Orioles promote Nevin with Mancini, Mountcastle out; Grayson Rodriguez goes to Bowie - BaltimoreBaseball.com

Rich Dubroff

Orioles promote Nevin with Mancini, Mountcastle out; Grayson Rodriguez goes to Bowie

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With Trey Mancini and Ryan Mountcastle sidelined, the Orioles needed first base help and recalled Tyler Nevin from Triple-A Norfolk.

Nevin, who was obtained in the trade that sent right-handed reliever Mychal Givens to the Colorado Rockies last August 31st, was batting .212 with five home runs and 11 RBIs in 17 games for Triple-A Norfolk. He’ll turn 24 on Saturday.

Nevin is batting eighth and playing first base for the Orioles in their game at Chicago on Friday night. The Orioles are trying to end a 10-game losing streak.

Mancini suffered a bruised right elbow when he was hit by a pitch from Chicago’s Dylan Cease on Thursday night and left the game in the first inning. Mountcastle was hit on his left hand on Tuesday night and suffered a bruise. He hasn’t played since.

“We dodged a bullet with Mancini,” manager Brandon Hyde said. “He’s feeling a lot better. The elbow’s still sore, but he feels like he should be good to go in the next day or two, so we’re encouraged by that.

“Mountcastle’s hand is also feeling a lot better today. He’s taking some swings in the cage right now. I’m hoping he’ll potentially be available off the bench tonight and maybe get a start this weekend.”

Pat Valaika filled in at first base after Mancini left the game, and the Orioles could have had Valaika and Stevie Wilkerson play at first and promoted a middle infielder.

“We thought about numerous moves,” Hyde said. “But we decided to give Tyler an opportunity to play first base tonight and see what he could do. We discussed a lot of things, but we’re going with Tyler.”

Nevin, the son of New York Yankees third base coach Phil Nevin, was with the Orioles during spring training. Nevin also can play third, left and right field.

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“I was texting with his dad this afternoon, congratulating him and his family for Tyler making his debut tonight,” Hyde said. “He’s got some pop, kind of a corner guy that can hit some homers for you. In spring training, I thought he used the whole field well. He put some power numbers up in Norfolk.

“Hopefully, against [White Sox starter Dallas Keuchel], he’ll take some good at-bats and not too anxious making his debut tonight. Looking forward to watching him …”

To make room for Nevin on the roster, the Orioles optioned left-handed pitcher Brandon Waddell to Norfolk. Waddell pitched a scoreless inning in Thursday night’s 5-1 loss to the White Sox.

Nevin will be the 37th player used by the Orioles in their 51st game.

Rodriguez moves up to Bowie: Grayson Rodriguez, who was the Orioles’ first pick in the 2018 draft, was promoted from High-A Aberdeen to Double-A Bowie.

The 21-year-old right-hander was 3-0 with a 1.54 ERA in five starts for the IronBirds, allowing just 11 hits in 23 1/3 innings, striking out 40 and walking just five.

Rodriguez pitched on Thursday for Aberdeen. His debut for the Baysox will come next week when the team is on the road. His first game at Prince George’s Stadium likely will be when Bowie returns from its road trip against Akron the week of June 15th.

Holmes filling in: Darren Holmes, who’s normally in the bullpen, has been filling in for Chris Holt, the team’s pitching coach, while he’s been on personal leave this month. He’s had to counsel some of the Orioles’ young pitchers, particularly Dean Kremer, who was sent to Triple-A Norfolk earlier this week.

“Sometimes getting sent down is actually a blessing in disguise,” Holmes said. “It gives a player a blow from the magnitude of the stress that goes on here early single day of competing. You want to do well for your team.

“You get down and you get a little bit of a breather. To go down, still pitching, still doing the stuff that you do every day, your normal routine, it’s the same thing, it’s just not [in] his environment. It can be really good for them to do that.”

Holmes said that late in his 13-year major league career he accepted a minor league assignment, even when he didn’t have options, and it turned out well for him.

“No one wants to get sent down,” he said. “You always want to be in the big leagues, but at the same time, once they get there, I usually tell them: ‘You don’t know this, but this is probably the best thing that’s going to happen to you.’”

