We were promised home runs from Mark Reynolds, but what we've gotten instead is a lot of this. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
The Orioles have just announced that Stu Pomeranz has been placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 26, with a left oblique injury. As the corresponding roster move, Mark Reynolds, who had been rehabbing in Bowie for the last couple of days, has been reinstated to the active roster.
Pomeranz is reported to have strained the oblique while warming up to enter yesterday's game against Kansas City. The O's had been carrying an extra man in the bullpen since Pomeranz was most recently recalled anyway, so this will return them to a 7-man bullpen and a 4-man bench, though just who will be on the bench on a given night is another story entirely. He's only appeared in three games for the O's, though it feels like so much more with the way he boogied into our hearts with a three-inning scoreless appearance to start his big league career.
Reynolds was also suffering from a strained left oblique when he was placed on the disabled list retroactive to May 11. He had only started his rehab assignment in Bowie on Saturday and played in just two games there before the Pomeranz injury necessitated a roster move anyway. If left up to his own devices, we don't know when Reynolds would have been activated, though probably soon enough. Of the Orioles who have been rehabbing, he must have been the closest to being ready to return to action. Will he be in the lineup right away tonight?
Prior to being placed on the disabled list, Reynolds was having a very Reynolds year, which is to say he did not look good playing third base - so much so that it seems Buck Showalter is reluctant to play him there at all. Reynolds also struck out a lot, exactly 1/3 of his 108 plate appearances, and got a good number of walks. What he did not do is hit home runs or have any kind of power whatsoever, leading to a .191/.324/.337 batting line.
The Orioles press release announcing this roster move would like for you to know that Reynolds hit safely in five of the last seven games prior to being placed on the DL, games during which he batted .348/.484/.739. On a 1 to 10 scale of usefulness, I rate that information Garrett Atkins. It's nice to think that Reynolds might pick up where he left off before going on the DL, though. We were promised home runs, and we got 37 of them last year, but we'd like some more this year too.
Brian Roberts, Endy Chavez and Zach Britton remain on rehab assignment with Bowie, though Roberts is expected to join Delmarva for a few days starting tomorrow. The last report on Britton was that he is expected to be activated some time during the three-city road trip that begins in Toronto tonight.