In desperate need of run support for their starting pitchers, the Orioles have recalled Rhyne Hughes from AAA Norfolk and sent down Justin Turner. Hughes, a first baseman, is expected to join the team in Boston and is known for his power at the plate.
The 26 year old was acquired by the Orioles in the Gregg Zaun trade to Tampa Bay and is hitting .353 with three home runs and 11 RBI in 15 his games with the Tides.
The criticism of Hughes is that he is a high strikeout hitter, though that is the case with a lot of power hitters. I hope the move will provide a spark in the Orioles line up. They certainly need it with their stretch of games against the Red Sox and Yankees over the next two weeks.