Trembley Message Earns Suspension

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July 11, 2009|By Dan Connolly | Dan Connolly,dan.connolly@baltsun.com

Orioles manager Dave Trembley expected to be suspended by Major League Baseball after his tirade Tuesday, and so he took in stride Friday's news that he would be sitting out the next two games.

"I'm not surprised or shocked. It happened. I did what I did," said Trembley, who was also fined an undisclosed amount and began serving the two-game suspension immediately because there is no appeals process for managers. Bench coach Dave Jauss took over managerial responsibilities Friday, and pitching coach Rick Kranitz was left to handle pitching decisions.

Trembley was thrown out in the first inning of Tuesday's game - his third ejection of the season - by umpire Tom Hallion after arguing a call in which outfielder Nolan Reimold was not awarded home on a Mariners error on a throw that landed in the Safeco Field seats. An enraged Trembley felt Reimold had passed second base before the errant throw and therefore should have scored a run, so he tossed his hat and went chest-to-chest with Hallion.

"Am I proud of the antics? No. Do I want it to be played over and over again so kids can see it? No," said Trembley, who is allowed to participate in pre-game and post-game media interviews during the suspension. "But it's something that I did to back up my team and deliver a message."

According to a release from Major League Baseball, the suspension had more to do with what occurred after the argument. Trembley admitted staying in the dugout tunnel, behind a King County police officer, for much of the game, while occasionally offering instruction - which violates Rule 4.07 of the official baseball rules.

"They feel like I was still giving instruction and was partaking in the game," Trembley said. "I'm glad I gave the instructions to Luke Scott and he had that day. He had seven RBIs that day."

Trembley watched Friday's game with club president Andy MacPhail in an open broadcast booth. This isn't Trembley's longest involuntary break as a big league manager. He was suspended for three games in September 2007. That suspension also was served against the Blue Jays.

Izturis up, Hernandez down

Starting shortstop Cesar Izturis returned to action Friday night, and he didn't bump one of his fellow hitters out of the organization.

Izturis, who hasn't played with the Orioles since having an emergency appendectomy June 5, batted ninth and started at shortstop.

"I'm 100 percent, and that's a good thing," said Izturis, who hit .260 in 45 games before the surgery. "Sometimes you get tired of watching the games on TV and on the bench. Now, I get to go out there."

To make room for Izturis, the club sent rookie starter David Hernandez back to the minors. Since Hernandez (2-2, 3.94 ERA) would have had his next start skipped because of the All-Star break, he'll instead pitch once for Double-A Bowie on Monday and then be recalled to start July 20 at Yankee Stadium.

The Hernandez decision buys time for the Orioles, who had been considering designating or trading outfielder Felix Pie or infielder Oscar Salazar, both of whom are out of options and would have to be exposed to waivers before being sent to the minors.

"That allows us to keep the extra position player and go with one less pitcher," Trembley said. "Because our options were to put Hernandez in the bullpen, and he's pitching very well, and we don't want to do that."

Ill Guthrie to miss start

Jeremy Guthrie, who is battling a viral infection, will not pitch Sunday, his next scheduled start. He is hoping he'll be ready to pitch in Chicago after the All-Star break, but first he needs to find out what is making him ill.

"They called it a virus," said Guthrie, who left Tuesday's start with lightheadedness after 2 1/3 innings. "I got some blood work done [Thursday], and we're still waiting to hear back from the doctor exactly what his take is on what I have."

He has been experiencing muscle aches and fatigue but said the condition seemed to improve Friday.

Right-hander Brad Bergesen will pitch in place of Guthrie. Left-hander Rich Hill will pitch today.

Around the horn

Reliever Dennis Sarfate (circulatory condition) will begin his minor league rehab assignment by starting and throwing one inning for Double-A Bowie today. He has been on the disabled list since May 3. ... Scott extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a second-inning single. That ties the longest streak of his career.

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