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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 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 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 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 Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | May 24, 2012
After more than a year of being out of big league baseball while attempting to rise above concussion symptoms, second baseman Brian Roberts is back in the game. He started his rehab assignment Wednesday in Double-A Bowie. The clock now starts ticking. He has 20 days to be activated by the big league club, though the team can halt the clock if he suffers a relapse or another injury. Otherwise, they would have to waive him, and the Orioles won't do that with their most veteran player and $10 million man. So the next three weeks are going to be interesting.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | May 13, 2013
Orioles left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada, who is recovering from last May's Tommy John surgery, will make his first minor league rehab start for Triple-A Norfolk on Thursday afternoon at Lehigh Valley. It will be the first time Wada pitches in a minor league game since last April, when he lasted just 2 2/3 innings in a minor league rehab start for Norfolk. Wada, a former standout in the Japanese Pacific League who signed a two-year, $8.14 million contract before the 2012 season, has yet to pitch in a regular season game for the Orioles.
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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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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 14, 2013
PHOENIX -- Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he was planning to go over potential September call-ups on the flight home from Arizona on Wednesday night. With Triple-A Norfolk competing for a wild-card spot in the International League playoffs, Showalter said he will try not to raid the Tides' roster, but he will rely heavily on the input of Norfolk manager Ron Johnson, whom Showalter lauds for his ability to know who can help the major league club. “I was looking at it a little bit today,” Showalter said before Wednesday's game.
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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 Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | March 14, 2014
SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Orioles reduced their camp roster to 46 (with nine non-roster invitees) on Friday by optioning injured right-hander Dylan Bundy to Double-A Bowie. It was a procedural move, because Bundy needed to be placed on the minor league disabled list by Friday. “It just changes where I am going to be,” Bundy said. “I'm going to be working with [minor league medical coordinator Dave Walker] down there [at the minor league complex] and that's who I've been working with the first six months of my rehab.
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