Newest Oriole Rick VandenHurk is wearing No. 54.
VandenHurk found out yesterday that the Orioles were calling him up to the majors - about two weeks after they traded for him.
“You never know when it’s going to happen, but I was happy getting traded, to come over here,” he said. “There’s going to be opportunities for me. It’s going to be good. I’m going to try to make the most out of it.”
VandenHurk will be used in relief, but he could make some starts before the season ends.
“I’ll do whatever,” he said. “I’m up here and it doesn’t matter when I go out. I’ll do the best I can. Either way is fine.”
VandenHurk and pitching coach Rick Kranitz worked together in the Marlins organization.
“It definitely helps out a lot,” he said. “I know Kranny from ‘07 when I shot up to the big leagues and he helped me along the way very much. We’ve stayed in touch over the years. It’s obviously good to have him around to get comfortable and stuff like that, which is important.”
VandenHurk speaks five languages, He was nice enough to do today’s interview in English.
Here’s the Mariners lineup:
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Chone Figgins 2B
Russell Branyan DH
Jose Lopez 3B
Franklin Gutierrez CF
Casey Kotchman 1B
Adam Moore C
Michael Saunders LF
Josh Wilson SS
Doug Fister RHP
Fister held the Orioles to one run and three hits over seven innings on April 19. Nick Markakis, Luke Scott and Matt Wieters accounted for the hits. Scott had an RBI double.
Fister was 3-4 with a 3.09 ERA before the break, and opponents were batting .234 against him. He’s 1-4 with a 5.85 ERA in the second half, and opponents are batting .336.
His ERA is 3.14 at home and 5.45 on the road this season.
Game update: The Mariners put two runners on base with two outs in the top of the first, but Brad Bergesen struck out Franklin Gutierrez. The Orioles put two runners on base with two outs in the bottom of the first, and Ty Wigginton scored on a wild pitch.
Wigginton and Luke Scott singled to set up the run.