Orioles select Bemboom's contract, recall Gillaspie in series of moves

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The Orioles have made the following roster moves:

  • Selected the contract of C Anthony Bemboom from Triple-A Norfolk.
  • Recalled RHP Logan Gillaspie from Triple-A Norfolk.
  • Designated RHP Spenser Watkins for assignment.
  • Optioned C José Godoy to Triple-A Norfolk.
  • RHP Noah Denoyer has cleared outright waivers and been assigned to Triple-A Norfolk.

The Orioles’ 40-man roster currently has 40 players.

MASN and Ice Cube's BIG3 launch programming and community impact partnership

MASN and ICE CUBE’S BIG3 Launch Programming and Community Impact Partnership
3 on 3 Professional Basketball League Is the Hottest Growth Property in Sports
Growing Ratings and Community Impact Programs Are the Focus of MASN-BIG3 Partnership
Network Joins CBS Sports as Media Home to BIG3
MASN to Carry 52 BIG3 2023 Games Throughout its Seven-State Television Territory


LOS ANGELES and BALTIMORE, MD – June 20, 2023 — The Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN) and Ice Cube’s BIG3 pro league are joining forces to launch a programming and community partnership, bringing the excitement of televised three-on-three basketball to seven new states. This historic partnership will allow for viewing 52 professional 3-on-3 basketball league games this summer, starting later this month.
The BIG3 league, founded by producer, actor, and artist Ice Cube has quickly become the hottest growth property in sports. The summer 3-on-3 tour tips off Sunday, June 25, extending nine weeks with games in Chicago, Dallas, New York, Memphis, Miami, Boston, DC, Charlotte, and Detroit. All-Star and Championship Games will take place across the pond in London, England, on August 26th.
BIG3 features many of the biggest names in basketball history, including coaches Gilbert Arenas, Charles Oakley, George Gervin, Gary Payton, Nancy Lieberman, Stephen Jackson, Lisa Leslie, Rick Barry, Rick Mahorn, and Julius Erving.   Players this year include Joe Johnson, Jason Richardson, Nick Young, Michael Beasley, Isaiah Briscoe, Mario Chalmers, Leandro Barbosa, Gerald Green, Frank Nitty, Kevin Murphy, and many more.
MASN will televise BIG3 on MASN and MASN2.  A promotional video of the partnership is available here:
"The addition of MASN to our media partnership family is a tremendous milestone for the BIG3,” said Ice Cube. “This collaboration allows us to bring more of BIG3’s signature style of 3-on-3 to an area of the country that has shown us tons of love.”
“Cube and BIG3 energize communities across the country," said MASN and Orioles Chair, CEO, and Managing Partner John Angelos. “This partnership is another step toward merging Major League Baseball's economic development power and our network’s world-class live entertainment production capabilities with visionaries like Cube and Jeff. MLB and BIG3 can together rejuvenate the communities where our kids learn, live, and play."
“Our primary goal has been working to get all of our games in front of the best sports fans,” said BIG3 President and Co-Founder Jeff Kwatinetz. “The Mid-Atlantic region has some of the most dedicated BIG3 fans, and we are excited to bring FIREBALL, our unique brand of play, to a top tier regional sports network that is already home to iconic, must-see sports teams like the Orioles.”
The BIG3 is returning to a full nationwide touring model with stops at arenas in Dallas, New York, Memphis, Miami, Boston, Charlotte, Detroit, Washington D.C., and London, England.
Tickets for the first three weeks of season six are available here. To learn more about the BIG3 and see the full season schedule, go to BIG3.com and follow @thebig3 on twitter and Instagram.
BIG3 (BIG3.com) is who we are, FIREBALL3 is what we play. It’s not your grandfather’s 3-on-3. The premier global BIG3 league features many of the greatest, most popular, and skilled professional athletes of all time. Founded by producer, actor and music legend Ice Cube and entertainment executive Jeff Kwatinetz, the BIG3 combines highly competitive, physical, fast game experiences and incredible fan experiences. In 2023, the BIG3 was named “Best in Web3” by Sports Business Journal for the league’s groundbreaking Web3 Project, Forever Experience Action Tokens (FEATs), offering utility and ownership-like value in BIG3 teams via blockchain technology.
The Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN) is a regional sports network and multimedia platform that televises every available game of both the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals, pre- and postgame shows, and NCAA Division I men’s and women’s sports, totaling more than 500 live events annually.  The network is available in a seven-state region, from Harrisburg, Pa., to Charlotte, N.C., on 25 cable and fiber optic providers, and is televised nationally via satellite provider DirecTV. MASN’s digital home - https://www.masnsports.com/ - features news and sports content and offers in-market streaming of both O’s and Nats games.  MASN has won more than 100 Emmy and Addy awards for broadcast and marketing excellence.

Orioles select Godoy's contract as McCann goes on IL, Garrett DFA


The Orioles have made the following roster moves:

  • Selected the contract of C José Godoy from Triple-A Norfolk. He will wear #77.
  • Placed C James McCann on the 10-day Injured List with a left ankle sprain.
  • Designated RHP Reed Garrett for assignment.

