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For the third time this season, the Orioles have put a position player on the mound


For the third time this season, the Orioles have put a position player on the mound

It is rarely a good situation when a team has a position player take the mound. Usually, it's because one team is losing by plenty of runs, and don't want to waste a bullpen arm on a game that has already been decided.

For the Orioles, a lot more has gone wrong than right thus far in 2019. They are 1-10 at home, and only two teams in all of baseball have a worse overall record.

On Monday, Baltimore was blown out by the Chicago White Sox, 12-2, behind three different four-run innings. With the game well in hand, the Orioles put catcher Jesus Sucre on the mound to pitch the ninth.

It's the third time Baltimore has used a position player to pitch this season. It's the second time in three days, as Chris Davis took the mound for the Orioles on Saturday. The 2019 season is just barely over three weeks old.

No matter how bad Baltimore was expected to be, this situation is never ideal.

Sucre did pitch a scoreless ninth, however. The next time the Orioles are in a lopsided game, don't be surprised if he takes the mound again.


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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).


  • 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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Orioles Roundup: O's drop series opener in Oakland

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Orioles Roundup: O's drop series opener in Oakland

The Baltimore Orioles are now on a six-game losing streak after dropping the opening game of their series 3-2 to the Oakland Athletics.

Here's the lastest news on the Orioles, who are now 21-51:

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After missing his previous start against the Red Sox with a "hot spot" on his right middle finger, pitcher Andrew Cashner allowed three runs, only one of which was earned, over six innings on Monday night. In the outing, Cashner gave up four hits and allowed a walk, while striking out two batters. He was not helped by the Orioles' defense, who allowed two unearned runs. Cashner's ERA drops to 4.48 with a 27/11 K/BB ratio and a 1.34 WHIP over 76 1/3 innings.

Hanser Alberto went 1-for-2 with an RBI on Monday night. In the second inning, his RBI gave the Orioles a 2-1 lead on a safety squeeze. Alberto added a single in the seventh inning. The second baseman has displayed some strong play recently and is hitting .312/.329/.385 with three home runs and 20 RBI over 205 at-bats this season.

Dwight Smith Jr. (concussion) will begin his rehab assignment with Triple-A Norfolk on Tuesday. He is slated to play two games for Norfolk, and if all goes well, the outfielder should rejoin the Orioles on Thursday in Seattle.

The Orioles have purchased the contract of LHP Sean Gilmartin from Triple-A Norfolk. He holds a 2.48 ERA and 40/11 K/BB ratio over 36 1/3 innings for Norfolk this year. Although Gilmartin has been used mostly in relief over the last few years, he does have plenty of starting experience.

With Gilmartin coming up, OF Joey Rickard has been designated for assignment. The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Gilmartin. Rickard is a .245/.299/.372 hitter over his four-year career in the majors and likely has a good chance of clearing waivers.


Mike Fiers allowed two runs over 6 2/3 innings on Monday night. The right-hander only gave up three hits, while striking out four and walking two. Fiers has gone at least six innings in six consecutive games for the A's and has not allwed more than three runs in any start since April 20.

Marcus Semien went 1-for-2 and scored two runs on Monday night. The shortstop reached based three times, increasing his OBP to .365. Simien is also averaging .280 on the season with a .443 slugging mark. He is currently on a 14-game hitting streak.

Blake Treinen threw a hitless ninth inning with a strikeout on Monday night to pick up the save. The outing saw his season totals rise to 36 stiekouts over 35 1/3 innings, while his ERA dropped 3.31 with 16 saves in 18 chances.


RP Josh Lucas: Shoulder, 10-day IL

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

Coming Up:

Tuesday 6/18: Orioles @ Oakland A's, 10:07 p.m., Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum

Wednesday 6/19: Orioles @ Oakland A's, 3:37 p.m., Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum

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

Source: Rotoworld