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Fri. Aug 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Machado is expected to have surgery on his injured knee within a week and is likely done for the season, Yahoo! Sports' Tim Brown reports.
Impact: This is a devastating blow for the Orioles and for Machado's owners, but it is not unexpected, given how catastrophic the injury appeared to be in real time. This is the second season in a row that the third base phenom will have his season cut short by a knee injury, although this year it is the right knee and last season it was his left knee. He still has significant value in dynasty and keeper leagues, but in single-season formats, it's safe to cut bait. Ryan Flaherty and Chris Davis will continue to share time at the hot corner.
Fri. Aug 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Weeks (groin) was activated from the minor league DL Friday, MASN's Roch Kubatko reports.
Impact: He hit .563 with three doubles in five rehab games in the Gulf Coast League, and will now presumably return to Triple-A, with a solid shot at getting called up on Sept. 1.
Fri. Aug 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Machado (knee) will not be ready to return from the disabled list when first eligible August 27, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
Impact: The Orioles are expected to provide more information regarding Machado's status Saturday, but at the moment, he remains without a timetable to resume baseball activities. The Orioles are hoping to have their third baseman ready for a prospective playoff run, but whether or not he'll return during the regular season is uncertain at this time. Earlier this week, it was reported that Machado hadn't made much progress since landing on the DL, and nothing major has changed since then.
Fri. Aug 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Young is out of the lineup Friday against the Cubs, MLB.com's Brittany Ghiroli reports.
Impact: The Orioles are playing in a National League park, so Young -- who typically serves as the DH -- is in line to receive at least Friday off. He could return to the lineup in left field at some point, but Nelson Cruz will occupy that position for the afternoon tilt. The Orioles are scheduled to face lefty Tsuyoshi Wada on Sunday, so look for Young to be back in the lineup then.
Thu. Aug 21, 2014 | STATS
News: Jones went 3 for 4 with his 24th home run in Wednesday's 4-3 win over the Chicago White Sox.
Impact: Jones has gone 8 for 17 over his last four games - all Baltimore victories.
Thu. Aug 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Jones went 3-for-4 with a home run and two runs scored against the White Sox on Wednesday.
Impact: Jones has multi-hit games in three of his last four. The veteran is right in line with his career averages, slashing .288/.317/.483 with 24 home runs.
Thu. Aug 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cruz blasted his league-leading 33rd home runs of the season Wednesday in a 1-for-5 night against the White Sox.
Impact: The slugger also collected his 85th and 86th RBI of the season, good for sixth in the majors. Cruz is hitting only .219 in August, but overall he owns a .258/.326/.516 line.
Thu. Aug 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Chen (13-4) gave up three runs on six hits with a walk and seven strikeouts Wednesday in a 4-3 victory over the White Sox.
Impact: Chen was powered by a Baltimore offense that hit three home runs Wednesday. The left-hander is now 6-1 dating back to July 3 and has allowed more than three runs only once over that span of eight starts. Chen will toe the rubber Tuesday versus the Rays.
Wed. Aug 20, 2014 | STATS
News: Tillman earned the decision after allowing a run and three hits in eight innings of Tuesday's 5-1 win over the Chicago White Sox.
Impact: The right-hander is 3-0 with a 2.14 ERA in his last seven starts.
Wed. Aug 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Chen will start on normal rest Wednesday despite Baltimore's preference to give him extra rest, MASN Sports reports.
Impact: The Orioles just moved Ubaldo Jimenez out of the rotation and the extra rest thing is out the door unless Baltimore gets an off day. Extra rest appears to have been good for Chen as he has allowed one run or less in three of his last four starts.
Tue. Aug 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hundley went 2-for-4 with a home run and a stolen base in Tuesday's 5-1 win over the White Sox.
Impact: It was a rare all-around performance for Hundley, who had no stolen bases and just two homers over his previous 32 games with the Orioles. Although Hundley came through with one of his better showings of the season, the Orioles are satisfied with the work Caleb Joseph has done since taking over as the primary catcher for Matt Wieters, leaving spotty playing time available for Hundley.
Tue. Aug 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Tillman (10-5) was on point in Tuesday's 5-1 win over the White Sox, matching a career high with nine strikeouts while limiting the opponents to one run on three hits.
Impact: Aside from serving up a solo homer to Jose Abreu, Tillman otherwise put the clamps on the White Sox, something that's become the norm for the right-hander lately. He's covered at least six innings and allowed fewer than two runs over his last four turns, gathering three wins in the process.