The Orioles’ 40-man roster currently has 40 players.

Watkins recalled, Garrett to Norfolk


The Orioles have made the following roster moves:

  • Recalled RHP Spenser Watkins from Triple-A Norfolk.
  • Optioned RHP Reed Garrett to Triple-A Norfolk after yesterday’s game.

Kolozsvary clears waivers, elects free agency


The Orioles have made the following roster move:

  • C Mark Kolozsvary has cleared outright waivers and elected free agency in lieu of accepting an assignment to Triple-A Norfolk.

Robles reinstated


The Washington Nationals returned from rehab and reinstated outfielder Victor Robles from the 10-day Injured List and optioned outfielder Alex Call to Triple-A Rochester on Friday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement. 

Robles, 26, hit .292 with four doubles, a triple, eight RBI, 10 walks, 13 runs and eight stolen bases in 31 games this season before he was placed on the Injured List with back spasms on May 8. While making his way back from the injury, he reached base in all four rehab games he played in for Triple-A Rochester. Robles went 4-for-7 (.571) with a double, two home runs, five RBI, a walk and five runs scored in his final two games for the Red Wings.

A veteran of parts of seven Major League seasons, Robles is a career .237 hitter with 77 doubles, 11 triples, 31 home runs, 154 RBI, 108 walks, 208 runs and 66 stolen bases. He is a two-time Rawlings Gold Glove finalist (2019, 2022) and led National League center fielders in defensive runs saved (12) last season according to FanGraphs.com.

Call, 28, hit .209 with three home runs, nine doubles, 20 RBI, 26 walks, 24 runs and six stolen bases in 64 games for the Nationals this season.

Please see the attached document the updated 26-man roster.

Homestand highlights June 16-22


Following a six-game road trip, the Washington Nationals return home for two three-game sets against the Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals, and one rescheduled game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Single-game tickets for all Nationals home games are on sale now at nats.com/Tickets

This homestand features several exciting events and promotions, including the first of two Racing Presidents bobblehead giveaways, Juneteenth recognition, Italian Heritage Night, U.S. Army Day, Value Day and more.

As a reminder, if you would like to cover any events at Nationals Park, please contact Valerie Todryk Krebs at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Devon Bridges at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for credentialing information in advance of the event.



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O's select Garrett, place Voth on IL, designate Kolozsvary

reed garrett

The Orioles have made the following roster moves:

  • Selected the contract of RHP Reed Garrett from Triple-A Norfolk. He will wear #66.
  • Placed RHP Austin Voth on the 15-day Injured List with right elbow discomfort.
  • Designated C Mark Kolozsvary for assignment.

 The Orioles’ 40-man roster currently has 40 players.

O's recall Ortiz, option Kolozsvary

ortiz gray fielding

The Orioles have made the following roster moves:

  • Recalled INF Joey Ortiz from Triple-A Norfolk.
  • Optioned C Mark Kolozsvary to Triple-A Norfolk after yesterday’s game.

Orioles place Ryan Mountcastle on 10-day IL with vertigo

mountcastle 9 rbi night

The Orioles have made the following roster moves:

  • Selected the contract of C Mark Kolozsvary from Triple-A Norfolk. He will wear #56.
  • Placed INF Ryan Mountcastle on the 10-day Injured List with vertigo, retroactive to June 10.
  • Designated RHP Noah Denoyer for assignment.

The Orioles’ 40-man roster currently has 40 players.

Orioles recall Cole Irvin, option Nick Vespi to Norfolk

irvin pitches orange

The Orioles have made the following roster moves:

  • Recalled LHP Cole Irvin from Triple-A Norfolk. He will start today’s game.
  • Optioned LHP Nick Vespi to Triple-A Norfolk after yesterday’s game.

Orioles recall Vespi, option Zimmermann


The Orioles have made the following roster moves:

  • Recalled LHP Nick Vespi from Triple-A Norfolk.
  • Optioned LHP Bruce Zimmermann to Triple-A Norfolk.

Orioles recall Nick Vespi, option Bruce Zimmermann to Norfolk

vespi pitches white

The Orioles have made the following roster moves: 

  • Recalled LHP Nick Vespi from Triple-A Norfolk.
  • Optioned LHP Bruce Zimmermann to Triple-A Norfolk.

Nats claim left-handed pitcher Joe La Sorsa


The Washington Nationals claimed left-handed pitcher Joe La Sorsa off waivers from the Tampa Bay Rays and optioned him to Triple-A Rochester on Thursday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

La Sorsa, 25, posted a 2.08 ERA (1 ER/4.1 IP) with three strikeouts and three walks in two relief appearances with the Rays this season. He had his contract selected on May 28 and made his Major League debut the next day vs. Chicago (NL), tossing 2.0 scoreless innings of relief.

La Sorsa went 2-1 with a 3.38 ERA in 11 games (three starts) between Double-A Montgomery and Triple-A Durham before joining the Major League club. Opposing left-handed batters went 7-for-32 (.219) with one double, two walks and eight strikeouts against him prior to his contract having been selected.

