Orioles manager Buck Showalter is often quite talkative on a lot of subjects during his daily pregame interview with reporters. But today he was not ready to say much about Jim Riggleman, who resigned yesterday as Nationals’ manager.
“I’ve known Jim for a long time,” Showalter said. “There are a lot of things with a situation like this, you don’t really know about. I should probably not weigh in because there are probably a lot of factors behind the scenes and it’s not really any of my business.”
He did provide an answer when asked why he has moved Willie Randolph to the third base coaching box and that he now has John Russell, who was coaching third, alongside him in the dugout.
“I want us to get John a little closer to the catchers between innings,” Showalter said. “It’s just a better fit for the club, all things concerned with where we are right now. Lucky to have, really three guys that could do it. He’s not going to talk about his knee much, but it’s still an issue for him.”
Showalter said it was good to have Vladimir Guerrero back in the lineup after he was relegated to just four pinch-hit at-bats during the last six games of the road trip.
“He made two or three (opponent pitcher) moves not happen, by walking around over near the bat rack. I know he is looking forward to getting back out there. Hopefully he used his time wisely and got freshened up a bit.”
Showalter was asked about the weekend series with the Reds and indicated he has gotten some info on their team and not only just from Orioles’ scouts.
“One thing about baseball, more than probably any sport. People are really willing to share information. There are not many tight lips in baseball.
“I think it’s good for the fans, they like it from some of the gates we are seeing. I’ve know Dusty (Baker) for a long time. You are talking about the National League Central champions last year with, I think, three gold glove winners and the National League MVP. That’s a good club,” he said.
He also had praise for Oriole pitchers, who went 7-for-15 (.467) at bat in NL parks with two doubles and two RBIs while all other American League pitchers hit just .070 combined, going 10-for-143.
“I’m really proud of those guys, they really got after it,” Showalter said. “You never know with an extra-inning game and a 25-man roster, at least we have a little better feel for the unknown.
“Actually one of the reasons why Zach (Britton) came out, he got a jam- shot basehit in his last at bat. He didn’t get the feeling back in his thumb until about the third or fourth pitch that inning. He had a pretty good stinger in there. I haven’t asked him about that today, but hope there is good news. Richie (Bancells, team trainer) hasn’t said anything.”
From the minors: The Orioles 11th-round draft pick, catcher Adam Davis of Illinois, has joined Aberdeen. In college this year for the Illini, Davis hit .290 with 14 doubles, five homers and 33 RBIs. He threw out 35 percent trying to steal and was MVP of the Big Ten tourney.
Pitcher Oliver Drake has returned to Frederick from Triple-A Norfolk, where he was needed for a few days.
Showalter said the O’s ninth-round pick that recently signed, right-handed pitcher Devin Jones of Mississippi State, was in the O’s clubhouse earlier today after taking his physical.