Tue. Aug 19, 2014 | STATS
News: Manager Buck Showalter said Tuesday before the Orioles' game against the Chicago White Sox that Jimenez is moving to the bullpen.
Impact: With right-hander Miguel Gonzalez expected to be recalled soon after throwing a 75-pitch simulated game Monday for Double-A Bowie, the Orioles needed to clear a spot in the rotation for his impending return from the minor leagues. Jimenez, 30, has struggled in his first year with the Orioles after signing a four-year, $50 million contract before the season. He's 4-9 with a 4.83 ERA and has walked 66 batters, tops in the American League.
Tue. Aug 19, 2014 | STATS
News: Markakis went 3 for 5 with a two-run homer in Monday's win over the Chicago White Sox.
Impact: Markakis has a 10-game hitting streak, but his .415 average in that time extends back an additional six games to the beginning of August.
Tue. Aug 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Jimenez has been moved to the bullpen, Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Jimenez was given a fair chance to re-establish a hold on a rotation spot, but he allowed nine runs on 11 hits and six walks over 10.1 innings in two outings after returning from an ankle injury. The team will turn back to Miguel Gonzalez this weekend and make available to eat innings in long relief starting Tuesday.
Tue. Aug 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gonzalez will return to the Orioles' rotation Sunday against the Cubs, Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com reports.
Impact: The team has seemingly come to regret the decision to bump Gonzalez from the rotation in favor of Ubaldo Jimenez, as the team will turn back to Gonzalez on Sunday. Jimenez will be moved to the bullpen. Gonzalez has a 3.80 ERA and 1.41 WHIP for the season but showed significant improvement in July, with a 1.82 ERA in four outings.
Tue. Aug 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Machado said Monday he cannot tell whether his sprained right knee has improved since injuring it a week ago, CSN Baltimore reports. "We won't know until later on," Machado said. "It needs to heal up on its own. Getting treatment every day, getting my leg exercises. Hopefully we'll see some progression soon."
Impact: He is eligible to be activated as early as Aug. 27, though an early-to-mid September return seems more likely. Single-season owners in shallower leagues might want to start looking for third-base help on the waiver wire.
Tue. Aug 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Markakis hit his 11th home run of the season Monday in a 3-for-5 night while scoring twice and knocking in two runs against the White Sox.
Impact: Markakis is in the midst of a 10-game hitting streak. The veteran outfielder is batting .415/.493/.615 with three home runs over 65 August at-bats.
Tue. Aug 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Norris picked up his 11th win of the season Monday, allowing two runs on three hits with five strikeouts over seven innings against the White Sox.
Impact: Norris improves to 3-0 in August with a 3.69 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 16 strikeouts in 17.1 innings. The right-hander will face the Cubs on the road Saturday.
Aug 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Pearce homered and doubled in Sunday's win over the Indians.
Impact: After a scorching May and June for Pearce, he tapered off in July (.231/.322/.359) and has had his playing time severely curtailed. The homer was his first since July 10.
Aug 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hundley went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts Sunday against the Indians, who were 2-for-2 on the basepaths against him.
Impact: It was originally thought that Hundley would step in as Matt Wieters' replacement behind the plate, but he's been outplayed by Caleb Joseph so far. Thus, the starts have been few and far between for Hundley.
Aug 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gonzalez will throw a 75-pitch simulated game Monday with Double-A Bowie and then rejoin the big-league club.
Impact: The team hasn't revealed their immediate plans with Gonzalez, but he could very well replace Ubaldo Jimenez in the near future.
Aug 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gausman allowed one earned run on two hits and four walks, striking out two over six innings against the Indians on Sunday.
Impact: Gausman's four free passes matched a season high and ultimately limited his longevity in this one, as he needed 91 pitches (51 strikes) to complete six frames. He was left in line to earn the victory, however, and improved to 7-4 on the season after winning his third start in his last four tries. The 23-year-old now owns a 3.70 ERA on the season, but he's given up a lot of baserunners and a 4.37 xFIP suggests that his ERA could be on the rise. He'll attempt to prove this notion wrong in his next scheduled start Friday against the Cubs.
Aug 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Weeks (groin) went 1-for-3 in his first rehab game for Baltimore's Gulf Coast League team Saturday.
Impact: Weeks has been out since July 23 with his groin injury. He should return to Triple-A after several more rehab games. There is a chance he will get a call to the Orioles as rosters expand in September, however.
