Wednesday Bird Droppings

BALTIMORE, MD - JULY 19: Catcher Matt Wieters #32 of the Baltimore Orioles (L) and relief pitcher Jim Johnson #43 celebrate the Orioles 6-2 win over the Boston Red Sox at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on July 19, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Orioles outfielder Luke Scott sidelined again, hopes to return this season - baltimoresun.com
"With his right shoulder not improving as much as he would like, Orioles left fielder Luke Scott will be shut down for a couple of days, but he still hasn't abandoned hope of playing again this season."

Steve Melewski: Hobgood's comeback trail is continuing at Aberdeen - MASN
"Matt Hobgood's next start for the short-season Single-A Aberdeen IronBirds is scheduled for Thursday at Brooklyn. The 20-year-old, 2009 first-round pick remains on the comeback trail from a strained rotator cuff. He spent most of this season rehabbing in Florida until joining the Gulf Coast League Orioles in mid-June. In five games there, over 10 1/3 innings, he gave up 10 hits, five earned runs and three walks and had nine strikeouts."

Sayonara, Koji? Not So Fast - PressBox
"Based on blogs and fan reaction, there seems to be an air of inevitability to the fact that Uehara could be waving bye-bye any day now. To that, I say, why? Amazingly, Uehara is more than midway through his third season in Orioles livery. And while it has been an oddly evolved tenure, one could argue he is one of the better Orioles free-agent pickups during the past decade."

Bucs Can’t Hit Him, Get Him - Rum Bunter | A Pittsburgh Pirates Blog
"Remember the Baltimore Orioles relief pitcher who baffled the Pirates? Well, Neal Huntington does. In case you don’t here is the video from that game. Looking at the stats, Koji Uehara is one of the best relievers on the market. The Pittsburgh Pirates are reportedly interested in getting him. The O’s setup man gets $3 million this year, and has a vested $4 million dollar option for next season with 15 more appearances. Sound good to you? Sounds great to me for the right price. But it sounds opposite of a Huntington built bullpen."

Cal Ripken's son follows Dad's big footsteps  | ajc.com
"Ryan Ripken has been selected to play in the 2011 Under Armour All-America Baseball Game, which will be held next month at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Ryan batted .353 as a junior at Gilman High School and has already been contracted by several college baseball coaches. Sure, his father is proud. But if Ryan chose to drop baseball for basketball, or opted to abandon sports completely, his dad wouldn't mind one bit."

Beyond the Box Score 2011 Catcher Defense Ratings: July Edition | Beyond the Box Score
A lot of numbers that boil down to the fact that Matt Wieters is awesome.

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