Nick Markakis and Brian Roberts have been with the Orioles the longest. Roberts first season was 2001, and Markakis came five years later.The two have gone through years of losing, and now with the team challenging for its first postseason spot since 1997, Markakis and Roberts wont be a part of all the fun.It really tugs at your heart, manager Buck Showalter said.On Sunday, Markakis was on the bench. The scoreboard flashed a sign that read: Get well soon, Nick.Showalter also made note that Nolan Reimold is also missing out. He hasnt played since the seasons first month because of a herniated disc. Reimold is rehabbing at his home in Jacksonville, Fla. Roberts is in Sarasota. Fla.You know how much the Orioles mean to them and having a chance to participate in this team of year, I think more than anything, it tugs at your heart.I dont care how hardened you are by this game, if you dont have some sensitivity to that, you lose me.Not only are the injured Orioles missing out on possible postseason play, theyve never even played on a team thats won 79 games.I get the texts from Brian. Hes watching our games, Showalter said.Just because things are delayed doesnt mean theyre denied.Its not that comforting, but its something youve got to keep in mind. Theres nothing you can say that softens the blow personally. I tell you what softens the blow is winning the game.
Entering a weekend series against one of the best teams in baseball, the Orioles looked for their first series win since late April. Even though the team played some good baseball, the search will continue on as Baltimore could only salvage one game.
Looking to break the streak, a three-game stretch with Toronto offers them a chance to change the fortunes.
Here's the latest Orioles and Blue Jays news:
The Orioles made a trade on Monday that netted them right-hander Thomas Eshelman from the Phillies. Sending back international signing bonus slots in return, Baltimore picks up a starter that has a 4.61 ERA in the minors this season. His journey with the Orioles will begin at Triple-A Norfolk.
As he continues to rehab from a knee injury, Mark Trumbo could return to the Major League in the near future. The slugger was in Baltimore Monday to have his knee looked at, and his rehab assignment comes to an end on June 16. So, a decision will be coming soon.
John Means will take the hill on Tuesday looking for his sixth win of the season. Sitting at 5-4 with a 2.67 ERA, Means 2019 has been a solid one. He's coming off six innings of one-run ball against the Rangers, though he did still suffer the loss.
Things may not be going great a the MLB level, but the Blue Jays are getting some good performances from their farm system. One of them came recently from Double-A starter Nate Pearson. With five scoreless innings on Sunday, the 22-year-old continued his stellar 2019 campaign. His K/BB catches your eye, as it sits at 63/8.
David Phelps rehab from Tommy John surgery continues to trend upwards, as he pitched a scoreless frame on both Tuesday and Wednesday in High-A ball.
Trent Thornton will go for Toronto on Tuesday. With a 1-4 record in 13 starts, he'll look to lower his 4.73 ERA. Thornton did pick up a win against the Yankees his last time out, but four earned runs in 5.0 innings led to his ERA actually increasing.
OF Dwight Smith Jr.: Concussion, 7-Day IL
OF DJ Stewart: Ankle, 10-Day IL
SP Alex Cobb: Back, 60-Day IL
SP Nate Karns: Arm, 60-Day IL
DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, 60-Day IL
Tuesday 6/11: Orioles vs. Blue Jays, 7:05 p.m. ET, Orioles Park
Wednesday 6/12: Orioles vs. Blue Jays, 7:00 p.m. ET, Orioles Park
Thursday 6/13: Orioles vs. Blue Jays, 7:00 p.m. ET, Orioles Park
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When the first returns of the American League preliminary vote for the 2019 MLB All-Star Game came in Monday, there were a few surprises on the list of the top vote-getters in each position.
Amongst the most surprising, Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis received 70,010 votes from fans, the tenth-most votes at his position.
After a rough start to the season, in which the first baseman extended his hitless streak to 54 at-bats, Davis is still struggling to find his groove at the plate, batting .161 with five home runs.
Baltimore outfielder Trey Mancini was the only other Oriole on the list, receiving the 17th-most votes of any AL outfielder (100,457).
Unlike Davis, Mancini is batting .299, the second-highest average in Baltimore behind Hanser Alberto (.311), with 13 homers and 31 RBIs so far.
Other surprises on the list include the Cleveland Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis, who received the tenth-most votes of any American League second baseman (50,065). This season Kipnis has slashed .218/.272/.307, with only two home runs.
Less surprising, the Los Angeles Angels Mike Trout received close to a million votes, the most of any American League ballplayer and the most of any outfielder in the first returns (951,002).
Only three other players had more than 500,000 votes: Houston Astros outfielder George Springer (776,352), New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (737,107) and Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman (630,159).
All four of the top vote-getters have 17 or more home runs, including Sanchez' 19 blasts, which are tied for the second-most in the American League.
Primary voting for the 2019 MLB All-Star Game ends at 4 p.m. ET on Friday, June 21.