and we needed a roster spot, so that’s why that decision was made.
“I know Brian did relay that he wants to start upping his activities in the next few days and I hope that’s the case because obviously it would be to our benefit to get him back here as soon as we can. But we want to get him back here when he’s 100 percent.”
Reliever Mike Gonzalez still isn’t throwing off a mound in Sarasota. He’s on a flat-ground progressive throwing program.
I didn’t want you to forget about him.
Down on the farm, Double-A Bowie loaded the bases three times today and went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts in a 5-0 loss to Richmond.
Ryohei Tanaka allowed five runs and nine hits - including two homers - in 5 2/3 innings. Reliever Jim Hoey walked two and struck out four in 2 1/3 scoreless innings to lower his ERA to 6.75.
Tyler Henson and Ryan Adams each had two hits. Brandon Waring walked four times and struck out once in five plate appearances, which won’t help his .218 average.