Today is expected to be one of possible moves for the Orioles – especially with reliever Richard Bleier likely going to the disabled list with a lat injury
The assumption is the Orioles will call up a lefty reliever – Tanner Scott or Donnie Hart – to fill Bleier’s spot.
There’s also the possibility that Wednesday’s starter, Yefry Ramirez, will go back to Triple-A Norfolk, because he won’t be able to be used for several days and the Orioles might want another fresh bullpen arm.
In addition, the Orioles have summoned 29-year-old infielder Corban Joseph from Double-A Bowie today, according to a source.
It’s not clear whether Joseph will be activated today or is in Baltimore simply as an insurance policy for the potential of further moves.
Joseph, the younger brother of Triple-A Norfolk catcher Caleb, hasn’t been in the majors since his lone appearance on May 13, 2013 – starting and playing in both games of a doubleheader for the New York Yankees, the team that drafted him in the fourth round in 2008. If he gets into a game with the Orioles, Joseph will have made it back to the big leagues after five-plus years in the minors with four organizations.
Joseph has spent this full season with the Double-A Bowie Baysox and has been tremendous at the plate, hitting .336 with a .394 on-base percentage and a .550 slugging percentage. He has 21 doubles and eight homers in 59 games with the Baysox while starting at second base, first base, third base and designated hitter.
His brother, Caleb, was the Orioles’ Opening Day catcher this season, but was demoted in mid-May to Norfolk, where he has hit .272 with two homers and 13 RBIs in 81 at-bats.
If the two were on the same big league team together, it would mark the first set of brothers playing together for the Orioles since Billy and Cal Ripken Jr., in 1996.