Aug 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Young is in fact back in the lineup Sunday, MLB.com's Brittany Ghiroli reports.
Impact: It appears the initial lineup card tweeted out by the beat reporters was old, and Young is in fact back in the lineup Sunday against the Indians, playing left field and batting fifth.
Aug 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Young is out of the lineup Sunday against the Indians, Rich Dubroff of CSN Baltimore reports.
Impact: Young will sit for the second straight day for the Orioles, with Nelson Cruz again serving as the designated hitter and David Lough playing left field.
Sat. Aug 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Orioles manager Buck Showalter was non-committal when asked about Jimenez's chances of making another start, Britt Ghiroli of MLB.com reports.
Impact: The comments followed another disappointing start Saturday from Jimenez, who now has a 4.83 ERA in his first campaign with the Orioles. With Miguel Gonzalez at their disposal as a sixth starter, the O's could conceivably shift Jimenez to long relief if desired, but he's in the first season of a four-year, $50 million deal.
Sat. Aug 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Young isn't in the lineup Saturday in Cleveland, Roch Kubatko of MASN reports.
Impact: Young will sit for the first time since Aug. 8, a span in which he mustered a .190 average (4-for-21), one homer, three RBI, and three runs. In his place, Nelson Cruz will take on DH duties, while David Lough covers left field.
Sat. Aug 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hardy went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI in Friday's loss to the Indians.
Impact: Hardy doubled in the fourth inning then plated Baltimore's only run with his single in the eighth. His thumb didn't appear to have a negative impact on his hitting after missing games Tuesday and Wednesday.
Sat. Aug 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Flaherty started at shortstop Wednesday, then moved to third base where he went 1-for-5 on Friday against the Indians.
Impact: The defensively-versatile Flaherty appears set to fill in for Manny Machado (knee) while he's on the DL. Flaherty continues to hover around the Mendoza Line but has 15 home runs in 446 at-bats over the last two seasons.
Sat. Aug 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Davis went 0-for-5 with four strikeouts while hitting second for the Orioles again Friday.
Impact: Hitting in front of Adam Jones and Nelson Cruz has made little difference in two games since Manny Machado (knee) vacated the No. 2 spot by hitting the DL. Davis has recorded at least one strikeout in every start he has made since July 2.
Sat. Aug 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Chen held the Indians to one run in seven innings with six strikeouts but ended up with a no decision Friday.
Impact: Chen has allowed one run or less in three of his last four starts and continues to be a quality start machine for the Orioles. He was pitching on three days extra rest because of a rainout during his last scheduled start Tuesday.
Fri. Aug 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hardy (thumb) is back in the lineup Friday against the Indians, Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com reports.
Impact: The thumb sprain cost Hardy a third straight start Wednesday, but he intimated that he was feeling much better and evidently Thursday's off day provided the necessary maintenance for him to return to the lineup. He'll draw a tough assignment in his return, Indians ace right-hander Corey Kluber.
Fri. Aug 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gonzalez was sent to Double-A Bowie on Friday, Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports.
Impact: Gonzalez is set to rejoin the Orioles on Aug. 19 according to an earlier report. The reason for his move to Double-A is unclear, but doesn't appear to have an effect on his potential start.
Thu. Aug 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Jones connected on a three-run homer in Wednesday's victory over the Yankees.
Impact: Jones' blast broke a 2-2 tie and capped a four-run eighth inning for the Orioles, who extended their division lead over the Bronx Bombers to eight games. In what seems to be an annual trick, Jones is again maintain a batting average in the .280s while making a legitimate run at 30 homers and double-digit steals. His relatively trustworthy production should again make him a dependable early-round selection in 2015.
Thu. Aug 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Britton surrendered a run on a hit and a walk Wednesday against the Yankees, but still came away with his 25th save of the season.
Impact: As has come to be expected, the two outs Britton recorded in play came via ground balls, boosting his rate to 76.8 percent for the season, tops among pitchers with at least 50 innings by a wide margin. His ability to avoid hard contact has allowed him to post microscopic ERA and WHIP figures despite a so-so strikeout rate, making him rather stable as far as end-gamers go.
Wed. Aug 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Wieters (elbow) was transferred to the 60-day DL on Wednesday, Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports.
Impact: It's just a procedural move in order for the Orioles to add Cord Phelps to the 40-man roster. Wieters has been ruled out for the season following June's Tommy John procedure, with an eye on returning to action for Opening Day of 2015.
