Roster move in the minors: Righty Pat Egan, who has had a great year for Double-A Bowie, today moved up to Norfolk to join the Tides roster.
The 25-year-old Egan is 6-1, 2.12 with five saves. Over 46 2/3 innings, he has allowed 29 hits with seven walks to 25 strikeouts. Eastern League batters have hit just .177 vs. Egan. He was drafted in round 36 in 2006 out of Quinnipiac University.
Meanwhile, it has been a trying season for Baltimore native Brandon Erbe.
The right-hander remains without a win at Triple-A Norfolk and just recently he went on the disabled list with right shoulder soreness.
But he had good news to report when we spoke on the phone today. This injury appears to be minor, he has not been sent for an MRI and he should be back pitching soon.
"Right now we're just in the middle of rehab. It's kind of precautionary. I felt something the other day. It wasn't that bad, I probably could have continued to pitch through it. But I said something so we can nip it in the bud and get it to go away and not drag on," Erbe said.
The O's third-round pick from 2005 gave up just one earned run over five innings on June 20th vs. Toledo. He then felt some pain in the days after that start, but felt fine while pitching during that game.
"Just more sore than usual, honestly. It's not any terrible pain, I just felt more sore than I normally would after a start. It kind of carried a little longer. Usually, you are pretty sore the day after, but this time it was like three or four days after I was still pretty sore."
So Erbe was placed on the seven-day DL last Friday, retroactive to last Wednesday.
What is he doing now to get back on the field?
"Mostly just some strengthening stuff. Kind of the same treatment I did last year, but just for a few days and not a month."
He thinks he may be able to get back on the mound sometime over the next week or so.
Erbe missed some time last season with Bowie with shoulder issues, but said what he feels now is not nearly as bad as what he experienced last season.
"Last year was a little different. My shoulder was so incredibly weak at that time. It was a severe case of I guess, a dead arm period. I was only throwing like 84. What I am going through right now should not be as big a deal as last year."
Erbe is 0-10, 5.73 in 14 starts for Norfolk. But he has given up just 3 ER over his last two starts and has worked to an ERA of 3.86 his past five starts.
He said he feels himself making some progress despite a poor record and you can tell he remains very upbeat not only about this season, but about his future.
Coming tomorrow: More quotes from Erbe about his season at Norfolk, dealing with a winless record and his outlook for the future.
Britton honored: Bowie Baysox pitcher Zach Britton has been named Eastern League Pitcher of the Week for the week ending June 27. Britton is the first Baysox pitcher to win the award since teammate Steve Johnson won it for the week ending September 8, 2009.
Britton made one start on the week, holding Altoona to one run Friday night over 8.0 innings on four hits and one walk while striking out nine. It was the longest start by a Baysox pitcher this season, and the longest outing of Britton's career. His nine strikeouts matched his career high and tied the team high for the season, and Britton also set the team high with his fifth consecutive victory.
Britton is 7-3, 2.48 on the year and was recently selected to participate in the Futures Games.