They had to call their first audible during workouts at Ed Smith Stadium and they haven’t stopped.
Manager Buck Showalter planned on making left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada - remember him? - the No. 2 starter when the Orioles broke camp. Wada hasn’t thrown a single pitch for them and is recovering from ligament-reconstructive surgery on his left elbow.
Nolan Reimold was supposed to be the left fielder. Brian Roberts eventually was supposed to be the second baseman. Mark Reynolds was the third baseman on opening day, with Chris Davis playing first base.
Jake Arrieta was supposed to be the ace. Brian Matusz was supposed to be a starter. Endy Chavez was supposed to be the fourth outfielder. Nick Johnson was supposed to split time between first base and designated hitter. Manny Machado was supposed to play shortstop at the two highest levels of the farm system and hope for a September call-up.
“One of the things is our guys in Triple-A and Double-A looked at this as an opportunity to put themselves on the map, and we had some people step up and present what we needed,” Showalter said.
Machado went 2-for-4 last night and has six multi-hit games in his last eight games.
Should the Orioles pencil him in as the starting third baseman in 2013, make him compete for the job or consider moving him back to shortstop (or keeping him at third base) at Triple-A Norfolk? Was his move to third done only to improve the defense this season? Should the Orioles go outside the organization for a third baseman over the winter?
Reynolds would gladly move across the diamond again, but he’s just too good at first. And we don’t know whether he’s coming back.
Each time I post the lineup, I’m inevitably asked, “What’s going on with Omar Quintanilla?”
It may happen again today, though with left-hander CC Sabathia on the mound for the Yankees, there’s no reason to expect anyone except Robert Andino at second base.
Andino has homered on back-to-back nights and is batting .269 in his last nine games. Quintanilla is in an 0-for-26 slump.
Jason Berken is being inserted into the Cubs’ rotation after they claimed him off waivers.
Adam Jones hit his 29th home run last night, allowing him to surpass Larry Sheets for the fourth-most by an Orioles outfielder in a single season.
Nate McLouth had two doubles in a game for the first time since June 25, 2011 at San Diego.
Opponent are batting .192 against Steve Johnson, who’s averaging 11.5 strikeouts per nine innings.
Shameless plug alert: I’ll be joining Tom Davis and Dave Johnson on “Wall to Wall Baseball” at 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on MASN. Note the different time.
I’m also doing a phone interview with ESPN Radio at 8:15 a.m. Everyone wants to talk about the Orioles.