Wed. Aug 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Phelps had his contract purchased from Triple-A Norfolk on Wednesday, Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports.
Impact: With Manny Machado (knee) landing on the disabled list and J.J. Hardy day-to-day with an injury of his own, Phelps will help the Orioles replenish some depth on the left side of the infield. It remains to be seen how exactly the Orioles' starting infield will shake out while Machado and Hardy miss time, but if Wednesday's lineup is any indication of the team's plans, Phelps will likely be ticketed for utility duty off the bench. Ryan Flaherty received the start at shortstop Wednesday, while Chris Davis moved over to the hot corner from his usual first base post.
Wed. Aug 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Machado (knee) was placed on the 15-day DL on Wednesday, Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports.
Impact: After Machado was diagnosed with a knee ligament sprain following an MRI on Tuesday, it seemed only a matter of time before he would land on the DL. While the Orioles don't have an exact timetable for his return, the team isn't ruling out a comeback for this season, though it will obviously hinge on how well Machado progresses over the next couple of weeks. In the meantime, Machado's injury leaves the Orioles with rather untenable replacement options at third base, with the light-hitting Ryan Flaherty looking like the top candidate to pick up at-bats at the position. Chris Davis may also move from first base to third on occasion to boost the team's overall offense, but he could be a liability defensively if forced to play the position too frequently.
Wed. Aug 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Davis will get the start at third base and bat second in the lineup Wednesday vs. the Yankees, Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports.
Impact: Both the position and spot in the lineup are rather unusual for Davis, who typically mans first base and bats in the heart of the order. However, with both Manny Machado and J.J. Hardy dealing with injuries, manager Buck Showalter has been forced to get creative with his lineup. Davis came up through the minor leagues as a third baseman, and while he's nowhere close to Machado's class a defender, the Orioles should be able to get by with him at the position for a few days while they wait for further clarity on the ongoing injury situations.
Wed. Aug 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Schoop hit his 11th homer of the season Wednesday night off of Yankees reliever Dellin Betances, tying the game in the eighth inning.
Impact: It's been a season of growing pains for Schoop, who entered Wednesday's play with just 10 walks against 82 strikeouts in 329 at-bats. But let's keep in mind that he is just 22 years old while taking over the majority of the playing time at second base on a potentially playoff-bound team. His minor league numbers suggest that there's improvement on the horizon in his career.
Wed. Aug 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Tillman battled through less than great stuff Wednesday night to hold the Yankees to two runs on five hits over seven innings. "You know what? It wasn't very good for me tonight," Tillman said. "I knew coming in from the get-go it was going to be a grind. Hats off to Nicky [Hundley] for hanging in there with me. It was a battle throughout, but fortunately made some pitches. Had some stuff. I was able to get ahead and pitch off that."
Impact: Tillman only struck out three, but didn't walk anyone. He's walked just two batters in his last four starts, after beginning the season having a hard time finding the strike zone.
Wed. Aug 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Machado, who was placed on the 15-day DL prior to Wednesday's game, was moving around without crutches and said his knee was feeling much better, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
Impact: Machado's placement on the disabled list will keep him out until at least Aug. 27, but the Orioles are probably more thankful that the right knee injury doesn't seem to be nearly as severe as last season's left knee ligament tear. The third baseman didn't seem confident that he'd be back in the 15-day minimum, however, so owners in single-season leagues may want to consider looking elsewhere for corner infield help to cover for an absence that could still be rather lengthy.
Wed. Aug 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Though Hardy (thumb) remained out of the lineup Wednesday, he indicated his thumb was feeling much better, MASN Sports' Roch Kubatko reports.
Impact: Hardy will set his sights on a return to the lineup at some point during the club's weekend series in Cleveland. His return would be a especially important development, after Manny Machado was placed on the 15-day DL, challenging the team's depth on the left side of the infield.
Tue. Aug 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Chen's scheduled start Tuesday against the Yankees has been postponed due to a rainout, Marly Rivera of ESPN Deportes reports.
Impact: Instead of fitting in a doubleheader Wednesday, the divisional rivals will delay the twin bill to Sept. 12, Eric Boland of Newsday reports. It's unclear if Chen will be skipped or push Tillman back in the rotation, but Chen boasts a 2.84 ERA, 1.105 WHIP and 7.46 K/9 in 25.1 innings (four nods) since the break.
