Hays' tight hamstring, bad bunt decision; Ruiz claimed on waivers; Orioles wear hockey jerseys - BaltimoreBaseball.com

Rich Dubroff

Hays’ tight hamstring, bad bunt decision; Ruiz claimed on waivers; Orioles wear hockey jerseys

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Austin Hays isn’t in the Orioles’ lineup for Monday night’s game against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. It’s because of a tight left hamstring. It isn’t because Hays annoyed manager Brandon Hyde by bunting with a runner on and none out in the ninth inning of Sunday’s game with the Orioles trailing the Nationals by a run.

“I talked to him a few hours ago and he’s available off the bench,” Hyde said. “For precautionary reasons, we’re not going to start him tonight.

After Hays sacrificed, Freddy Galvis flied out to right. With first base open, the Orioles’ best hitter, Trey Mancini, was walked intentionally. Left-handed reliever Brad Hand faced switch-hitter Anthony Santander, who struck out to end the game. ‘

“The conversation happened right when he came into the dugout,” Hyde said. “I’ve followed up since then [with coach Fredi González]. We wanted him to understand we wanted him to swing the bat in that situation.

“Let me dictate when you’re going to bunt, when you’re not going to bunt. In that situation, runner on first base, I don’t believe in sac bunting a good hitter in that spot. I don’t give an out away there. I want Austin to swing the bat. He understand, and, hopefully, you want see that going forward.”

Hunter Harvey update: Relief pitcher Hunter Harvey, who’s on the 60-day injured because of a left oblique injury, allowed two runs on three hits in two innings for Triple-A Norfolk on Sunday. Harvey struck out two.

“He threw the ball well yesterday, and felt good after his outing,” Hyde said.

Hyde isn’t sure when Harvey will pitch again.

Farewell, Rio Ruiz: Rio Ruiz, who was designated for assignment on May 25th when Stevie Wilkerson’s contract was purchased from Norfolk, was claimed on waivers by Colorado.


Ruiz ends his Orioles career with a .220 batting average, 24 homers and 84 RBIs in 213 games in the last three seasons.

Hello, Brandon Waddell: Left-hander Brandon Waddell joined the Orioles for Sunday’s game in Washington, but he didn’t pitch. Waddell, who was claimed on waivers by the Orioles from the Twins on May 8th, was 0-1 with an 11.25 ERA in four games this season with Minnesota.

Waddell, who pitched two games for Pittsburgh in 2020, is still getting familiar with the Orioles.

“It’s interesting. Baseball’s such a small world,” Waddell said. “Typically, you know somebody just about everywhere. Oddly, it was the same with the Twins. When I was claimed by the Twins, I didn’t know anyone there. It’s sort of fun to be able to meet all the new guys, meet a bunch of new people. It’s been exciting.”

A Capitals idea: For Sunday night’s flight from Washington to Minneapolis, the Orioles wore hockey jerseys. When Hyde was a Chicago Cubs coach, he saw manager Joe Maddon improve club morale by having the team dress up.

“It was planned,” Hyde said. “It was something I talked to the veteran guys about, any ideas they have from a road trip standpoint, doing things that are fun that guys enjoy, I’m all for. This is an idea they had a handful of days ago, and guys seemed to like it. It’s always nicer to get on a plane after a win … Anything you can do with your club to keep the atmosphere good … when you’re traveling and times are tough, you want to stay positive. Guys seemed to like the hockey jerseys.”

Some players wore jerseys of their favorite teams. Mancini had a New York Islanders jersey. Michigan native Paul Fry wore one representing the Detroit Red Wings. One member of the traveling party wore a Western Hockey League Spokane Chiefs’ jersey.

Hyde wore a Washington Capitals jersey.

His Alex Ovechkin jersey wasn’t terribly lucky. The Capitals were eliminated by the Boston Bruins in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs around the time the plane landed in Minnesota.

Minor Matters: Delmarva infielder Jordan Westburg was named the Low-A East Player of the Week for May 18-23.

It’s the second straight week a Shorebirds infielder has won the award. Gunnar Henderson captured it the week before. Westburg, who was the 30th overall pick in the 2020 draft, hit .529 (10-for-19) with a homer and five RBIs.

Aberdeen right-hander Grayson Rodriguez was named High-A East Pitcher of the Week. Rodriguez allowed a run on a hit in six innings, striking out eight in his start.

