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Adam Loewen, First Baseman?

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Per Roch, Adam Loewen is finished with being a pitcher. He'll try to re-invent himself as an OF/1B. This is totally crazy if you ask me, although I guess if he's never going to be able to pitch, he might as well try to change as quickly as possible.

Fun fact I heard on ESPN the other day after Rick Ankiel hit his 20th home run. It made him the only player in the history of baseball to pitch in 50 games in a career and hit 20 home runs in a season besides Babe Ruth. Adam only has 35 games pitched, but it's the same general principle. This is a long shot at best.

I'll go in more depth later, but Adam Loewen is done as a pitcher. He's going to reinvent himself as an outfielder/first baseman, perhaps as early as the fall instructional league.

Another surgery on his elbow would have sidelined him for an estimated 1 1/2 years, and he wasn't willing to go down that path.

"I'm always going to be a pitcher," he said. "I've been doing it since I was 9 years old. It's going to be hard to let it go, but God has a plan for me."

Also, the Orioles acquired shortstop Juan Castro from Triple-A Colorado Springs for Triple-A Norfolk infielder Mike McCoy. Castro was added to the 25-man roster, and the Orioles outrighted Freddie Bynum to Triple-A. Bynum has 72 hours to accept the assignment.

Randor Bierd has returned from his injury rehab assignment. He's on his way to the ballpark right now. To make room, the Orioles placed Greg Aquino on the disabled list with a strained hamstring.