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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | March 27, 2013
Orioles manager Buck Showalter knows the numbers don't add up. The Orioles were successful in strengthening their depth this offseason, but the glut of outfielders will make it difficult to keep all of them in the organization. “You guys have done the math,” Showalter told reporters Tuesday. Before Tuesday's Grapefruit League game in Fort Myers, the team reassigned outfielder Lew Ford to minor league camp with the hope that he will be in the mix for Triple-A at-bats, but knowing that there are only so many outfield spots in Norfolk.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 2, 2014
The Orioles added to their expanded roster Tuesday by activating left-hander T.J. McFarland and catcher Steve Clevenger from short-season Single-A Aberdeen -- they were there since Sunday for roster management reasons -- and right-hander Ryan Webb and outfielder Quintin Berry from Triple-A Norfolk. Webb had been with the Orioles all season, but he was sent down to Norfolk on Aug. 1 because the club needed to make room for newly acquired left-hander Andrew Miller. Webb was solid for the Orioles -- 3-2, 3.80 ERA in 42 games before the demotion -- but he had a minor league option remaining, making him the temporary odd man out. “It was a surprise.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | January 23, 1999
The road leading to the top prospects in the Orioles' organization no longer makes a wide detour around Rochester, N.Y., before cutting through the lower levels of the minor-league system. And it no longer is covered with skid marks from all the retreads who traveled to the club's Triple-A affiliate.Five of the Orioles' 10 leading prospects, as chosen last month by Baseball America, are expected to begin the coming season at Rochester. And a sixth, left-hander Matt Riley, could be there by the second half.
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By Jon Meoli and Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | August 28, 2014
Manager Buck Showalter isn't waiting for rosters to expand Monday to give the Orioles the kind of position player depth that he thinks they will need for the stretch run. The Orioles selected the contract of utility player Jimmy Paredes from Triple-A Norfolk on Thursday, giving the team a five-man bench for the series finale against the Tampa Bay Rays at Camden Yards, and potentially, the weekend series with the Minnesota Twins. Showalter said Paredes likely would have been promoted when rosters expand next week, but the ability to send right-hander Kevin Gausman to the minor leagues after Wednesday's start without having him miss a turn in the rotation allowed Paredes to be brought up sooner.
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By Jason LaCanfora and Jason LaCanfora,SUN STAFF | July 26, 1996
The Orioles placed outfielder Mark Smith on the disabled list yesterday and called up pitcher Garrett Stephenson from Triple-A Rochester.Smith injured his left shin Monday night when he fouled a ball off his leg. He left that game immediately and has not played since. He was placed on the 15-day DL, retroactive to Monday.Smith was on crutches for two days with a bone bruise but was walking with a limp yesterday and began working out. The injury comes at an inopportune time for Smith, who was 7-for-13 in his past five games after a 4-for-28 slump.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | March 31, 2005
JUPITER, Fla. - Though never accused of being the most savvy of baseball players, Matt Riley could read the signs. He was out of options, and the Orioles were out of ideas. A trade was the only solution. With Riley unable to win the fifth starter's job this spring, the Orioles dealt the left-hander to the Texas Rangers yesterday for Triple-A center fielder Ramon Nivar. In a separate trade, the Orioles sent catcher Keith McDonald to the Rangers for future considerations. Nivar, 25, was on the Rangers' Opening Day roster last year, but spent most of the summer at Triple-A Oklahoma, where he batted .264 with 10 homers and 52 RBIs in 113 games.
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July 9, 2000
Baseball Padres: Recalled C Ben Davis from Triple- A Las Vegas. Rangers: Sent P Scott Randall to Triple-A Oklahoma and OF Scott Podsednik to Double-A Tulsa. Red Sox: Optioned P Paxton Crawford to Triple-A Pawtucket. Yankees: Bought the contract of P Dwight Gooden from Single-A Tampa. Optioned P Ben Ford to Triple-A Columbus. Basketball Bucks: Signed draft picks Joel Przybilla of Minnesota and Jason Hart of Syracuse to multi-year contracts.
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July 12, 1998
BaseballAstros: Sent OF Richard Hidalgo to Triple-A New Orleans on injury rehabilitation.Athletics: Recalled OF Brian Lesher from Triple-A Edmonton. Optioned P Steve Connelly to Edmonton.Cardinals: Activated OF Ron Gant from 15-day DL. Optioned P Curtis King to Triple-A Memphis.Marlins: Placed P Joe Fontenot (sore right shoulder) on 15-day DL, retroactive to July 3. Recalled P Rob Stanifer from Triple-A Charlotte.Mets: Designated C Alberto Castillo for assignment.Pub Date: 7/12/98
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April 16, 2000
Baseball Devil Rays: Optioned P Cory Lidle to Triple-A Durham. Dodgers: Recalled P Eric Gagne from Triple-A Albuquerque. Rangers: Placed OF Rusty Greer on 15-day DL, retroactive to April 13. Purchased OF Jason McDonald from Triple-A Oklahoma. Designated P Brian Sikorski for assignment. Sent P Justin Thompson to Single-A Port Charlotte on medical rehab assignment. Rockies: Activated P Jerry Dipoto from DL. Optioned P David Lee to Triple-A Colorado Springs. Tigers: Placed 2B Damion Easley on 15-day DL, retroactive to April 10. Called up P Jeff Weaver from Triple-A Toledo.
