Once again, I failed to grasp the concept of a quiet off-day.
Nolan Reimold undergoes surgery for a herniated disc (and I’m going with “disc” instead of “disk” after numerous Internet searches), the latest All-Star vote totals are released and Miguel Tejada is released upon his request.
Otherwise, nothing happened.
When I think about how much time and energy were spent writing about Tejada and asking team officials about Tejada and checking the Triple-A Norfolk box scores each day for updates on Tejada and firing off text messages to make sure Tejada wasn’t headed to Boston, I just shake my head.
Later today, we’ll find out whether the Orioles activated reliever Matt Lindstrom from the disabled list after his two appearances at Double-A Bowie. He’s expected to replace Dana Eveland on the 25-man roster while the left-hander is on paternity leave.
Let’s see whether Tejada lands a major league job. Jamie Moyer just signed a minor league deal with the Blue Jays after requesting and receiving his release from the Orioles on Saturday.
I heard the Blue Jays weren’t interested in Moyer because of concerns about his velocity and his vulnerability in the American League East, but they’re desperate for starting pitching, so he gets two or three chances to show them what he’s got. Sound familiar?
Dontrelle Willis, scratched from his first start with Triple-A Norfolk because of a stomach virus, is scheduled to pitch Thursday - unless he also requests his release, which I don’t anticipate happening.
The Pirates released former Oriole Jake Fox from their Triple-A affiliate after he batted .236/.309/.366 with 10 doubles, two homers and 16 RBIs in 123 at-bats. He’s back on the market.
Show of hands if you thought the Orioles should start Fox ahead of catcher Matt Wieters when they broke camp last spring. And be honest.
Fox’s middle name is Quirin, in case you were wondering.
Mychal Givens, the Orioles’ second-round pick in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, batted ninth last night as Single-A Delmarva’s designated hitter and went 0-for-3 with a walk. He’s batting .209 this season after hitting .195 in 57 games with the Shorebirds last year.
Here are the Orioles’ top 20 picks in that draft:
1. Matthew Hobgood, RHP, Norco (Calif.) High School
2. Mychal Givens, SS, Plant (Fla.) High School
3. Tyler Townsend, 1B, Florida International
4. Randy Henry, RHP, South Mountain Community College
5. Ashur Tolliver, LHP, Oklahoma City
6. Justin Dalles, C, South Carolina
7. Aaron Wirsch, LHP, El Tore (Calif.) High School
8. Devin Harris, LF, East Carolina
9. Ryan Berry, RHP, Rice
10. Jake Cowan, RHP, San Jacinto (Texas) College
You know what’s happened to Hobgood. Townsend is rehabbing another hamstring injury in Sarasota. Unfortunately, it’s an annual occurrence. Wirsch pitched in three games for short-season Single-A Aberdeen last year and hasn’t surfaced this year. Anybody know what happened to him? The Orioles didn’t sign Harris, and he’s batting .185 with Single-A San Jose after the Giants took him in the 48th round in 2010. Jake Cowan was released earlier this month.
Henry has a 1.42 ERA in 20 appearances this season, but he’s pitching for Single-A Myrtle Beach after the Orioles traded him to the Rangers over the winter for catcher Taylor Teagarden.
The Orioles took Lake Ranch (Fla.) High School catcher Michael Ohlman in the 11th round. He batted .224 at Delmarva last year, injured his shoulder after rolling his truck in spring training and was suspended 50 games for a second violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program for a drug of abuse.
The Rangers inquired about right-hander Parker Bridwell over the winter, but the Orioles wouldn’t part with him. That’s how Henry ended up in their organization. Bridwell started last night for Delmarva and gave up three runs and six hits, walked three and struck out five, in five innings to leave his ERA at 5.74.
The Orioles get C.J. Wilson tonight as the Angels arrive at Camden Yards for a two-game series. He’s 2-3 with a 5.17 ERA in 19 career games (three starts) against the Orioles, but they’re hitting .220 against him.
Wilson is 8-4 with a 2.44 ERA this season. He’s 5-2 with a 2.13 ERA in nine road starts. He hasn’t lost since May 17, going 4-0 with two no-decisions. He’s allowed three earned runs or fewer in his last eight games. He’s really good.
Brian Roberts is 5-for-16 with a double and home run against Wilson. J.J. Hardy is 3-for-7.
Brian Matusz is 1-3 with a 6.10 ERA lifetime against the Angels, who are batting .379 against him in four starts. Back on April 20, he gave up six runs (four earned) and nine hits in five innings. The defense was pretty bad.
Matusz catches a break with Vernon Wells on the 60-day disabled list. He’s 5-for-9 with three doubles, a home run and three RBIs against Matusz. Howie Kendrick is 6-for-12 with two doubles. Erick Aybar is 5-for-11.
Borrowing a question that a reader posed to me yesterday, would you rather see the Orioles acquire a starting pitcher or a hitter? You can only choose one.
I’ve changed my mind. I’m going with hitter - left fielder, third baseman or first baseman - because the farm system is more equipped to provide them with another starter.
I’d gladly take both, of course.
NOTE: We have a scoring change from Wednesday’s game in New York. Charge left fielder Ryan Flaherty with an error, not center fielder Adam Jones, after their collision in the first inning.