Not An Easy Decision: Who Will Be All-star?



Rosters To Be Named Sunday, But The Representative For The Orioles Remains Unclear

July 01, 2009|By Dan Connolly | Dan Connolly,

Major League Baseball's All-Star rosters will be announced Sunday, and the Orioles are still uncertain about who will represent them.

"I'd hate to be the person that has to pick," Orioles infielder Ty Wigginton said.

Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon, the American League squad's manager, likely will choose between Orioles center fielder Adam Jones (.305 average, 12 homers) and closer George Sherrill (1.99 ERA, 17 saves), who was the club's lone All-Star in 2008.

Setup man Jim Johnson (3-3, 2.39 ERA) and right fielder Nick Markakis (.300 average, 50 RBIs) are long-shot candidates to be in St. Louis on July 14.

"I think there are a couple guys who get consideration," said Orioles manager Dave Trembley, who said Maddon has not yet called to ask his opinion. "I think George, J.J., Adam. I think those three guys should probably get consideration."

Johnson has been one of the more valuable Orioles, effectively bridging the gap between middle relief and Sherrill. But it's difficult for a nonclosing reliever to get the nod.

"Lot of good players. Lot of good starting pitchers," Trembley said. "I think that's what makes it difficult for middle relievers to make it: a lot of good starting pitchers."

No Oriole will be voted in, but each team must have at least one representative - the Orioles have had only one All-Star in seven of the past eight years. So Maddon's choice might have more to do with how his roster shakes out position-wise. That's why Wigginton thinks Sherrill will make the team.

"A lot of times, the manager, who has to pick the reserves and the pitchers, has to look toward pitching," Wigginton said. "And if there is not a clear-cut choice on the team, then that's what you do."

Sherrill has endorsed Jones, and Jones has endorsed Sherrill and/or Markakis. Jones said it "would be wonderful" to make the team, but he isn't counting on it.

"You do think about it, but there's politics that go along with it," he said. "It's not who is best; it is a popularity contest. It really is."

Uehara gets arthrogram

Orioles right-hander Koji Uehara, on the disabled list with a strained elbow, has undergone an arthrogram to better determine the cause of his injury, Trembley said.

The process, which reliever Dennis Sarfate underwent this season, involves an injection of dye into the joint followed by multiple X-rays of the area. Results of the test weren't immediately known.

"What I was told was that the symptoms were still the same, the swelling had gone down, the inflammation had gone down," Trembley said. "But from a precautionary standpoint, the next thing to do was to do this test to see what's going on."

Trembley said Uehara will stay in Baltimore and participate in physical therapy while the club is on its West Coast trip.

Around the horn

Shortstop Cesar Izturis (appendicitis) will travel to the West Coast and work out with the team. ... Monday's game without an extra-base hit was the 773rd time in Orioles history they have done that. They are 169-602-2 in those games. ... Orioles bullpen catcher Ruben Felix will host baseball and softball camps for ages 7 to 13 during the weeks of July 27 and Aug. 10. Registration is July 11 at The Sandlot Baseball Academy in the Curtis Business Center, 713 E. Ordnance Rd., Baltimore, where the Orioles' Jones, Matt Wieters, Brad Bergesen, Luke Scott and Sherrill are scheduled to appear from 10:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. For more information, contact Felix at or call 806-535-4845.

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