August 2007 - Baltimore Orioles Wiretap
O's Bedard To Miss Next Start
Orioles LHP Erik Bedard will miss his scheduled start in Boston on Saturday because of a strained muscle in his right side, Baltimore Manager Dave Trembley said yesterday. Bedard, the major league strikeout leader with 221, is not expected to miss more than one turn in the rotation. "He woke up and felt some discomfort. I asked him how long he's been like that, and he said three or four weeks," Trembley said. "He said it didn't affect his ability to pitch. He has marked improvement today, but I'm going to skip him on Saturday."
Trembley Will Manage Orioles In 2008
Dave Trembley's audition lasted a little more than two months, long enough for Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail to decide that Trembley is the right man to lead the organization next season. The Orioles will hold a news conference today to announce that Trembley's contract will be extended through the 2008 season, according to several team sources. MacPhail declined last night to confirm that a decision has been reached, but said: "I don't think that anyone makes a secret of the good job that Dave is doing. I think the results speak for themselves."
Orioles' Ray Might Sit Until 2009
The Orioles knew closer Chris Ray probably would be out for the season, but they expected to have him back next year. However, that changed Thursday when what started as a procedure to remove a bone spur from Ray's right elbow revealed the need for more extensive ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction surgery. Renowned orthopedist Dr. James Andrews performed the procedure, commonly known as Tommy John surgery, Thursday in Birmingham, Ala., and Ray likely will be sidelined for all of 2008. "You lose a pitcher of his caliber, it's a difficult thing to replace," Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail said. "But I think we all feel for his career and for ourselves, the sooner we know the better. We've got an offseason now to try to address it as opposed to [having] this happen in May. It really would've been that much worse. It's not good news to begin with, but that really would have been bad as well."
Baltimore Gives Matt Wieters $6 Million Signing Bonus
The Orioles and first-round draft pick Matt Wieters agreed to a contract Wednesday night with a $6 million signing bonus. Wieters, a catcher from Georgia Tech, was selected fifth overall in the June draft. He is represented by agent Scott Boras.
Bedard Records 200th Strikeout
By striking out Wilson Betemit in the first inning of Wednesday's game against the New York Yankees, Erik Bedard has reached 200 strikeouts on the season. Bedard struck out 171 last season.
Rockies Tracking Trachsel?
There are reportedly growing indications that the Rockies are tracking Baltimore's Steve Trachsel as they consider trade options.
Baltimore Won't Give Tejada Away
Miguel Tejada takes it all in stride, including reports the White Sox claimed him on waivers and were interested in trading for him before the Orioles pulled him back. "I don't really pay attention to that," Tejada said. "What can I say? That's the front office. I don't know how they do it. I just work here, and whatever happens, happens." The Orioles may trade him this winter but won't just dump his contract. They will want good players?most likely a young pitcher or two?in return. The White Sox wouldn't give up John Danks or Gio Gonzalez to get him but might part with Jon Garland and a pitcher or two from a group that includes Faustino de los Santos, Lance Broadway, Heath Phillips and Charlie Haeger.
Shoulder Injury Ends Gibbons' Season
Orioles outfielder Jay Gibbons will have surgery Tuesday to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder, prematurely ending one of the most disappointing seasons of his professional career. Gibbons decided to have the surgery Monday after an arthrogram confirmed a "fairly substantial" tear in the front of his shoulder that Gibbons thinks occurred when he dived for a ball in the outfield in late May. Gibbons will likely remain active with the club through the homestand that ends tomorrow before going on the disabled list for the rest of the season. The surgery will be performed by Cincinnati Reds team physician Timothy Kremchek, who also did the ligament-transplant surgery on Brian Roberts' left elbow in September 2005.
Indians Claim Gomez Off Waivers From Orioles
The Indians claimed veteran infielder Chris Gomez off waivers from the Orioles on Thursday. The move was made prior to the Indians' series finale against the White Sox.
Mariners Acquire Parrish From Baltimore
The Mariners on Thursday acquired lefthander John Parrish from the Orioles for minor league outfielder Sebastien Boucher. Parrish will switch clubhouses as the Mariners finish up their three-game series at Camden Yards on Thursday night.