Tue. Aug 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Phelps left Triple-A Norfolk and will be recalled Wednesday if the Orioles place Manny Machado on the disabled list, MASN Sports reports.
Impact: Phelps will back up third base and could even see a start since Ryan Flaherty will fill in at shortstop for J.J. Hardy. Phelps was likely chosen as the callup because he can play third base, shortstop, second base and the corner outfield spots. He is hitting .258/.368/.431 at Triple-A this season, showing good plate discipline with 50 walks and 59 strikeouts. Phelps played in 53 games for the Indians from 2011-2013.
Tue. Aug 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Machado (knee ligament sprain) could need a DL stint before returning to action this season, MASN's Roch Kubatko reports. "There will be some work he has to do to come back and play," vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said Tuesday. "[Placing Machado on the DL is] under consideration. It may take some time for him to heal. Obviously we will know more [Wednesday]."
Impact: He was diagnosed with a right knee ligament sprain Tuesday, but the team said more would be made clear Wednesday about Machado's status and timetable to return to the lineup. The fact that it is not definite that Machado will need a DL stint is excellent news for his owners, but obviously Wednesday will be the more telling day in terms judging his rest-of-season value.
Tue. Aug 12, 2014 | STATS
News: Schoop went 2 for 4 with a three-run home run in Monday's 11-3 win over the Yankees.
Impact: Schoop isn't much of a fantasy option since he's hitting .216 on the season.
Tue. Aug 12, 2014 | STATS
News: Cruz appears to have broken out of his slump, going 2 for 2 with a home run and three RBIs in Monday's 11-3 win over the Yankees.
Impact: He's 5 for 10 with two homers and six RBIs in his last three games.
Tue. Aug 12, 2014 | STATS
News: Davis showed some of his 2013 form by going 2 for 3 with a home run after filling in for injured Manny Machado in Monday's 11-3 win over the Yankees.
Impact: Davis, who hit 53 homers a year ago, has four long balls in his last seven games.
Tue. Aug 12, 2014 | STATS
News: Jones went 3 for 5 with two doubles and two RBIs in Monday's 11-3 win over the Yankees.
Impact: Jones is on another roll, going 8 for 17 in his last four games.
Tue. Aug 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hardy's MRI Tuesday revealed a sprained left thumb, and he will be held out of the lineup Wednesday and Thursday, with the hope that he can return this weekend, MASN's Roch Kubatko reports.
Impact: Ryan Flaherty will presumably man shortstop for the next couple days while Hardy rests up. It's been an extremely disappointing season for Hardy, who is has just six home runs in 108 games. He's typically been among the MLB leaders in homers among shortstops, but his isolated power sits at a career-low .105, compared to .170 last season when he bashed 25 long balls.
Tue. Aug 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Machado has been diagnosed with a right knee ligament sprain, MLB.com's Brittany Ghiroli reports.
Impact: This is excellent news considering how gruesome the injury appeared in real time, as Machado's right knee completely buckled on a swing. The O's gave an abbreviated update Tuesday, not offering a timetable regarding Machado's potential return, but it seems like there's a chance he could return this season. A more detailed update is expected Wednesday from the team. Meanwhile, Ryan Flaherty, Jonathan Schoop and Chris Davis could see time at third base.
Tue. Aug 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Chen will make his next start Friday against the Indians, MLB.com reports.
Impact: After his scheduled start Tuesday was rained out, Chen will wait a few more days until taking the hill. The O's will send Chris Tillman to the mound Wednesday, while Ubaldo Jimenez and Kevin Gausman will pitch Saturday and Sunday, respectively. Baltimore is off Thursday. In his last start, Chen allowed eight hits and four earned runs over 5.0 innings in a loss to the Blue Jays.
Tue. Aug 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hardy had an MRI performed on his left thumb Tuesday, Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Hardy was held to the pine both Sunday and Monday following an initial diagnosis of a sprained thumb, and the severity of the injury should be confirmed in the near future. As long as he's sidelined, Ryan Flaherty will be the everyday shortstop for the Orioles.
Mon. Aug 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Davis is out of the lineup Monday against the Yankees, Roch Kubatko of MASN reports.
Impact: Davis is sitting against a left-hander, Chris Capuano, despite getting the nod against the Orioles' last two opposing southpaw starters. Meanwhile, after putting together a five-game hitting streak last week, Davis promptly reverted, going hitless in eight combined at-bats Saturday and Sunday. He'll yield first base to Steve Pearce, who is batting sixth in the order.