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  1. Massmonster

    May 24, 2021 at 6:21 pm

    if any of the 3 double plays not completed- that most teams make- the O’s would of won the game

    • Massmonster

      May 24, 2021 at 6:26 pm

      you can have a good fielding percentage and not be a good fielding team if you don’t get to balls other teams usually do and don’t complete double plays other teams usually complete.

      • TrollingAgainstNegativeNonsenseSince2009

        May 24, 2021 at 7:29 pm

        The Orioles are in the bottom third in range and DPs but are ranked 6th in overall team defense due to strong arms and letting up a low number of unearned runs. Always room for improvement, not always helpful to maintain a myopic focus on the negative…

        Happy CP? Happy BRR? I didn’t pick on you two delicate fellas

  2. Massmonster

    May 24, 2021 at 8:18 pm

    there’s no errors on unturned double plays if you look back an inordinate amount of those runners scored and have ruined pitchers eras and a chance for wins.O’s era in last 10 games over 9 many of those runners who should have routinely been wiped off the bases.Not to speak of innings not ending and dragging on for multiple runs to score

    • BarstoolSleeper

      May 24, 2021 at 9:13 pm

      You can’t assume a double play when scoring a game.

    • Massmonster

      May 24, 2021 at 9:46 pm

      of course not when scoring a game but you certainly can whene evaluating a game and your eyes tell you that double play should have been made .The whole point of this is it’s not just the lack of pitching and hitting on the O’s it goes beyond.

  3. CalsPals

    May 24, 2021 at 8:49 pm

    24 yr old, left handed batter, right handed thrower takes Means yard…go O’s…

    • Boog Robinson Robinson

      May 24, 2021 at 9:53 pm

      He was also a teammate of Rutschman’s at Oregon St.

  4. Os4life

    May 24, 2021 at 10:32 pm

    If Means could get some offense his record would be 6-0and possibly 7-0 wit some runs tonight.

  5. Os4life

    May 24, 2021 at 10:37 pm

    Henderson and westburg are tearing it up plus Adley and Hall.The future looks bright baby.

    • Massmonster

      May 24, 2021 at 11:41 pm

      if your gonna tank and sacrifice whole baseball seasons admittance to Camden Yards during the tank season should be 1 dollar.

  6. Os4life

    May 24, 2021 at 11:18 pm

    What did i tell you.Poor Means.valdez is a mop,he has no pitches his fastball tops out at 83mph.

    • Massmonster

      May 24, 2021 at 11:29 pm

      this one’s on Scott he has proven he does not belong in the late innings.The O’s have proven they are the worst team in BB – Elias is happy

  7. dlgruber1

    May 25, 2021 at 12:37 am

    So I follow most of the games on my phone and I see after the rain delay DJ goes deep to give the O’s the lead and potentially give Means a well earned victory. By the time I can check my phone again I see they lost 8-3. Means gives up 5 hits and 2 runs in 7 and the pen gives up 6 runs and 7 hits in 1. Wow!!

    • CalsPals

      May 25, 2021 at 6:44 am

      Valdez should play in mop up duty, EVERY team has figured his gimmicks out, Scott needs a psychologist…go O’s…

  8. BalBall

    May 25, 2021 at 9:33 am

    Hi Rich,

    Thanks for including that information about the guys wearing hockey jerseys. That’s neat stuff to hear about.

    Down here in Jacksonville the Jumbo Shrimp wore and sold a hockey jersey of the Jacksonville Icemen hockey team (ECHL). The Icemen wore and sold an Icemen hockey jersey. Fun swag..

    Got to see the Tides here a couple of weeks ago. Talked to Gary Kendall , Ritchie Martin and Stevie Wilkerson before Ritchie got hurt and Stevie got called up. They will be back in a couple of weeks. I have season tickets to the Shrimp

    • Rich Dubroff

      May 25, 2021 at 9:47 am

      Thanks for writing. I see that the Jumbo
      Shrimp play near the Jaguars, so that’s a good location. Gary, Richie and Stevie are all good guys.

      The hockey jerseys were fun to write about. Is always nice when there’s something different.

    • BalBball

      May 25, 2021 at 10:05 am

      Rich, I had to register again when I commented and forgot to sign my name. It’s Jeff Maynard (Trembley shirt) You’re exactly right. The Jags stadium, the Bball stadium and the hockey arena boarder each other and share mutual parking lots

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