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Rich Dubroff

Gilmartin has been worthy addition to Orioles

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BOSTON— Even in a lost season, there are some positives for the Orioles. One of them is left-hander Sean Gilmartin, who was signed to a minor league contract on July 13.

Gilmartin was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk on Aug. 11 and has proven to be a valuable member of the bullpen. In 11 games, Gilmartin is 1-0 with a 2.88 ERA.

The 28-year-old is one of the few Orioles with postseason experience. He recorded two outs in Game 2 of the 2015 World Series for the New York Mets. Gilmartin was taken in the December 2014 Rule 5 draft by the Mets and started a game for them in 2015 and 2016.

Although the Orioles have lost 10 of the 11 games in which Gilmartin has worked, he’s saved the bullpen by pitching multiple innings. He pitched 4 2/3 innings on Sept. 17, giving up one run, and on Monday, Gilmartin threw four shutout innings, allowing just one hit.

“Sean Gilmartin’s taking an opportunity he’s getting and running with it,” manager Buck Showalter said. “Regardless of whether it’s September or August or whatever, those are the things you go home and remember. He’s pitching with a purpose. He’s trying to make a team next year. That’s the way it’s supposed to be this time of year.”

Orioles, Red Sox rained out

For the seventh time this season, an Orioles game has been postponed because of inclement weather. Five of the postponements have come at home, and the other two have been at Fenway Park.

Tuesday’s game was postponed nearly five hours before its scheduled 7:10 p.m. start. It will be made up as part of a day-night doubleheader on Wednesday. The first game begins at 1:05 p.m., and the second at 7:10.

Ryan Meisinger will start the first game. No starting pitcher has been announced for the second game. David Price and Chris Sale are the expected starters for the Red Sox.

The Orioles and Red Sox were scheduled to play on Patriots Day, April 16, but a dire forecast caused it to be postponed the day before.

Hunter Harvey update

Hunter Harvey, whose 2018 season ended in early June because of a shoulder injury, received good news when he was examined by Orioles team physicians on Monday.

The 23-year-old right-hander, who was the Orioles’ top draft pick in 2013, was found to have no structural damage in his surgically repaired right elbow, according to an industry source. Harvey has been diagnosed with tendinitis.

Harvey’s latest injury occurred in Sarasota last week when he abruptly stopped throwing after pain in his elbow.

Orioles minor league signings

The Orioles announced that they had re-signed eight players to minor league contracts. Most notable on the list were catcher Martin Cevenka, left-handed pitcher Chris Lee and first baseman Ryan Ripken.

Cervenka, who was signed as a minor league free agent last year after seven seasons in the Cleveland organization, batted .258 with Double-A Bowie. He had 15 home runs and 60 RBIs and was named the Eastern League Player of the Month for July.

He could be assigned to the Arizona Fall League and has a good chance of being added to the Orioles’ 40-man roster.

Lee was a hot prospect in 2016 and 2017 but injuries and ineffectiveness caused him to be removed from the Orioles’ 40-man roster this year. He was 1-4 with a 6.75 ERA in 18 games for Bowie, Norfolk and Rookie League Gulf Coast.

Ripken, son of Orioles legend Cal Ripken Jr., hit .244 with seven home runs and 44 RBIs for Low-A Delmarva.

Also re-signed were right-handed pitcher Cristian Alvarado, catcher Daniel Fajardo, infielder Anderson Feliz, first baseman Wilson Garcia and right-hander Francisco Jimenez.

Alvarado was 12-11 with a 4.18 ERA at High-A Frederick, Fajardo hit .271 with four homers and 27 RBIs for the Keys, Feliz hit .276 with 10 home runs and 52 RBIs for the Baysox and Tides, Garcia hit .295 with 23 home runs and 70 RBIs for Frederick, and Jimenez was 1-4 with a 7.36 ERA in 25 games for Norfolk and the Keys.

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. boss61

    September 25, 2018 at 6:42 pm

    Yes Rich, Excellent piece. Concur fully in Gilmartin. Ditto Fry and Meisinger. We have some quality building blocks there, for the future. All three have been much better than I expected. Rogers and Hess may be serviceable in the back end of the rotation too. A greater ongoing concern is — who hits? BTW I expect nothing, ever, from Hunter Harvey. Adam Loewyn 2.0. Sadly.

    • Rich Dubroff

      September 25, 2018 at 10:18 pm

      Thank you, Boss. Too many concerns to list.

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