Mon. Aug 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hardy (thumb) remains out of the lineup Monday versus the Yankees, Roch Kubatko of MASN reports.
Impact: Although X-rays were returned negative Sunday on his sprained left thumb, Hardy relayed that the ailment has yet to improve, Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com reports. Consider him day-to-day for now, while Ryan Flaherty mans shortstop for a second consecutive game.
Mon. Aug 11, 2014 | STATS
News: Machado has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right knee ligament.
Impact: The injury occurred Monday night in Baltimore's game against the New York Yankees. Machado took an awkward swing and crumpled in the batter's box, clutching his knee. An MRI on Tuesday revealed the sprained ligament, and the Orioles placed the 2013 All-Star on the disabled list before Wednesday's series finale against New York.
Mon. Aug 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Machado (knee) will undergo an MRI on Tuesday morning, MLB.com's Brittany Ghiroli reports.
Impact: Machado left Monday's game after his knee buckled on him while in the batter's box, and he was later given an initial diagnosis of a sprained right knee. This was just a preliminary classification, however, as the upcoming MRI should provide better insight as to the nature and severity of the injury. X-rays that were taken Monday night failed to reveal any ligament damage, but an MRI will still be needed to confirm that presumption. Although the injury looked a bit gruesome, the Orioles remain optimistic and think they may have "dodged a bullet."
Mon. Aug 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Jones went 3-for-5 with two RBI, two doubles, and one run scored Monday against the Yankees.
Impact: The Orioles' offense was in a grove Monday, and Jones was right in the middle of their 11-run outburst. His average is up to .288 as he continues to flirt with finishing a season with a .300 average for the first time in his career.
Mon. Aug 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Davis entered the game for the injured Manny Machado (knee) on Monday against the Yankees, finishing 2-for-3 with one home run, two RBI, and two runs scored.
Impact: Davis' home run gave the Orioles the lead as they went on to hammer the Yankees' bullpen. Although he is still only hitting .197 this season, he now has 21 home runs overall.
Mon. Aug 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Norris won Monday against the Yankees, yielding three runs, five hits, and one walk to go along with five strikeouts in five innings.
Impact: Norris didn't have his best stuff Monday but kept the Orioles in the game and stayed in there long enough for the offense to explode and eventually help secure his victory. He's had trouble providing length of late, though, as he's pitched 5.1 innings or less in three of his last four starts.
Mon. Aug 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Machado is dealing with a right knee sprain, MLB.com's Brittany Ghiroli reports.
Impact: Machado's presumed sprain is just a preliminary diagnosis, as more information should be made available after the team is able to analyze the results of an MRI. Consider him day-to-day until further notice, but this type of injury has the potential to force a longer absence.
Mon. Aug 11, 2014 | STATS
News: Markakis went 4 for 5 with an RBI in Baltimore's 8-3 loss to St. Louis on Sunday.
Impact: Markakis is off to a good start in August, hitting .436 with two homers and three RBIs in the first 10 games.
Mon. Aug 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Machado left Monday's game after his right knee gave out on him during a swing, MLB.com's Britt Ghiroli reports.
Impact: Machado was in serious pain and needed assistance to walk off the field. He had reconstructive surgery on his left knee at the end of last season, so the one bit of good news is that it's not the same knee. However, the replays of the injury Monday were difficult to watch, and it seems quite possible that the injury is season-ending. Continue to monitor his status for official word from the team, but there isn't much reason for optimism here. Ryan Flaherty and Jonathan Schoop could both be options to replace Machado at third base while he's out.
Mon. Aug 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Davis is expected to return to the lineup Tuesday versus the Yankees, Roch Kubatko of MASN reports.
Impact: Davis is merely receiving at off-day Monday, his first since Aug. 2. In the meantime, he cobbled together a five-game hitting streak, during which he recorded a .167 average (5-for-30), three homers, six RBI, and five runs. With 13 strikeouts on the ledger, though, he upheld his dour 33.5 percent strikeout rate on the season.
Mon. Aug 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Manager Buck Showalter is optimistic that Hardy (thumb) will return to the lineup Tuesday against the Yankees, Roch Kubatko of MASN reports.
Impact: Hardy himself said that his sprained left thumb hadn't improved from its state Sunday, so some skepticism should accompany Showalter's comments. Continue to consider Hardy day-to-day, with Ryan Flaherty filling in at shortstop in the meantime.
