BALTIMORE-Jonathan Villar is in the starting lineup for Saturday night’s game, and he has played in each of the Orioles’ 109 games this season. Villar has started 106 games and entered in the late innings three times.
Villar would like for the record to show that he played in all 162 games for the Orioles in 2019.
“That’s very important for me,” Villar said. “Play the whole year, every game, that’s unbelievable. One-hundred sixty-two games, it’s not like everybody’s doing that.”
The Orioles are a franchise known for durable players. Cal Ripken’s unassailable consecutive game record of 2,632 won’t be approached, but in recent years, three Orioles have played in every game.
Adam Jones (2012), Manny Machado (2015) and Jonathan Schoop (2016) each have played 162 games. Villar’s best came in 2016, when he played 156 games for Milwaukee.
“Now, I want to play the whole year,” Villar said.
Manager Brandon Hyde says he’s not trying to create an ironman.
“It’s not my goal,” Hyde said. “It’s not important to me, but Jonny Villar plays with energy and never wants to come out.
“He never wants a day off. There’s a lot of days where I feel like I probably should have given him one. I’ll talk to him about that, and we’ll go from there. I love having guys that want to play every day. That’s a luxury to have is guys that are like that. You also have to make sure they are taken care of.”
Villar isn’t interested in a day off.
“I don’t want it,” Villar said. “I prepared my body to play every day.”
Deep bullpen, short bench: The Orioles recalled right-handed pitcher Branden Kline from Triple-A Norfolk and designated infielder Jose Rondon for assignment.
The move gives them 14 pitchers and two bench players.
Hyde said that Miguel Castro has been sick and unavailable, and the Orioles needed to cover themselves. It’s Kline’s fifth stint with the Orioles this season.
“It comes with the business,” Kline said about the multiple moves. “We all understand what’s going on. The mindset that we have down there is to be ready … any time you can come up here and showcase what you can do. Whether you go back or you don’t, it leaves a positive impression on everybody.”
Kline is 1-4 with a 6.18 ERA in 21 games with the Orioles He’s 1-1 with a 7.80 ERA in 13 games with Norfolk.
The Orioles also acquired left-hander pitcher Ty Blach on waivers from the San Francisco Giants.
Rondon, who was claimed on waivers on Monday from the Chicago White Sox, played one game and didn’t get a hit in his only at-bat.
Blach is 15-19 with a 4.56 ERA in 87 games with the Giants over the last four seasons. He’s made 39 starts.
Looking ahead: Hyde probably will use a bullpen game against the New York Yankees on Monday. He limited Gabriel Ynoa to two innings on Friday night to make sure he could be extended in Monday’s game.
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