A native of Jamaica, New York, La Sorsa was selected in the 18th round of the 2019 First-Year Player Draft out of St. John’s University. He is 16-10 with 13 saves, a 2.87 ERA, a 1.02 WHIP and a .216 opponents’ batting average in 99 games (10 starts) across four Minor League seasons (2019-23).

Diamondbacks-Nats postponed


Today's 1:05 p.m. game vs. the Arizona Diamondbacks has been rescheduled due to the poor air quality in the Washington, D.C. area.

The game will be made up on Thursday, June 22 at 1:05 p.m. All tickets and parking passes for today's game will be honored for the rescheduled game.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak attends UK-US Friendship Day at Nats Park

Rishi Sunak Davey Martinez

Wednesday night, the Washington Nationals held the club’s second annual UK-US Friendship Day at Nationals Park, celebrating the recent coronation of King Charles III and the enduring partnership between the two nations.

As the night’s guest of honor, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Rishi Sunak personally requested that the ceremonial first pitch be given to Stuart Taylor, CEO of the Allied Forces Foundation, in recognition of Taylor’s many years of public service in support of military veterans, active-duty personnel and the trans-Atlantic relationship.

Sunak was joined on the field by Taylor and Nationals manager Davey Martinez for the UK and US national anthems, which were punctuated by a flyover performed by F/A 18s piloted by United States Navy Lt. Josh Chester and British Royal Navy Lt. Cmdr Thomas Sharp. The UK anthem was performed by the Royal Marines Band, and the US anthem by “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band.

You can watch video of the UK-US Friendship Day festivities here.

Speaker Emerita Nancy Pelosi throws ceremonial first pitch at Nationals Night OUT

Nancy Pelosi Screech Night OUT

The Washington Nationals celebrated the club’s 18th annual Night OUT on Tuesday, the longest-running Pride event in Major League Baseball. The first 20,000 fans received a Screech Night OUT bobblehead, and fans who purchased the special ticket package also received an exclusive t-shirt with $5 from every special ticket benefitting Team DC. With more than 7,100 special tickets sold, tonight’s event was the largest Night OUT in the organization’s history.

As special guests of the game’s presenting partner, Team DC, Speaker Emerita Nancy Pelosi threw out the game’s ceremonial first pitch; and Rex Wheeler, also known as Lady Camden, runner-up on Season 14 of RuPaul’s Drag Race, held the President’s Race finish line.

You can watch video of the Night OUT festivities here.

Nats recall Abbott, Ramírez DFA


The Washington Nationals recalled right-handed pitcher Cory Abbott from Triple-A Rochester and designated Erasmo Ramírez for assignment on Wednesday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

In his last two starts for Triple-A Rochester, Abbott allowed just two hits and one run in 10.0 total innings (0.90 ERA), with 12 strikeouts. Since April 28, Abbott has allowed more than one run in a game just once, working at least 5.0 innings in four of his five starts. Over that span, he has struck out 33 in 23.0 innings. In total, Abbott’s 51 strikeouts this season ranks third in Washington’s Minor League system.

Abbott, 27, joins the Nationals for the third time this season after two previous stints in May. He has allowed three hits and one run in 4.0 total innings in two appearances for Washington so far in 2023. Abbott was selected off waivers from the San Francisco Giants on May 4, 2022, and went on to enjoy five stints with Washington last season. He made nine starts (0-5, 6.00 ERA, 36 SO) and seven relief appearances (2.00 ERA, 9 SO), held opponents to a .186 average at home. In his last two starts of 2022, Abbott struck out a total of 13 (seven in 5.0 IP vs. Atlanta, Sept. 26 and six in 4.0 IP at New York (NL), Oct. 4).

Ramírez, 33, was 2-3 with a 6.33 ERA in 23 games this season.

O's reinstate Coulombe, option Vavra


The Orioles have made the following roster moves:

  • Reinstated LHP Danny Coulombe from the Bereavement List.
  • Optioned INF/OF Terrin Vavra to Triple-A Norfolk.

Nats recall Weems, Machado DFA


The Washington Nationals recalled right-handed pitcher Jordan Weems from Triple-A Rochester and designated right-handed pitcher Andrés Machado for assignment on Tuesday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

Weems, 30, returns for his second stint with the Nationals this season after he pitched in both halves of a doubleheader on April 29 against Pittsburgh. He combined to allow one hit and two walks in 2.1 innings with three strikeouts in those games.

In his last six appearances for Triple-A Rochester, Weems allowed just one hit and one run over 6.1 innings (1.42 ERA, 0.63 WHIP, .053 opponents' average). He went 2-for-2 in save opportunities in that span, including a four-out save on May 28 at Toledo.

In his first season with Washington in 2022, Weems enjoyed four Major League stints, pitching in 32 games. He finished the season strong, posting a 3.00 ERA (5 ER/15.0 IP) with 17 strikeouts, two walks and a .182 opponents' average (10-for-55) in his final 11 games after being recalled on Sept. 8.

Machado, 30, posted an 8.47 ERA in 14 games out of Washington’s bullpen.