The Orioles made a move to try to shore up the catcher position today, calling up C Steve Clevenger and designating OF David Lough for assignment. Clevenger, a career .218 hitter in the majors, figures to back up Caleb Joseph as the O’s try to grapple with the extent of Matt Wieter’s injury. Hamstrings can be tricky to deal with, so this move makes a good deal of sense.
OF Henry Urrutia also arrived to Baltimore today; per MASN’s Roch Kubatko, he took batting practice today and figures to be officially activated Saturday. Urrutia’s promotion may have some scratching their heads; a light hitting lefty, Urrutia figures to battle for playing time in LF with Nolan Reimold. Many Orioles fans have been clamoring for the promotion of Cuban OF Dariel Alvarez, and it remains to be seen how long the O’s will wait to keep him at Norfolk. Keeping Alvarez in the minors for the rest of this year would add another year of team control to his contract, but at his age (26), team control probably is secondary to winning baseball games in the midst of a pennant race.
David Lough, whose defensive talents are what kept him with the club over players like Travis Snider, Delmon Young, and Chris Parmelee, now sees his fate in the hands of prospective suitors across the majors. Hitting right around the Mendoza line this season has done him no favors, and he figures only to be a spot starter or late inning pinch runner at this point for a contender. If Lough clears waivers, he would then have to accept an assignment to Triple-A Norfolk in order to stay in the Orioles organization. The Orioles would love to keep him in the organization, but I have to think that he would probably turn down the assignment.
The Orioles open up their homestead tonight against the Oakland A’s, sitting 2.5 games out of the Wild Card and 5.5 games out of first place in the AL East.