The Baltimore Orioles are enjoying an off day today and believe it or not, it is their next to last scheduled day off the rest of the season, but even on an idle day, there is plenty of news to report on. Plenty of roster shuffling is expected this week before September callups on Sunday.
Sidelined in spring training with a torn PCL, will complete his rehab assignment today and is expected to join the Orioles in Boston tomorrow. Despite rosters expanding on Sunday, Baltimore cannot wait to activate Betemit until then because his rehab assignment ends today and their hands are tied. Reports on Betemit are that he is not yet moving with 100% flexibility and quickness.
Betemit will certainly add a much needed left handed hitting DH against right handers and he has a track record of hitting right handers well, including leading the Birds last season with a .302 batting average against righties. The question is who will get sent down in order to make room for Betemit on the 25 man roster. Danny Valencia seems to be the logical choice in regards to who is on the roster, but Baltimore will be facing two left handers in their three game series with the Boston Red Sox and having Valencia's bat for those games would be a welcome addition. Although Betemit is a switch hitter, he has always struggled as a right handed hitter against left handed pitchers. This roster move should come early tomorrow and we will keep you posted.
Baltimore can keep him in the minors longer, but Betemit would have to give the OK to do so, and it is unknown as to how Betemit and his camp would respond to such a request from the Orioles.
Although we have all known that Gausman would be called back up once rosters expand in September, the Orioles are actually going to call him up before Sunday. Baltimore has monitored his innings while he has been down in the minors so that he will be available for the September playoff push and he will likely pitch out of the bullpen. The Birds are expected to option a starting pitcher this week to make room for Gausman, but will be able to call the starting pitcher back up once rosters expand on Sunday.
The plan is pretty obvious as Gausman's start with the AAA Norfolk Tides scheduled for tonight, was moved up to yesterday so that he will have more rest before being called up. Also, by calling him up prior to September, it enables the Orioles to place him on the postseason roster, which have to be set by August 31.
Hammel's return is about to commence as he is scheduled to begin his rehab assignment for the strained right flexor mass that has sidelined him since July 29th. Jason will start for the AA Bowie Baysox this Thursday and is expected to pitch in two minor league games before being activated from the DL after rosters expand. His second game in the minors is likely to be as a reliever, because he could be placed into the bullpen once he is activated from the DL.
As is always the case, at least since Buck Showalter and Dan Duquette have been here, the Orioles are shuffling their roster, and it comes as no surprise. It will be interesting to see if they find a way to keep Valencia on the active roster for the Red Sox series with two left handers scheduled to start.
Stay tuned to Orioles101 whether via Twitter or Facebook as we will immediately pass along any and all Orioles breaking news.
Be sure to "like" our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Orioles101
Add us on Google+ Orioles101
Follow us on Twitter for live in game updates and all Orioles breaking news @Orioles_101
Your man cave is your home field advantage for every game. When the game is on the line, you should be able to look around and be reminded of the great moments you've watched unfold in that very room! MJR Sports Integrityoffers a wide range or team and player-specific memorabilia that can do just that and take your game day room to the next level. Find your inspiration at MJR Sports Integrity and will your team to victory!
- Baltimore Orioles News and Notes: MLB Draft, Steve Johnson, Tsuyoshi Wada
- Jason Hammel Comes Unglued in Seventh Inning, Baltimore Orioles Lose 5-2
Short URL: http://sport-ne.ws/zoz