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17 Comments

17 Comments

  1. DontFeedTheTrollPepsi

    May 28, 2021 at 6:47 pm

    Not sure how the Orioles score tonight unfortunately. Tough breaks with Mountcastle, Mancini, Hays all out..,

    Too bad Chance “capitalize on this Chance” does not get start #3 in a row. I will ponder this while flying United and sipping on Pepsi.

  2. Bumble bee

    May 28, 2021 at 6:48 pm

    One way or another we get the young guys up

  3. Baltimore Castaway

    May 28, 2021 at 7:13 pm

    Darren Holmes seems like a very recent human who has jumped into the breech during Holt’s absence.

    It will be good when they can pull out of this rough patch..

    I do wish that Hyde would give Chance Cisco an opportunity to see if the kid can hit….they have nothing to lose really.

    • DontFeedTheTrollPepsi

      May 28, 2021 at 7:26 pm

      0-4 last night with, checks notes, 4 strike outs…Hyde should’ve started Sisco again tonight yepper

      • mlbbirdfan

        May 29, 2021 at 9:13 am

        Rich, or anyone: what is the overall batting average for MLB this season? Is it > .212?

    • CalsPals

      May 28, 2021 at 7:29 pm

      Agree with you BC, the sporadic starts aren’t good for anyone, as well as the ever changing batting order, players aren’t sure what direction will be up…it is what Mikey & Hyde decide it is…go O’s…

      • DontFeedTheTrollPepsi

        May 28, 2021 at 7:34 pm

        I am Chance Sisco, I am batting 0.145 this season, but dag gone it! It’s all because of my sporadic starts. I got to play just about full time in 2019 July-September and my batting was still pretty lousy. But I do appreciate CalsPals always commenting that I have never been given a fair shake and, dag gone it, all this changing batter order makes my poor lil head spin and makes me strike out 4 times in one game, so yeah, I’ve been given a severe short shrift as you well know…

  4. 33d St

    May 28, 2021 at 7:24 pm

    Hope Trey’s back quick. In the meantime I’m intrigued to see what Nevin can do. At this point I’m fine with them calling up Diaz, Grayson Rodriguez, Rutschsman, Gunnar Henderson, Vavra, both Halls, whoever else they got for Machado, and the Dominican teenagers they got for Cashner. I mean really at this point, we have nothing to lose but our losing streak.

  5. DontFeedTheTrollPepsi

    May 28, 2021 at 7:27 pm

    Kelenic batting average 0.145
    Gilbert ERA 7.59

    CalPals? You still here bruh?

  6. AZ ORIOLES Fan

    May 28, 2021 at 7:50 pm

    So Waddell pitches a scoreless inning and is demoted; Valdez gets hammered AGAIN and he stays.
    What am I missing?

    • Rich Dubroff

      May 28, 2021 at 7:57 pm

      What you’re missing is that the Orioles needed a temporary replacement for two injured first basemen, and that Waddell, who has options remaining can easily be sent down while Valdez, who doesn’t have options remaining can’t.

  7. Boog Robinson Robinson

    May 28, 2021 at 8:11 pm

    Looking forward to watching Nevin play ball, however I wish he were filling in at 3rd instead of 1st base. Yeah, and I know, he doesn’t have great defensive reputation there.
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    • WorldlyView

      May 28, 2021 at 9:52 pm

      What he may have lacked defensively at Norfolk, he arguably made up with offense (BA against AAA pitchers this year, as noted by Rich, is .212).

    • cedar

      May 29, 2021 at 4:14 am

      If he plays well while filling in for Mancini and Mountcastle maybe we get to see him at 3rd, upon their return.

    • dlgruber1

      May 29, 2021 at 4:37 am

      Wound you listen to us, pinning our hopes on a minor leaguer hitting .212. Are we pathetic or what? This is what the O’s have reduced us to.

  8. mlbbirdfan

    May 29, 2021 at 9:18 am

    Overall MLB BA is .236. Lowest ever, by far!

    • mlbbirdfan

      May 29, 2021 at 9:20 am

      Orioles .233
      Whiners gonna whine.
      Meh

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