Sun. Aug 10, 2014 | STATS
News: Cruz went 2 for 5 with his 30th home run and a double in Saturday's 10-3 win over visiting St. Louis.
Impact: Cruz had been hitting .121 with one homer over his previous 25 games.
Sun. Aug 10, 2014 | STATS
News: Joseph continued his homer streak, going 2 for 4 with a two-run shot in a 10-3 win over visiting St. Louis on Saturday.
Impact: Joseph has homered in five straight games for the Orioles, going 8 for 18 with nine RBIs over that stretch.
Aug 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Markakis was one of the only bright spots for Baltimore on Sunday, going 4-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored.
Impact: Markakis has been hot to start off August, hitting .382 with two homers, two doubles, two RBI, five runs scored, and eight walks in 10 games. He continues to put up solid numbers atop the order for the division-leading Orioles.
Aug 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gausman gave up eight hits and three runs Sunday versus St. Louis. He struck out six and walked two batters in the losing decision.
Impact: Gausman was unable to register his third consecutive win. It was a struggle right from the start and he was never really able to settle down and find his groove. Gausman will try to get back on track in his next scheduled assignment, set for Saturday in Cleveland.
Aug 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Sunday's X-rays on Hardy's thumb came back negative, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
Impact: Hardy apparently was set to play Sunday before he was scratched, and the X-rays were taken as a precaution. He is officially listed as day-to-day, and should be back in the lineup within the next couple days.
Aug 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hardy was scratched from Sunday's starting lineup with a sprained left thumb.
Impact: Hardy was replaced in the lineup by Jonathan Schoop, who entered the lineup at second while Ryan Flaherty shifted over to shortstop. The 31- year-old Hardy is currently considered day-to-day because of the injury, but the team will likely discuss the severity of his injury in the near future.
Sat. Aug 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gonzalez was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk on Saturday, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
Impact: Gonzalez appears to be the odd man out of the rotation with Ubaldo Jimenez back from an ankle injury. It's unclear if this will be the long-term decision for the Orioles, but Gonzalez will definitely be the top option to return to the rotation if there's an injury.
Sat. Aug 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Brach struck out a pair and allowed three baserunners while finishing Saturday's win over St. Louis.
Impact: It was a non-save situation for Brach, and he created something of a mess before getting out of the frame unscathed. Most of his value to the Orioles at the present time comes from his ability to work multiple innings when needed.
Sat. Aug 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Jimenez struck out five and walked three while giving up three runs on six hits over six innings to earn his fourth win of the season Saturday.
Impact: In his return from the disabled list, the O's offense provided Jimenez with plenty of run support, pounding John Lackey for nine runs through the first five innings. He'll face the Tribe in Cleveland for his next scheduled start Friday.
Sat. Aug 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gonzalez will make one appearance in Triple-A Norfolk before ultimately rejoining the Orioles on Aug. 19 against the White Sox in Chicago, Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports.
Impact: Gonzalez was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk on Saturday, as he seems to be in limbo between the Orioles' rotation and Triple-A. After his appearance with Norfolk on either the Tuesday or Wednesday, he'll have an opportunity to impress in Chicago, where he'll likely get the starting nod on Aug. 19.
Sat. Aug 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Jimenez (ankle) was activated from the 15-day DL and will start Saturday versus the Cardinals, Rich Dubroff of CSN Baltimore reports.
Impact: Jimenez's spot in the rotation could very well hinge on how well he pitches in his first start since July 5, as back-end arms Bud Norris, Kevin Gausman, and Miguel Gonzalez have done little to justify their removal from starting duties. Jimenez, meanwhile, sports a mediocre 4.52 ERA and 1.53 WHIP on the season and has been especially abysmal during afternoon affairs like Saturday's, going 0-5 with a 10.55 in his previous five daytime starts. The four-year, $50 million contract Jimenez signed in the offseason may be the only reason he might continue to hold down a starting job if he scuffles Saturday.
Fri. Aug 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hardy went 2-for-3 with a couple of home runs, four RBI and three runs scored in Friday's 12-2 drubbing of the Cardinals.
Impact: After smashing 77 homers during the past three seasons for the Orioles, Hardy has certainly been a bit disappointing at the plate so far in 2014. However, the two-time All Star seems to be heating up here in the early days of August. Over his last five games, Hardy has gone 9-for-19 with two home runs, three doubles and six RBI.
Fri. Aug 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Tillman tossed 6.2 innings Friday night, giving up two earned runs on just four hits and one walk while striking out seven in a 12-2 win over the Cardinals.