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September 2, 1998
Astros: Recalled P C. J. Nitkowski from Triple-A New Orleans.Braves: Recalled OF Curtis Pride (Silver Spring) and P Bruce Chen from Triple-A Richmond. Optioned IF Wes Helms to Eugene of the Northwest League. Placed P Mike Cather on 60-day DL. Recalled OF George Lombard from Double-A Greenville. Purchased contract of P Odalis Perez from Triple-A Richmond.Brewers: Activated 1B John Jaha from 15-day DL. Assigned P Al Reyes to Triple-A Louisville on rehabilitation assignment.Cardinals: Purchased contract of OF Joe McEwing from Triple-A Memphis.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 21, 2014
Orioles pitching prospect Mike Wright was one strike away from throwing a no-hitter for Triple-A Norfolk on Thursday night in a 5-2 win over the Durham Bulls. Wright came as close as possible to tossing a no-hitter, allowing a two-out double to Mike Mahtook on a 1-2 count in the ninth inning. Earlier in the inning, shortstop Alexi Casilla committed a throwing error with two outs on a play that could have ended the game. After allowing the double to Mahtook - which also ended Wright's shutout bid - he was replaced by right-hander Brock Huntzinger.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 13, 2014
As expected, the Orioles have placed third baseman Manny Machado on the 15-day disabled list with what the team has diagnosed as a right knee ligament sprain. The team also has purchased the contract of infielder Cord Phelps from Triple-A Norfolk to fill Machado's spot on the 25-man roster. Catcher Matt Wieters, out for the season after Tommy John elbow ligament reconstruction surgery, was transferred to the 60-day DL to make 40-man roster space for Phelps. The move to place Machado on the DL is retroactive to Tuesday, so he would be eligible to return Aug. 27. The club diagnosed Machado with a ligament sprain in his right knee, but the true severity is still unknown because the specific ligament and degree of the sprain has yet to be announced.
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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 Dan Connolly and Peter Schmuck and The Baltimore Sun | August 3, 2014
Right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez, who has been on the disabled list since July 13 with a right ankle sprain, will join the Orioles in Washington, D.C., on Monday for their makeup game against the Nationals and then fly with the team to Toronto on Tuesday. Showalter wouldn't specify what the plan is after that, but Jimenez is not scheduled to start against the Blue Jays. Jimenez, who is 3-8 with a 4.52 ERA in 18 starts for the Orioles, pitched in his second and final injury rehabilitation game Sunday night.
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By Dean Jones Jr and The Baltimore Sun | July 28, 2014
The Orioles officially placed left-hander T.J. McFarland on the bereavement list Monday and recalled right-hander Preston Guilmet from Triple-A Norfolk. McFarland was expected to travel Monday to Chicago to be with his family after the death of his grandmother over the weekend. McFarland, who picked up the win Sunday after pitching a scoreless inning in the Orioles' 3-2, 10-inning victory over the Seattle Mariners, is expected to miss the first two games of this week's three-game series against the Los Angeles Angels at Camden Yards.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | July 14, 2014
The Orioles officially announced a pair of roster moves at Triple-A Norfolk on Monday, cutting ties with two veterans who were hoping to get back to the major leagues with the club. The team announced that it has traded infielder Brett Wallace to the Toronto Blue Jays for cash considerations. It also gave left-hander Randy Wolf his release after he exercised an opt-out clause in his minor league deal Saturday. Wallace, 27, a 2008 first-round pick of the St. Louis Cardinals, hit .265/.329/.389 with 10 home runs and 35 RBIs in 90 games at Norfolk, playing mostly first base with an occasional start at third base.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | July 13, 2014
Two of the up-and-coming prospects in the Orioles organization, Double-A Bowie outfielder Dariel Alvarez and first baseman Christian Walker, are both expected to be promoted to Triple-A Norfolk following the Eastern League All-Star break this week. The Orioles have yet to announce a roster move with either player, but the All-Star break is a common time for promotions to occur, and the sense throughout the organization is that the duo will join Norfolk later this week. Alvarez participated in the Major League Baseball Futures Game on Sunday in Minneapolis.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | July 12, 2014
Looks like the Orioles will make another move today. The agent for catcher Steve Clevenger tweeted this morning that his client was headed back to Baltimore to join the Orioles. Clevenger has been raking at Triple-A, hitting .328 in 36 games, so in one sense this isn't a surprise. However, Clevenger played in one of the Tides' games in Friday's doubleheader and Norfolk has a doubleheader again today. So losing a catcher can't be ideal for the Tides. Plus, the Orioles only have two more games remaining before the All-Star break.
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