The Baltimore Orioles decided to recall Danny Valencia from Triple-A Norfolk, where he has simply been a beast so far this season. Valencia, who should find himself getting a significant number of swings with the O’s in the Bigs, hit 11 home runs and drove in a whopping 35 RBIs in 40 games at Norfolk and is coming out of the minors hitting just over .300.
On the injury front, there are a few updates regarding Orioles hitters. First off, star second baseman Brian Roberts will have the sutures taken off of his right leg tomorrow, according to Orioles beat writer Roch Kubatko. The sutures were actually supposed to be removed off of Roberts’s leg on Friday, but Kubatko informs us that he “wasn’t fully healed” at the time. Roberts’s recovery is still way off in the distance, and it likely won’t be until July until Roberts comes back from a ruptured tendon in his right knee.
Catcher Taylor Teagarden is suffering from a dislocated thumb, but things are progressing nicely for the 29-year-old backstop, as he had the splint removed on Friday and will start a hitting and catching program tomorrow, per Kubatko. Teagarden could be ready to return to Baltimore before the month ends, and he’ll be back in very early June at the latest.
Freddy Garcia is likely on a short leash after getting shelled in his last start on the 15th against the San Diego Padres, as he allowed seven hits and four runs in 3.2 innings of interleague ball. According to Kubatko, the Orioles will give the start to Garcia in tomorrow’s AL East matchup against the New York Yankees, while the O’s will trot out Miguel Gonzalez as Tuesday’s starter.