A few observations before I load up my car for another weekend trip to Ocean Pines, where my family will be celebrating my sister's birthday.
That would be my older sister.
My opinion of the Miguel Tejada trade? The Orioles weren't going to get much for him and they ended up with a Double-A power arm, belonging to Wynn Pelzer, who was ranked the seventh-best prospect in the Padres' organization by Baseball America. They could have done a lot worse.
Not a ringing endorsement, but that's the best I've got.
Here's hoping it's a Wynn-win for them.
The only way to truly rate this deal is to wait until Pelzer has been in the organization for a few years and see how he's progressed. And to obtain a list of all the players that other teams were willing to give the Orioles.
Anyone got it?
If you predicted back in March that Alfredo Simon would have 15 saves, I'll need some sort of proof and your picks for next year's Preakness. Lottery numbers also will be accepted.
Brian Matusz isn't hurt. That's what I've been told. We can eliminate that argument from the "What's wrong with Brian Matusz?" debate.
Michael Gonzalez threw 1 1/3 scoreless innings last night. The Red Sox reportedly have some interest in him. If the Orioles can move that contract...do I even need to finish that sentence?
The Orioles want Juan Samuel to coach third base for the remainder of the season under new manager Buck Showalter, but he sounds less-than-enthused with the idea.
"I have not met Buck at all," he told reporters in Kansas City. "But, you know we have four more games here, and whether the decision for me is to stay or leave, I'm going to have to think about it and see what I'm going to do. I don't want (Showalter) to feel uncomfortable, I don't want to feel uncomfortable myself, so I'm going to think about it in the next few days. And it's a decision I'm going to make at the end of this weekend."
Of course, Samuel would be placed in an uncomfortable situation after being in charge since Dave Trembley's dismissal. Imagine walking through the clubhouse next week and wondering what the players are thinking. And how many times does he want to say, "I'm fine with it," as people try to gauge his mood?
It's quite possible that Gary Allenson continues to coach third base until Showalter brings in his own staff.
I just hope that it's safe for the Orioles to wait until Monday to introduce Showalter at a press conference. I'd hate for another team to swoop in and hire him.
Chris Tillman allowed five runs (four earned) and seven hits in 4 1/3 innings last night for Triple-A Norfolk in a 7-1 loss to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He also walked two and threw 92 pitches, 53 for strikes.
My guess is he'll be staying in Norfolk for a while.
Nolan Reimold went 1-for-3 with a double, walk, run scored and stolen base. He's batting .227.
Craig Tatum went 0-for-2 with two walks and a passed ball. He's still looking for his first hit with the Tides.
I guess the Tejada trade doesn't free up a roster spot for him.