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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 23, 2014
CHICAGO - Right-hander Miguel Gonzalez was back in the Orioles' clubhouse on Saturday morning after nearly two weeks in the minor leagues. Despite pitching well, Gonzalez was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk on Aug. 12 to make room for right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez, who was coming off the disabled list. The Orioles planned to bring Gonzalez back shortly after he fulfilled his mandatory 10-day option window, and after the team relegated Jimenez to the bullpen, he will slot back into the rotation to pitch Sunday in the series finale against the Cubs.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2014
The Orioles didn't initially expect to add one of their top position player prospects, first baseman Christian Walker, to their expanded roster this month. But with American League East wrapped up -- and 11 games remaining in the regular season -- the Orioles are expected to purchase Walker's contract from Triple-A Norfolk, according to a club source. Walker has been working out in Sarasota, Fla., as part of a taxi squad the Orioles could pluck from in case they needed an extra player.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | January 31, 2011
Nicknamed "The Big Smooth" by his teammates for his unwavering calm under any circumstance, left-handed reliever Mark Hendrickson acknowledges his mettle was shaken a little in December when the Orioles decided not to pick up his 2011 option. Hendrickson's wife had a baby in late November, his other daughter is 16 and doing well in high school and he didn't want to uproot his family from York, Pa., to continue his big league career. "We didn't know what we were going to do, and we just did some heavy-duty praying and it all just sort of fell into place," said Hendrickson, who agreed with the Orioles on Monday to a minor league deal with a spring training invitation.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 12, 2014
The news that Chris Davis had been suspended 25 games for a violation of Major League Baseball's drug policy was still fresh Friday morning, as was the reality that the Orioles likely will be without one of their power bats for the rest of the year. But with the first game of the club's split doubleheader against the New York Yankees hours away, Orioles manager Buck Showalter had to quickly turn his focus to his lineup card. A club closing in on its first division title since 1997 already has overcome several obstacles, including season-ending injuries to cornerstone players Matt Wieters and Manny Machado, but now the Orioles' postseason dreams will have to be realized without Davis, whose suspension would end, at the earliest, late in the American League Championship Series.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | June 2, 2014
DALLAS - The Orioles purchased the contract of two-time Cy Young Award winner Johan Santana from Triple-A Norfolk on Monday evening and placed him on the 15-day major league disabled list as he continues to rehab from left shoulder surgery. In doing so, the club added Santana to its 40-man roster just before a Monday midnight deadline when he could have exercised an opt-out clause in the minor league deal he signed in March. The Orioles believe Santana could join the major league club later this month.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | February 14, 2013
SARASOTA, Fla. - Kevin Gausman, the Orioles' first-round pick last season out of LSU, threw his first bullpen session with the big league club Thursday. Gausman said he hasn't been informed of any innings count limit for this season, but Orioles manager Buck Showalter has indicated that Gausman and Dylan Bundy will be paced so that they are available to the major league club in September and October. Gausman, a 22-year-old right-hander, threw in front of pitching coach Rick Adair late last season during a road series in Tampa Bay, but Thursday's was his first structured session in his first big league camp.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2014
The Orioles didn't initially expect to add one of their top position player prospects, first baseman Christian Walker, to their expanded roster this month. But with American League East wrapped up -- and 11 games remaining in the regular season -- the Orioles are expected to purchase Walker's contract from Triple-A Norfolk, according to a club source. Walker has been working out in Sarasota, Fla., as part of a taxi squad the Orioles could pluck from in case they needed an extra player.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 26, 2013
Cuban outfielder Dariel Alvarez is continuing his rapid ascension through the Orioles minor league system. On Monday, the 24-year-old Cuban defector was promoted to Double-A Bowie and was in the Baysox's lineup against Binghamton, starting in right field and batting fifth. In a corresponding move, the Orioles released outfielder Lew Ford. Ford, who played 25 games with the major league club last season -- and was on the postseason roster -- was playing at Bowie. Alvarez, who reportedly received an $800,000 signing bonus when he was signed last month, was 17-for-39 in 10 games at High-A Frederick, recording a .436/.463/.641 batting line with two homers and seven RBIs.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | May 4, 2012
Catcher Luis Exposito, claimed off waivers from the Red Sox two weeks ago, is down on the field at Fenway Park in an Orioles uniform. That leads me to believe that the Orioles have made a yet-to-be-announced roster move bringing up Exposito, who is on the club's 40-man roster, to the big league club from Triple-A Norfolk. We're waiting to see what the corresponding move is. It's still unknown whether outfielder Nolan Reimold will be available for this series. He went back to Baltimore to receive treatment for neck problems and hoped to return for this season.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | May 2, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS - Orioles pitching prospect Kevin Gausman is scheduled to have an MRI down at Triple-A Norfolk on Friday and the club hopes to get more clarity about a mysterious injury that popped up Thursday.   Gausman woke up early Thursday morning with pain in his rib cage, something that was uncomfortable enough to interrupt his sleep at 4 a.m., according to player development director Brian Graham.  He was evaluated by the doctors at Norfolk, who initially believed the injury was an intercostal muscle strain.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 23, 2014
