With the news of Orioles gold-glove right fielder Nick Markakis going down for at least a month with a broken hamate bone in his right wrist and the infield continuing to struggle defensively, might we see some of the organizational depth that Orioles General Manager Dan Duquette has brought in to start his tenure here in Baltimore?
One player recently brought in just happens to be the former American League MVP in 2002 and with a call-up, would be with the O’s for a third time in his career and that’s Miguel Tejada.
Tejada, who hit 109 home runs in parts of five seasons with the Orioles, has lost his power in recent years but still could provide adequate defense in a backup role at third base for the ball club if they chose to do so. He has committed just one error in 11 games with Norfolk since joining the club May 20.
Putting Tejada at third base in a role can allow the O’s to move Mark Reynolds to first base where he has shown an ability to dig low throws out of the dirt.
At 38, Tejada is no longer an every day starter at the major league level but has started every game for the Tides since joining the team to build his at-bats in the case of a call-up. Tejada is hitting .308 in 11 games with a double and seven RBI.
A strength of the Orioles heading into the season now becomes a worrisome spot with Nolan Reimold out (bulging disk in back) and Nick Markakis with the wrist injury, leaves Adam Jones as the only healthy outfielder.
According to masnsports.com’s, Roch Kubatko, the Orioles will likely have to make a 40-man roster move to clear a spot for the Markakis injury. That player looks to be Bill Hall, who was DFA’ed by the O’s on May 25 and out-righted to AAA-Norfolk.
Some other veteran names that have been discussed or could enter the discussion are also playing at Norfolk as well.
Lew Ford, a former draft pick of the Boston Red Sox in 1999, who played for five seasons in Minnesota with the Twins has been hitting the cover off the ball for the Tides.
In 12 games since he joined the Tides on May 18, has hit to a .386 clip with three doubles and three home runs while driving in seven runs. Ford has also played all three outfield positions in his major league career and could see time in both left field and right if he got the call from the Orioles.
Outfielder Jamie Hoffman is yet another option the Orioles could look to for some depth. Hoffman, 27, has hit .250 in 49 games with the Tides this season, and has major league experience, albeit briefly, playing in 16 games over two seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
With the Orioles roster continually shuffling, the organization will look to the depth that Dan Duquette brought in to try and right the ship until the players currently banged up find their ways back to the every day lineup.
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