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Tolleson refuses outright assignment, looks for major league job

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Tolleson refuses outright assignment, looks for major league job

Buck Showalter really likes Steve Tolleson. He’s one of those players who reminds the Orioles manager of himself.

Showalter coached with Tolleson’s father, Wayne, in the New York Yankees organization. The elder Tolleson played 10 years in the major leagues.

At 29, Steve Tolleson has played just 54 games.

Tolleson was the ultimate good soldier with the Orioles last season with multiple trips between Baltimore and Norfolk. He made one round trip within a day.

He ended up playing 29 games with a .183 batting average, two home runs and six RBIs. Tolleson rejoined the Orioles on Sept. 1, rarely playing, but staying with the team through the postseason, though he wasn’t on the roster.

Tolleson’s chances for staying didn’t look strong, and when Alexi Casilla was acquired, he fell farther down the second base depth chart.

Already, there’s Brian Roberts, Casilla, Ryan Flaherty and Omar Quintanilla. There’s no room for five second basemen on the 40-man roster. As soon as Casilla was added, Tolleson was dropped and outrighted to Norfolk. He’s refused the assignment.

Tolleson will look around and see if there are any better opportunities for a hard-working, versatile player. He can play the other infield positions and the outfield, too.

If there aren’t any spots available, he could return and try to work his way back to the major leagues.

He’s a good guy who was fun to have around in 2012. Too bad he probably won’t be around in 2013.

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Trey Mancini, the Orioles' lone bright spot, exits game after getting drilled with 92 MPH fastball

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Trey Mancini, the Orioles' lone bright spot, exits game after getting drilled with 92 MPH fastball

Trey Mancini, the Orioles' only hope at an All-Star, exited Baltimore's matinee against Oakland in the top of the first on Wednesday, after he was struck on the left elbow by a 92-mph fastball from the Athletics' starter Chris Bassitt.

Baltimore's Chris Davis pinch-ran for Mancini, who left the game almsot immediately after being hit. 

Baltimore announced on Twitter that Mancini exited the game with a left elbow contusion. 

Mancini, the Orioles' first baseman and outfielder, was a bright spot in a rather lackluster Baltimore lineup.

The only Oriole with a real chance at an All-Star selection, Mancini is batting .304 in 70 games and leads Baltimore with 84 hits, 18 doubles and 16 homers.

The 27 year-old also has one of the highest slugging percentages on the Orioles (.558).

Fans reacted with anguish on Twitter after Mancini exited the game.

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Orioles Roundup: Dwight Smith Jr. hitless in first rehab assignment

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Orioles Roundup: Dwight Smith Jr. hitless in first rehab assignment

The Orioles gave up six home runs in Tuesday night’s 16-2 loss to the Athletics in Oakland. Here are the latest news and notes.

Player Notes: 

  • In his first rehab game with Triple-A Norfolk, Dwight Smith Jr. (concussion) was hitless in four at-bats with two strikeouts and groundouts each. Smith Jr. played all 8.5 innings of Norfolk’s loss to the RailRiders.

  • In 5 and ⅓ innings pitched against Oakland Tuesday night, Gabriel Ynoa gave up seven hits and six runs (three home runs). He surfaces with a 5.65 ERA in five starts and nine relief appearances.

  • Rio Ruiz has sunk from starting third baseman to potential DFA candidate. Ruiz went 0-for-3 against the A’s on Tuesday and has gone 9-for-58 in nearly one month (since May 21).

Injuries:

  • RHP Josh Lucas (shoulder): 10-day IL, out indefinitely

  • OF Dwight Smith Jr. (concussion): 7-day IL, set to return June 20

  • OF DJ Stewart (ankle): 10-day IL, out indefinitely

  • SP Alex Cobb (back): 60-day IL, returns in 2020

  • SP Nate Karns (arm): 60-day IL, out indefinitely

  • DH Mark Trumbo (knee): 60-day IL, out indefinitely

Coming Up: 

Wednesday, 6/19: Orioles @ Athletics, 3:37 p.m. ET, Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum

Thursday, 6/20: Orioles @ Mariners, 10:10 p.m. ET, T-Mobile Park

Friday, 6/21: Orioles @ Mariners, 10:10 p.m. ET, T-Mobile Park

Source: Rotoworld

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