CHICAGO - Right-hander Miguel Gonzalez was back in the Orioles' clubhouse on Saturday morning after nearly two weeks in the minor leagues. Despite pitching well, Gonzalez was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk on Aug. 12 to make room for right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez, who was coming off the disabled list. The Orioles planned to bring Gonzalez back shortly after he fulfilled his mandatory 10-day option window, and after the team relegated Jimenez to the bullpen, he will slot back into the rotation to pitch Sunday in the series finale against the Cubs.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 14, 2014
Orioles top pitching prospect Dylan Bundy has been placed on the seven-day minor league disabled list with a right lat strain, the club announced Thursday. Bundy injured the muscle after his last start at High-A Frederick, and ge did it while running. The injury isn't related to his arm, Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said. Bundy was evaluated by Orioles team doctors Thursday in Baltimore before the decision was made to place him on the DL. Bundy, 21, returned to the mound in June after he underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow ligament surgery last year.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 10, 2014
Right-hander Miguel Gonzalez took being optioned to Triple-A Norfolk this weekend in stride, saying that he knows someone had to be sent down with the Orioles' current roster crunch. “We're stacked,” Gonzalez said before Sunday's game. “We have a good ballclub, and you've got to take that and be like, 'Oh, well.' You can't do anything about it. Everyone's pitching well. There's got to be a guy who's got to go down.” Gonzalez was optioned before Saturday's win to make room on the 25-man roster for right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez, who was activated from the disabled list to start the game.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | June 2, 2014
DALLAS - The Orioles purchased the contract of two-time Cy Young Award winner Johan Santana from Triple-A Norfolk on Monday evening and placed him on the 15-day major league disabled list as he continues to rehab from left shoulder surgery. In doing so, the club added Santana to its 40-man roster just before a Monday midnight deadline when he could have exercised an opt-out clause in the minor league deal he signed in March. The Orioles believe Santana could join the major league club later this month.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | May 16, 2014
Right-handed reliever Heath Bell, who was released by the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday, signed a minor league deal with the Orioles on Friday night and will report to Triple-A Norfolk on Saturday. A former, three-time All Star closer with the San Diego Padres, the 36-year-old Bell has struggled since signing a three-year, $27 million deal with the Miami Marlins before the 2012 season. He has been traded twice since then and compiled a 7.27 ERA in 13 games with the Rays this year before being released.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | May 7, 2014
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Catcher Caleb Joseph was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk on Wednesday and made his major league debut, batting ninth against the Rays. He was 0-for-3 in the game. To create 25-man roster space for Joseph - a 40-man roster spot was already available - the team optioned infielder Jemile Weeks to Norfolk. Joseph, the Orioles' seventh-round pick in 2008, was hitting .261 with two home runs and 11 RBIs at Norfolk. He was the Eastern League Player of the Year in 2013 after hitting 22 home runs and driving in 97 runs for Double-A Bowie.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | April 6, 2013
Right-hander Daniel McCutchen, whom the Orioles signed to a minor league deal this winter and was sent out of camp March 23, has been suspended for 50 games for violating the league's drug policy for using a banned substance. According to a Major League Baseball press release, McCutchen tested positive for Methenolone and a metabolite of Trenbolone. The suspension begins immediately. McCutchen, 29, was 1-0 with a 6.14 ERA in 7 1/3 innings over seven games this spring with the Orioles.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | April 4, 2012
The Orioles lost their final season tuneup, 6-4, to their top affiliate, the Norfolk Tides, on Wednesday, but the important thing for the big league club is that lefty Brian Matusz again pitched well. Matusz allowed three hits and one walk while striking out five in four scoreless innings, throwing 57 pitches (35 for strikes). “He threw well. Very good,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “He's been good about every time out.” Matusz, who had a 10.69 ERA in 12 starts with the Orioles in 2011, made this year's club with a 3.65 ERA in 24 2/3 big league innings.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | May 2, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS - Orioles pitching prospect Kevin Gausman is scheduled to have an MRI down at Triple-A Norfolk on Friday and the club hopes to get more clarity about a mysterious injury that popped up Thursday.   Gausman woke up early Thursday morning with pain in his rib cage, something that was uncomfortable enough to interrupt his sleep at 4 a.m., according to player development director Brian Graham.  He was evaluated by the doctors at Norfolk, who initially believed the injury was an intercostal muscle strain.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | March 20, 2014
SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles are working on a minor league deal with right-hander Luis Ayala, according to industry sources. Ayala, who was a valuable reliever on the Orioles' 2012 playoff team, was released by the Washington Nationals on Wednesday following a rough spring training in which he allowed nine runs and 10 hits in six innings. The move would give the Orioles added bullpen depth with a familiar reliever. The 36-year-old reliever would report to minor league camp in Twin Lakes Park.
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