Orioles add Alexander Wells, Knight to roster; Tyler Wells relishes big spots - BaltimoreBaseball.com

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Orioles add Alexander Wells, Knight to roster; Tyler Wells relishes big spots

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The Orioles recalled two pitchers from Triple-A Norfolk as their roster expanded to 28 on Wednesday. Left-hander Alexander Wells and right-hander Dusten Knight, who had been on the taxi squad for the trip, were added before their final game of a three-game series in Toronto.

Both have already been with the Orioles this season. Wells is 1-2 with a 7.71 ERA in six games, three of them starts. He was 6-3 with a 3.29 ERA in 13 games, 10 starts with Norfolk.

Knight has a 7.36 ERA in five games with the Orioles and was 2-2 with a 2.23 ERA and seven saves in 29 games at Norfolk.

Manager Brandon Hyde said that he plans to use Wells in long relief. “He’s somebody that we’re going to take a look at here in September. As of right now, it’s more of a multi-inning, longer relief role.”

The Orioles need a fifth starter on September 7th against Kansas City. Hyde said that Wells, Dean Kremer and Zac Lowther are possibilities for that start.

Hyde didn’t mention Mike Baumann, who is also on the 40-man roster.

“I’m not sure, actually if he’s in consideration to be called up,” Hyde said. “What the plans are for Baumann in September, I’m not sure of at this point.”

The Orioles have a doubleheader with Toronto on September 11th and will need an extra starter then.

Tyler Wells in relief: On Tuesday night, Cole Sulser recorded the Orioles’ first save since he closed out consecutive games in Detroit on July 30th and 31st.

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But before Sulser could get the save, Tyler Wells came in the game with two on and two out in the eighth. He retired Vladimir Guerrero Jr. on a line drive to center, an out Hyde called the biggest of the game.

“It feels really good. I’m happy that Hyder has that kind of confidence in me to go with me there to get big outs,” Wells said. “Hopefully, I can continue to perform in those situations and continue to build my trust with him.”

The Rule 5 draft pick is 2-1 with a 3.54 ERA in 34 games and was excited to face Guerrero.

“Vladdy is an unbelievable hitter,” Wells said. “They have a lot of great hitters in the lineup. For me to be able to go in there and get some outs, that does a lot for my confidence as a pitcher. As far as my confidence goes, I feel really good every time I get to go into the game and do what I do. I enjoy competing and don’t like backing down from anybody. It’s definitely a treat when you get to face guys like Vladdy.”

Hyde has said that he would use Wells in ninth-inning spots. He closed out the Orioles’ 10-6 win over the Los Angeles Angels that ended the 19-game losing streak on August 25th, but because the team has been so far out of so many games, he hasn’t gotten the work of a closer.

“It really hasn’t bothered me at all,” Wells said. “I would definitely say that I get a little antsy, but it’s not for a save situation. If I get a save situation, that’s fantastic. I won’t take that for granted.

“But I’m just happy that Hyde has the confidence in me to go into this big-leverage situations. I don’t take those for granted. I really, really enjoy them.”

Notes: John Means, Chris Ellis and Keegan Akin will pitch for the Orioles in the three-game series at Yankee Stadium that begins Friday. The Yankees will counter with Nestor Cortes, Jordan Montgomery and Corey Kluber. … Double-A Bowie’s game with Somerset was rained out. It will be made up as a doubleheader on Thursday beginning at 5:35 p.m.

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12 Comments

12 Comments

  1. The Bird1

    September 1, 2021 at 7:22 pm

    Now that Wells is again with the team, lets hope they pitch him regularly so we can see what we have. Stop the shuttle.

  2. Boog Robinson Robinson

    September 1, 2021 at 8:05 pm

    Wow … Ramon Urias. Just 2 weeks or so ago I said he seemed to have a problem going to his left. Not tonight at 3rd. Dude has made me eat my words all year long.

  3. OriolesREALNumber1Fan

    September 1, 2021 at 8:11 pm

    Your an idiot.

    Elias has the best eye for talent in the league.

    O’s #1!

    • CalsPals

      September 1, 2021 at 8:31 pm

      No need for name calling, you don’t even have an original name…go O’s…

      • Boog Robinson Robinson

        September 1, 2021 at 9:38 pm

        Onesy 2 point oh?

    • CalsPals

      September 2, 2021 at 3:15 am

      Duigi?…go O’s…

  4. Boog Robinson Robinson

    September 1, 2021 at 8:16 pm

    Disagree with slotting Alex Wells as long relief. From what I’ve read, he’s a soft tossing southpaw who when he’s been successful, relies on pinpoint control. I’m not sure you can expect someone like that to come in cold and immediately dot his i’s. As a GM Wanna Be, I’d advise my manager to start him every 5th.

    • EkimC

      September 1, 2021 at 10:20 pm

      TOTALLY AGREE! He’s been a starter his whole career. I read somewhere (Camden Chat, maybe)

    • EkimC

      September 1, 2021 at 10:33 pm

      that the “plan” for him was long relief when a starter didn’t go very far. How to ruin yet another pitcher (and he’s a true “pitcher”, not like Tate and Scott who come in and throw as hard as they can without having a clue as to where it’s going). Does anyone remember he was “Pitcher of the Year” throughout the whole Oriole minor league system just a few years ago… but that was before the “boy genius” arrived on the scene?

  5. DcOsfan

    September 1, 2021 at 10:34 pm

    Nestor Cortes – a Rule 5 return, if I remember right. Now pitching for the Yankees in a wild card race. Guess we had him a couple of years too soon

    • Buzz1979

      September 1, 2021 at 10:56 pm

      Don’t sweat it, total fluke! gave up 2 grand slams in less than 8 innings, Palmer gave up NONE in over 3,500!

  6. EkimC

    September 1, 2021 at 10:38 pm

    The “Demolition Squad” strikes again! Tie game but Tate and Diplan made short work of that!

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