Impact: Enjoying 12 runs of support from the Orioles' offense, Tillman was in cruise control as he coasted toward his ninth victory of the season. The 26-year-old righty has put together an extended run of strong work for the AL East leaders over the past couple of months. During a now 12-start stretch dating back to June 10, he has posted an impressive 2.40 ERA and 1.09 WHIP across 78.2 innings.
Thu. Aug 7, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Britton pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning in Thursday's 2-1 win at Toronto to earn his 24th save of the season.
Impact: Britton continues to pitch very well, as he's taken the closer role and run with it. His strikeout rate isn't ideal, but no one can argue with his overall effectiveness.
Thu. Aug 7, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gonzalez tossed six strong innings to earn the win at Toronto on Thursday, allowing just four hits and one run. He issued a couple of walks and struck out four.
Impact: The only damage Gonzalez allowed came on a solo home run by Anthony Gose in the fifth inning. Gonzalez, who was strong in four July starts, rebounded from his last outing when he gave up four runs in just five innings. Overall, the 30-year old righty has performed like he has in the past, which means you can expect an ERA close to 4.00, with a below average strikeout rate. On the bright side, he does pitch for a contending team, and is no danger of losing his spot in the starting rotation. In his next start, he'll take on the Yankees at home.
Thu. Aug 7, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Jimenez (ankle) will start for the Orioles on Saturday against the Cardinals, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
Impact: Jimenez will likely be activated either Friday or Saturday before his start. He has been on the disabled list since July 11 due to an ankle injury, but had a strong rehab start with Triple-A Norfolk and appears ready to rejoin the rotation for the playoff run.
Wed. Aug 6, 2014 | STATS
News: Norris recorded his ninth victory of the season Tuesday in a 9-3 win at Toronto, allowing two runs and seven hits in 5 1-3 innings.
Impact: Norris' season remains an up-and-down affair but he's enjoying success overall, going 9-7 with a 3.68 ERA in 19 starts.
Wed. Aug 6, 2014 | STATS
News: Markakis was 2 for 5 and scored a run in a 9-3 win at Toronto on Tuesday.
Impact: Markakis is 10 for 21 over his last five games.
Tue. Aug 5, 2014 | STATS
News: Markakis homered for the second straight game and was 2 for 5 in a 7-3 win at Washington on Monday.
Impact: Markakis is batting .323 over his last seven games with three homers.
Tue. Aug 5, 2014 | STATS
News: Gausman recorded his sixth win in a 7-3 victory at Washington on Monday, giving up three runs and eight hits over six innings.
Impact: Gausman improved to 2-1 with a 3.21 ERA in five road starts this year.
Mon. Aug 4, 2014 | STATS
News: Tillman won for the first time in seven starts Sunday, allowing just four hits over seven innings in a 1-0 victory against Seattle.
Impact: Tillman is 3-1 with a 2.29 ERA over his last nine games, holding opponents to a .209 batting average in that span.
Mon. Aug 4, 2014 | STATS
News: Markakis was 3 for 4 with his 22nd double and ninth homer of the year in a 1-0 win over Seattle on Sunday.
Impact: Markakis was 6 for 11 as Baltimore took two of three from Seattle.
Sun. Aug 3, 2014 | STATS
News: Joseph hit a solo homer and a double in a 6-3 loss to Seattle on Saturday night.
Impact: Joseph, now batting .209, is 9 for 27 (.333) with three doubles in his last eight games.
Sun. Aug 3, 2014 | STATS
News: Machado had three hits for the second straight game in a 6-3 loss to Seattle on Saturday night.
Impact: Machado, now batting .275, is also 11 for 29 (.379) in his last six games.
Sat. Aug 2, 2014 | STATS
News: Chen was fully focused as he won his fifth consecutive start and had a season-high eight strikeouts Friday to lead the Baltimore Orioles to a 2-1 victory over the Mariners.
Impact: Chen shined even though his thoughts were with his family and friends thousands of miles away in his native Taiwan where a deadly gas explosion in Kaohsiung reportedly killed at least 25 people and injured close to 300. "Unfortunately back in my hometown there was a horrible accident," Chen said. "So today this win I would like to give out to my home people and I would like to send out my best wishes to them and hope everybody is all right there."
Sat. Aug 2, 2014 | STATS
News: Machado went 3 for 4 on Friday.
Impact: Machado is hitting .213 against lefties so keep that in mind when you use him.