Orioles will call up Reimold, Andino, Snyder on Wednesday

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Latter will make his major league debut when he gets into a game

August 31, 2010|By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun

When rosters expand today, the Orioles will call up three hitters from Triple-A Norfolk, two who are plenty familiar with Camden Yards and a third who will make his big league debut after years of being one of the club's top positional prospects.

Outfielder Nolan Reimold, who played in 29 major league games this season, and infielder Robert Andino, who was with the club all last year, will return to the Orioles while 2005 first-round pick Brandon Snyder will be with the big league club for the first time.

Within the next week, the Orioles are expected to promote a few pitchers as well. Right-hander Chris Tillman, who threw 62/3 scoreless innings Tuesday for his 11th win at Norfolk, is the most obvious candidate.

There also likely will be at least one reliever summoned -- with one-time Orioles Troy Patton, Dennis Sarfate and Kam Mickolio possibilities.

Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail said over the weekend that the club likely would promote a typical number of players -- six or seven -- in September.

That could include a player or two from Double-A Bowie as well, he said.

Reimold, 26, was the club's starting left fielder before hitting .205 in 83 at-bats, prompting his May 12 demotion to Triple-A Norfolk, where he has hit .251 with 10 homers and 37 RBIs in 93 Tides games. He has turned it around recently, however, batting .326 in 27August games.

Snyder, 23, a first baseman, will be making his major league debut when he gets into a game. The 13th overall pick in 2005, Snyder has hit .253 with eight homers and 41 RBIs in 97 games with the Tides.

With his promotion, the Orioles will have four of their six first-round selections from 2003 to 2008 in uniform at Camden Yards. The others are Nick Markakis (2003), Matt Wieters (2007) and Brian Matusz (2008).

Andino, 26, was taken off the 40-man roster in March when the club acquired Julio Lugo. Andino has hit 13 homers and driven in 76 RBIs in 131 games with Norfolk.

The club will have to make room on the 40-man roster for Andino. Snyder and Reimold are already on it.

The Orioles would not confirm specifics of the call-ups. It is expected that left-handed pitching prospect Zach Britton will not be promoted this season, though that still could change.

Getting healthy

The Orioles welcomed center fielder Adam Jones and second baseman Brian Roberts back into the starting lineup Tuesday.

Jones, who hadn't played since being hit in the left shoulder Aug.24 by a pitch from the Chicago White Sox's Gavin Floyd, started in center.

Roberts, who left Friday's game with left hip soreness, batted leadoff and played second base. He had a magnetic resonance imaging Monday, manager Buck Showalter said, and everything came out fine.

Lugo, a third member of the Orioles' MASH unit, also was available to play and would have started at second base if Roberts couldn't have. Lugo left Sunday's game in the first inning after being hit near the right ear with a pickoff throw from the Los Angeles Angels' Jered Weaver. All Lugo's tests were negative, and aside from a visible bump, he said he was ready to go Tuesday.

"They said I have a hard head," Lugo joked Tuesday when asked the diagnosis.

Showalter visits Aberdeen

On Monday's day off, Showalter went to Ripken Stadium to watch the Aberdeen IronBirds play, in what coincided with the Maryland debut of 2010 first-round draft pick Manny Machado.

"I went to see the Aberdeen IronBirds, not one player," Showalter said. "I haven't introduced myself or talked to Manny. Â I'm letting him be a baseball player for the Orioles. Once you're drafted, you fit into the scheme. I understand the reality of that, though."

Showalter said he spoke with Orioles great and IronBirds owner Cal Ripken Jr., as well as several of the organization's scouts and the Aberdeen coaching staff. He came away with a favorable impression of the short-season Single-A facility.

"It ain't the New York-Penn League like I remember, I can tell you that," said Showalter, who managed Oneonta in the New York Yankees' system in 1985 and 1986. "Wow, that's a pretty impressive place. It's not Oneonta."

Eight named to AFL roster

Eight Orioles farmhands have been named to the Scottsdale Scorpions of the Arizona Fall League, the premier winter-ball league for prospects. They are: Mickolio, a 26-year-old right-hander, and fellow right-handers Wynn Pelzer, 24; Oliver Drake, 23; and Pat Egan, 25; infielders Ryan Adams, 23; Greg Miclat, 23; and Tyler Townsend, 22; and catcher Caleb Joseph, 24.

High-A Frederick pitching coach Blaine Beatty will serve in the same role for Scottsdale. The Orioles likely will add an outfielder to the squad in the near future.

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