Double-A Bowie outfielder Yusniel Diaz was chosen as the Eastern League’s Player of the Week on Monday and hasn’t appeared in a game since receiving the honor.
Fans are curious about his disappearance. I’m here to clear up any confusion that I don’t create on my own.
Diaz, 22, was placed on the temporary inactive list because he’s on paternity leave.
He’s put baseball on hold for his baby.
Diaz went 8-for-19 with three home runs and 11 RBIs in his last five games. The jewel of the Manny Machado trade with the Dodgers smoked three balls over the left field fence during his power binge, not a cheapie in the bunch.
The break came with Diaz slashing .248/.333/.401 with five doubles, two triples, four home runs and 22 RBIs in 37 games, including six with Single-A Frederick. He landed on the injured list in April with a strained hamstring.
* Former Orioles right-hander Josh Towers has accepted a position as pitching coach with the Single-A Columbia Fireflies.
Columbia is a New York Mets affiliate that plays in the South Atlantic League.
The Orioles brought Towers to the majors in 2001 and he went 8-13 with 5.05 ERA and 1.360 WHIP in 29 games over parts of two seasons. He made 33 starts with the Blue Jays in 2005 and was 13-12 with a 3.71 ERA and 1.275 WHIP in 208 2/3 innings.
Towers last pitched in the majors in 2009 when he appeared in two games with the Yankees. He announced his retirement in 2011 while pitching for the independent Camden Riversharks and worked as a color commentator on UNLV baseball telecasts. He’s been a radio host on VSiN (Vegas Stats & Information Network).
* Did anyone see how Triple-A Norfolk lost Wednesday night’s game at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre?
Former Orioles infielder Breyvic Valera doubled in the 10th to score extra-inning runner Gosuke Katoh with the tying run. Valera kept motoring around the bases while right fielder Anderson Feliz engaged in a slow-speed chase of the ball and flipped it into the stands.
Feliz apparently lost track of the score and assumed that Valera broke a tie instead of creating it.
The Tides had taken a 6-5 lead in the top of the 10th and they sent Chris Lee to the mound in the bottom half.
Feliz came off the bench to replace Austin Hays, who left the game after only one at-bat. Hays appeared to tweak his hamstring.
Hays wasn’t in the lineup last night.
* Whatever happened to infielder Adrian Marin?
The Orioles selected Marin in the third round of the 2012 draft, but he never reached the majors. He became a minor league free agent over the winter and has been playing for the Winnipeg Goldeyes of the independent American Association.
He was placed on the inactive list Wednesday while batting .216/.338/.255 in 16 games.
Marin batted .246/.295/.330 in seven minor league seasons.
* Whatever happened to former Orioles manager Phil Regan?
Well, that’s timely.
Regan was named interim pitching coach of the Mets yesterday after they fired Dave Eiland. And before anyone asks whatever happened to former Orioles pitcher Ricky Bones, he’s back as the Mets bullpen coach following the dismissal of Chuck Hernandez.
Regan has been in the Mets organization for more than a decade and recently has been filling in at Triple-A Syracuse after pitching coach Glenn Abbott left the club earlier this month due to a medical issue.
The man still has lots of energy at age 82.
The Orioles were 71-73 in Regan’s only season as manager in 1995. I can’t remember if anything else interesting happened with the club that year.
Phillips lasted one day. He’s already been recalled five times this season.
Working one inning last night, Phillips allowed one run and two hits with a walk and three strikeouts. Fry walked two and struck out two in two-thirds of an inning.
Two more roster moves are coming later today. Also, the Orioles will announce their opener for tonight’s game.