Is Hess really changing roles?

One decision had been made on David Hess. He was going back down to Triple-A Norfolk as the latest poster child for the Orioles’ quest to reset. But what would Hess be doing after returning to the International League? The Orioles could have slotted him into the Tides’ rotation or continued with their plan to again make him a reliever, the path taken over the ... read more

Orioles lineup vs. Athletics

Chance Sisco is catching tonight and Pedro Severino will serve as the designated hitter. Andrew Cashner is working on eight days’ rest due to an off-day and blister on his right middle finger. Cashner faced the Athletics on April 8 in Baltimore and allowed three earned runs (four total) and nine hits in 5 1/3 innings in a 12-4 win. Josh Phegley and Mark Canha ... read more

Orioles select Gilmartin’s contract and DFA Rickard

The Orioles have selected the contract of left-hander Sean Gilmartin from Triple-A Norfolk this afternoon and placed him in their bullpen for tonight’s series opener against the Athletics in Oakland. With a full 40-man roster, the Orioles also designated outfielder Joey Rickard for assignment to create room for Gilmartin. In 17 games with Norfolk, Gilmartin registered a 2.48 ERA and 1.10 WHIP over 36 1/3 ... read more

Mancini stays 17th in All-Star voting

Trey Mancini has held firm in the 17th spot among American League outfielders after the latest round of voting for the All-Star Game. Mancini is the only Orioles player appearing among the leaders at any position. First baseman Chris Davis has disappeared after ranking 10th last week. As the Orioles begin a three-game series in Oakland tonight, Mancini is batting .310/.365/.571 with 18 doubles, two ... read more

Rogers leaned on Cashner long-distance

The friendship that developed between pitchers Andrew Cashner and Josh Rogers in spring training shifted a bit toward mentorship last week as the veteran decided to contact the rookie. A phone call that accomplished two purposes. Check on Rogers’ life outside of baseball and pass along some professional advice. Rogers was struggling and unable to gain a promotion until the Orioles had little choice. They ... read more

O’s fail to protect late lead and lose 8-6 in 10 innings (Hess optioned)

The final game of the homestand was turning into a day of atonement for the Orioles. An improved level of play had to satisfy their manager, who fumed after yesterday’s defeat. And then Brandon Hyde boiled over and got tossed on Father’s Day. Scolded by Hyde for their shoddy play the previous afternoon, mental and physical errors pushing him to the breaking point, the Orioles ... read more

Orioles could use opener in Oakland (tied 3-3, Hyde ejected)

The Orioles may decide to use an opener Wednesday afternoon in Oakland instead of giving the start to left-hander Josh Rogers. The spot behind Andrew Cashner and Gabriel Ynoa again is to be determined. Manager Brandon Hyde announced yesterday that Rogers would get the assignment, but he’s now considering alternatives. Rogers likely would follow the opener if he’s put back in the bullpen. “We let ... read more

Lucas provides update on injured shoulder

Reliever Josh Lucas sat at his locker this morning with an ice pack wrapped on his right shoulder. He’s on the 10-day injured list, but optimistic about his ability to return as soon as he’s eligible. An MRI confirmed a strain in the shoulder, but no structural damage. Lucas said he felt some tightness while warming up prior to the ninth inning of Thursday night’s ... read more