Orioles-Blue Jays postponed; Lowther goes to Norfolk, Anderson to Baltimore; Means update - BaltimoreBaseball.com

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Orioles-Blue Jays postponed; Lowther goes to Norfolk, Anderson to Baltimore; Means update

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BALTIMORE-The Orioles announced postponement of Thursday night’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays because rain was forecast to begin about 6 o’clock and last through the night. Although it wasn’t raining at the time, the team made the call at 5:25 for a game scheduled to start at 7:05.

The game will be made up on Saturday, September 11th as part of a doubleheader. The first game will begin at 4:35 p.m.

The Blue Jays have a game at Tampa Bay on Friday night while the Orioles are home for a three-game series against the Chicago White Sox before the All-Star break.

Dillon Tate was scheduled to be the opener on Thursday night with Keegan Akin to follow. Jorge López will start on Friday night against the White Sox.

It’s the fifth postponement this season. The first four were made up the day after the rainout.

Norfolk, Bowie and Delmarva’s scheduled games also were postponed because of the effects of Tropical Storm Elsa.

Lowther optioned, Anderson arrives: The Orioles optioned left-hander Zac Lowther to Triple-A Norfolk and recalled right-hander Shaun Anderson from Norfolk.

Lowther is 0-1 with a 10.80 ERA in five games. He allowed a run on two hits in two innings in Wednesday night’s 10-2 loss to the Blue Jays.

Anderson, who was claimed on waivers from the Texas Rangers on Saturday, will pitch short relief, according to manager Brandon Hyde.


“He hasn’t pitched in a while,” Hyde said. “He’ll be in the bullpen, try and get him some appearances because he hasn’t been on the mound for a while.”

Anderson had a 9.35 ERA in four early-season appearances with Minnesota. He was claimed by Texas on June 18th. Anderson last pitched in a game on June 24th with Triple-A Round Rock.

When he pitches in a game, he’ll become the 47th player used this season by the Orioles.

Means going to Bowie: John Means, who’s on the 10-day injured list because of a left shoulder strain, will get his second rehab start on Friday night in Bowie. Means allowed a run in two innings on Sunday at Aberdeen.

“He’s going to go tomorrow probably, three to four innings, depending how he feels, how long the innings are,” Hyde said.

Means is scheduled to make a start next week for Triple-A Norfolk while the Orioles are on the All-Star break. They’ll resume play on July 16th in Kansas City.

“Then he’s going to join us in Kansas City,” Hyde said. “I’m projecting that his next start with us will probably be early on with the Rays series (July 19-21), probably the fourth or fifth game after the break.”

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  1. Bumble bee

    July 8, 2021 at 4:59 pm

    See we are progressing with our pitchers. We are sending a 10.0 era down and getting a guy who is a full one run better. Progress Go O’s

  2. Ekim

    July 8, 2021 at 5:06 pm

    The reject-arama continues! Or it could be called “dispose a pitcher”. One appearance and gone. Why anyone would pay money to see this farce of what they are trying to foist off as Major League Baseball is beyond me. Bowie, here I come!

    • Boog Robinson Robinson

      July 8, 2021 at 7:29 pm

      “foist off” …had to look that one up tonite. Awesome Ekim! Sounds kinda nasty, but not so. Will try to incorporate that in the course of some conversation tomorrow!

  3. CalsPals

    July 8, 2021 at 5:15 pm

    When Means pitches in Bowie wonder how he’ll like pitching to an MLB catcher?…go O’s…

    • dlgruber1

      July 8, 2021 at 5:28 pm

      Ouch! I would say that’s cruel but honestly, it’s simply being truthful. I wonder, seriously, when Means gets back to Baltimore, how many pitchers will ask him that same question.

      • OhMy!

        July 8, 2021 at 6:20 pm

        Gawwfaaa gawwwfaaa you two are sooooo funny my side hurts from laughing. Good ones fellas hahahaharhoohoohoo

        • Boog Robinson Robinson

          July 8, 2021 at 7:31 pm

          Dick …. For the record, it’s “guffaw”.

          I do realize of couse that baseball-reference.com doesn’t care about spelling.

    • dlgruber1

      July 8, 2021 at 7:21 pm

      I can’t speak for CP, but yes, that’s exactly what I was going for. I was thinking to myself “how can I bring some joy and laughter to OhMy!”, or, whatever you’re going by now. Glad I hit the mark.

    • CalsPals

      July 8, 2021 at 7:44 pm

      Absolutely, quite sure we’ve made his/her day…go O’s…

  4. Buzz1979

    July 8, 2021 at 8:19 pm

    We are due for the occasional “lightening in a bottle” with one of these journeyman pitchers. Maybe it will be Anderson!?

    • dlgruber1

      July 8, 2021 at 9:05 pm

      Well, Watkins was good. Let’s hope he can do it more often. But you’re right about the “lightning in a bottle” comment. I mean, why can’t the O’s be the team for once where someone else’s failed starter comes to and blossoms? Why does it always seem to be the other way around?

      • Buzz1979

        July 8, 2021 at 9:26 pm

        Miguel Gonzalez says “I am still available!”

    • Icterus fan

      July 8, 2021 at 9:50 pm

      Gruber, now THAT is a great question.

  5. Buzz1979

    July 8, 2021 at 8:58 pm

    Mundy going for the Golden Sombrero at Aberdeen tonight!

  6. Orial

    July 8, 2021 at 10:13 pm

    Is it even conceivable that every young pitcher that’s been brought up has been a bust? What are the chances of that? I guess while we’re at it those middle IFers have been at that same consistent level(except a glimmer with Urias). I see where Hays was gonna ride the pine before the rainout. Too bad– there goes another head-scratching topic out the window. Just gotta get ‘ol DJ in there I guess huh?

  7. WorldlyView

    July 8, 2021 at 11:31 pm

    The ongoing criticisms of Oriole ownership and management that appear in these Comments are well deserved. However, we continue to ignore a meaningful source of the embarrassingly low level of the O’s talent pool, one that is out of the control of our home team’s executive suite. The other Major League teams are partly responsible for the constant stream of talent-challenged players gracing our roster. If these teams discarded more talented players via waivers and DFA’s, then the O’s would have access to better pitchers, hitters, and fielders. Unfortunately for us, the other teams will not do this.

    • Hallbe62

      July 9, 2021 at 12:27 am

      Nice. Very funny. I’m still chuckling.
      WV…… whataya think we can do to get these other clubs to can better players ?

  8. millboy

    July 9, 2021 at 6:54 am

    Just shows how barren the farm system is

  9. Tileman

    July 9, 2021 at 6:59 am

    But the barren farm system shows a systemic issue that’s plagued the team for decades not just under Elias’ reign

  10. millboy

    July 9, 2021 at 8:47 am

    Agree, Tillman

  11. PC in OC

    July 9, 2021 at 8:57 am

    Ok Guys, Let’s Face It, We all know what the REAL PROBLEM is. Hint:

  12. PC in OC

    July 9, 2021 at 8:58 am

  13. PC in OC

    July 9, 2021 at 9:03 am

    Sorry, I tried placing an Emoji, But I guess, it’s not allowed. My hint, ITS called CASH!!

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