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Birds Up, O's Down - 2015 Week 7

Who's not and who's not for the Baltimore Orioles over week seven of the 2015 season

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Brad Brach Although he allowed a solo homer and a couple of hits in the Orioles 8-5 win over the Miami Marlins on Friday, he did induce five ground ball outs and is working on a career-high in that category.  Pitched the night before against the Seattle Mariners and struck out three over two scoreless innings.
Zach Britton Upnew_medium Hardly had to pitch, but picked up his ninth and tenth saves of the year.
Wei-Yin Chen Oriole bats went silent on Wednesday, losing 4-2 to the Mariners.  Chen allowed all four (earned) and was stuck with his third loss of the season.  Did allow eight hits, but his start wasn't all that poor.  Struck out four and did not walk a batter in seven innings.
Oliver Drake Upnew_medium Fantastic debut for Drake, who was called up to bolster the bullpen after some heavy use lately.  He did just that, providing three innings of scoreless relief.  Allowed just two hits and struck out two, including Giancarlo Stanton.  Splitter was incredibly effective and induced five ground outs.  He's got a bit of a funky delivery, but certainly has game smarts - that block of the plate was textbook (even if he just may have blocked a bit too much of it).
Miguel Gonzalez Downnew_medium The standard Migo line - following up a decent start with a not so decent one.  This time around, it was ten hits allowed in just four innings (five earned runs).  Walked three over the same span and was handed his third loss of the season.  Next start should be better, right?
Tommy Hunter Upnew_medium Pitched three days in a row and recorded 3.1 innings of scoreless relief, including his second hold of the year.
Ubaldo Jimenez His Friday start wasn't terrible, but he scattered a number of hits over just four innings and had to be pulled early (87 pitches).  Wasn't the most effective, but since his previous starts were better, not going to argue too much.
Brian Matusz Matusz's pitching for the week probably deserves an up arrow, but it's possible he ends up with a suspension for putting a foreign substance on his forearm.  That's not ideal since he's the only non-closer lefty in the pen at the moment.
T.J. McFarland Downnew_medium Nailed with the loss after coming in cold to replace an ejected Brian Matusz.  Immediately optioned back to Norfolk, but you'd have to imagine he'll be back shortly since he's a lefty.
Darren O'Day Downnew_medium While he was put into a bad situation, walking in the winning run isn't ideal.  O'Day is usually solid, but that wasn't his best outing.  Probably should have given up a game-winner to Stanton on Saturday night, but the Marlins slugger was swinging a bit too hard and off-balance.  A side-arm fastball right over the plate is usually not a great idea.
Chaz Roe Upnew_medium The latest bullpen recall had two innings of scoreless relief.
Chris Tillman Missed a start due to a bad back, then got pulled after three innings thanks to a long rain delay.  Maybe we'll see him make a full start soon!
Tyler Wilson Brought up for a couple of innings in relief.  Allowed his first earned run, but also got his first MLB win in the process.  Fun fact:  the first batter he faced in his MLB debut was fellow Wahoo alum, SS Chris Taylor.  Wilson got him out.
Mike Wright Upnew_medium Oh, just another seven innings without allowing a run.  No big deal.  On top of that, he should have had the game-winning hit (well, possible game winning hit), but Snider was thrown out at the plate after Wright's single up the middle.
Caleb Joseph Upnew_medium Hits-wise, it wasn't an amazing week (5-15 with one XBH), but Joseph also walked three times and had four RBI.
Ryan Lavarnway Downnew_medium Another 0-4 in his one start for the week.
Everth Cabrera Back from the DL (replacing Navarro) and had a hit and two walks.
Chris Davis Downnew_medium A week where Davis walks six times is usually nice, but he's really struggling to make contact and his OBP has dipped below .300 after a sub-par week.
J.J. Hardy Downnew_medium Said he feels as though he is still in Spring Training.  That's a fair assessment - he certainly looks like it, at least at the plate.
Manny Machado Upnew_medium After a slow start to the season, Machado has returned to good form and is making great contact.  He added another 9 hits (3 doubles) and walked twice this week.
Rey Navarro Back to Norfolk with the return of Cabrera.
Jimmy Paredes Upnew_medium Got some reps at 2B in the National League park to remain in the lineup.  That's a solid move since he's been among the most consistent Oriole hitters.  This week was no exception - 9 hits (1 homer) and seven RBI.  That'll work.
Steve Pearce Well, that grand slam was nice.
Alejandro De Aza Upnew_medium Not getting a ton of playing time, but did pick up four hits in 13 trips.  Three walks, too!
Adam Jones Pretty nondescript week - .250 BA, no XBH, no RBI, no BB.
David Lough 2-5 in limited playing time.
Travis Snider Upnew_medium Anyone else think the O's should have challenged that slide?  I think he did a heck of a job trying to avoid the tag.  Not a bad week all-around for Snider.
Delmon Young Downnew_medium Couple of hits, but the power is really lacking.  Same could be said for a large portion of the O's lineup, but this guy is hitting cleanup most days.
Disabled List
Ryan Flaherty (Groin) - Likely to begin another rehab assignment, this time with AAA Norfolk early this week, possibly tonight.
Jason Garcia (Shoulder) - Has begun light exercises, but not throwing yet.
Kevin Gausman (Shoulder) - Threw a 30 pitch bullpen session and reported no shoulder pain.  It's possible he could be starting for AAA Norfolk soon enough.
Bud Norris (Illness) - Will make at least one more rehab start with AA Bowie before re-joining the Orioles.  Can't imagine he'd replace Wright at the moment though....
Jonathan Schoop (Knee) - Progressing very, very slowly from his PCL/MCL strain.  He is taking part in baseball activities, but no timeline has been set for a rehab assignment (if that will even occur this season).
Matt Wieters (Elbow) - Claims he could be ready to re-join the Orioles when eligible to return from the 60-day (June 4).  I'll believe it when I see it.
Wesley Wright (Shoulder) - Transferred to the 60-day DL, presumably to free up roster space for all of the bullpen re-organization.