Orioles manager Brandon Hyde threw batting practice to son Colton in right field yesterday and sat in his office at Camden Yards until the conclusion of the trade deadline. He stayed in contact with executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias. And he kept busy.
Hyde didn’t know until 4 p.m. that he’d also keep the players on his current roster.
“I honestly had no idea what to expect,” Hyde said this afternoon. “I talked to Mike early and I just went into the day not even knowing what was going to happen, whether we were going to lose nobody or five. Just kind of waited around the phone in the clubhouse. A couple of us were just hanging out. Colton was in here and we just hung all day long and then when it was over, that was it.
“I talked to Mike again and we didn’t make hardly any moves and that was it. I’m really happy. Obviously, I really like our guys on our club. I just think the guys wanted it to be over. You read about it enough and you hear about it enough and you talk about it enough and you’re waiting for 4 o’clock to come and see what happens.
“It was more of, interested about what happened around the league and also I’m glad we could put this behind us.”
The Orioles played .500 ball last month and Hyde is glad he can move forward with them.
“I was really happy with how we played on this last trip,” he said. “I’m pretty happy with how we played this last month. We’re swinging the bat and I think the rallies that we had the last day in San Diego, that was a well-played ballgame by us. I think our bullpen is improving, as well, so we’re able to hold onto leads late that we didn’t do very well early in the year.
“Our starters have been keeping us in the game and our bullpen’s done a pretty nice job and we’ve been scoring some runs, so it’s been a lot of fun. We went 5-4 on the trip and we could have gone 7-2, and played pretty good baseball, so it’s been fun.”
Infielder José Rondón is on the bench tonight after the Orioles claimed him off waivers from the White Sox.
“He’s going to be an extra infielder for us,” Hyde said. “Play a little second, a little third. Has played short in the past. I saw him with the White Sox when I was over in Chicago. Kind of a utility type that adds some versatility and some infield depth.”
“I think our guys are playing pretty well,” Hyde said. “It’s just an extra major league player that’s going to provide a little more depth in our organization and give him an opportunity to play like everybody else. But I’m not going to cut into Alberto’s playing time and Jace Peterson’s played really well since he’s come up. Swung the bat outstanding. And Richie (Martin) has played well, too. Big hit the other day and playing good defense.
“It’s August and there’s a lot of playing time out there and I’ll move guys around.”
Rondón would have been a convenient replacement if the Orioles traded Jonathan Villar. Now they’ll coexist on the roster, with Róndón finding a new home after the White Sox designated him for assignment on Sunday.
“This is a great opportunity to stay in the big leagues and I’m looking forward to it,” he said via translator Ramón Alarcón.
“Wherever I play I felt pretty good. In the infield as well as the outfield.”
Aaron Brooks, Dylan Bundy and Tom Eshelman will start the next three games of the series against the Blue Jays, with left-hander John Means held back until Tuesday or Wednesday versus the Yankees at Camden Yards.
The Blue Jays haven’t listed a starter for Friday. They’ve got left-hander Thomas Pannone set for Saturday and Sean Reid-Foley for Sunday.
Means will need to come off the injured list. He’s been out retroactive to July 25 with a left biceps strain.
“We feel good about him coming back for that series,” Hyde said.
David Hess moves to the bullpen after starting Monday in San Diego.
Mark Trumbo has been shut down again after resuming his injury rehab assignment at Triple-A Norfolk and appearing in two games. He went 2-for-7 with a home run, his last game played on July 24.
The discomfort came back in his surgically repaired right knee and Trumbo now is hoping to join the Orioles’ expanded roster next month.
“I gave it a shot. We talked about it and there’s been some improvement, but we’re going to aim for September,” he said.
“The symptoms are kind of similarish. Playing in the field was actually a little better. If I can stay warm it seems to work out a little bit better, but it’s still a little bit too much of a challenge. But I think with the expanded rosters and kind of how September usually plays out, it should be a little bit easier.”
Trumbo will continue to work out and take his swings in the cage. Try to ramp up his activity and go on another rehab assignment later this month.
What’s the motivation for Trumbo to play in September as his Orioles career nears its end?
“Motivation is I’m getting paid to play,” he replied. “I think you owe it to the team and yourself to give it everything you’ve got. I know that personally I feel an obligation to keep pushing ahead and doing what I can. This is kind of a unique season. There aren’t going to be any playoff aspirations, but I’d like to still help where I can. If that’s contributing a few hits in September, that’s where it’s at.”
Trumbo will decide later if he wants to keep playing beyond 2019 or announce his retirement. It depends on his knee, his ability to be productive and an industry that seems to have cooled on paying for home runs.
“I don’t know,” he said. “Probably going to have to see a little bit of improvement with the health. If the symptoms don’t subside, it will probably be pretty tough, but if I can get some relief and feel like I did a few years ago, I think it would be something worthwhile.”
The month of September, marking the one-year anniversary of the surgery to repair a hole in the cartilage, might be as important to Trumbo as anyone on the club.
“I think it would be a good test,” he said, “but with the injury and the timelines I’ve seen, it is extremely lengthy. Most guys don’t actually hit their stride until a year and a half, two years down the road, which is kind of tough given my age and the current state of the game. So probably running a little bit low on time, but if I can produce and look like a decent big league player in the month of September, I think it would give me a better shot to have a chance to get a job next year.
For the Blue Jays
Bo Bichette DH
Cavan Biggio 2B
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. 3B
Justin Smoak 1B
Randal Grichuk RF
Freddy Galvis SS
Teoscar Hernández CF
Billy McKinney LF
Danny Jansen C
Trent Thornton RHP