It’s September 1, which means it’s time for baseball’s active rosters to expand. The Orioles took advantage of the space on the roster by adding five players: Catching prospect Chance Sisco, outfielder Joey Rickard, last year’s Oriole Pedro Alvarez, and relievers Jimmy Yacabonis and Richard Rodriguez.
Sisco and Rodriguez were not on the 40-man roster already, which means that players needed to be sent to the great DFA in the sky in order to make room. Time ran out for both Tyler Wilson and Logan Verrett.
You can read some more about the decision to call up Sisco here. WNST’s Luke Jones noted that Sisco’s locker has been placed next to that of Caleb Joseph, so it sounds like one reason he got the call is to just let him be around the clubhouse and absorb knowledge for the next month.
Rodriguez is also a surprise name among the bunch. The 27-year-old righty reliever has been in Norfolk’s bullpen each of the past two seasons, where he has performed capably. This season, Rodriguez pitched in 70.2 innings over 42 games, with a 2.42 ERA and a 1.047 WHIP while striking out 80 batters.
That’s good enough to get the big league call, especially with the O’s in need of multi-inning relievers to deploy on those frequent occasions where the starter needs to be yanked from a game early. Rodriguez will be making his MLB debut the first time he gets into a game. Congratulations and good luck to him.
Alvarez, Rickard, and Yacabonis have all been on the Orioles before, so there’s not a whole lot to say about them. Alvarez hit 26 home runs for Norfolk this season, but has a sub-.300 OBP. Yacabonis had some trouble in his stint with the O’s earlier in the year. He did, however, end the Triple-A season with a 1.32 ERA in 61.1 innings over 41 games.
The flip side of the additions is that Wilson and Verrett were DFA’d. Baseball is cruel in that every fresh opportunity is the end of the line for someone else. If they clear waivers, the O’s may keep them around in the organization. If they don’t, they will be headed elsewhere.
Wilson, 27, has a 5.02 ERA in 145.1 big league innings, including a 7.04 ERA in nine games this season. Verrett, also 27, has a 4.62 ERA in 150 MLB innings. Only four of Verrett’s games came with the O’s.
The O’s are expected to recall Mike Wright and Donnie Hart from the minors once the ten day window passes. Both of those players were optioned to Norfolk recently. Also, at some point, J.J. Hardy will be activated from the disabled list.
That seems to be it for the possibility of O’s call-ups, although if you believe Dan Duquette, the Orioles will be considering at least some Bowie players down the stretch.