BALTIMORE — The Orioles’ revamped infield has Jahmai Jones on second, Jorge Mateo on shortstop and Ramon Urias on third for Tuesday night’s game against the Los Angeles Angels. Dylan Bunday will make his first start against his former team, who have lost 18 straight games.
Jones was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk on Monday, and shortstop Richie Martin was selected for the Tides. Kelvin Gutierrez was recalled from Norfolk on Tuesday to replace Maikel Franco, who was nominated for an assignment on Monday.
“He never started,” manager Brandon Hyde said of Franco. “He’s never had a very good streak. Franco hit .210 with 11 home runs and 47 RBIs.
The Orioles can play Urias or Gutierrez on third base. Urias was recently disturbed by a sore leg.
“If Urias’ leg is good, he will play all three [infield spots]”Said Hyde.” I’ll be running Ramon. Mateo will get more shortstop now. I still want to play him at second base too. It will be a bit of a mix and match.
Martin, who missed much of the season with a broken left wrist, hit .227 with a homerun and five RBIs in 15 games.
“Richie needs Triple-A batsmen,” Hyde said. “He needs to work on his swing. He just didn’t play much. Richie has a ton of tools, incredibly athletic, becoming a better defenseman in the short term. Now it’s just to learn the speed here offensively and be able to be on time with the fastball, to be able to make hard, constant contact. We figured getting a triple A at bat would be the best thing for him from a development standpoint.
Jones, who hits seventh in the lineup, will face the team that traded him to the Orioles for Alex Cobb in February. He hit .248 with 10 homers and 35 RBIs in 69 games at Norfolk and thought the experience was valuable.
“It really allowed me to focus on the things in Norfolk that I felt I needed to work on before I came here,” Jones said. “I knew they were going to be thinking of me throughout the season, so I tried to stay ready throughout this AAA season, so at all times. I got the call, I was ready to go.
Jones, who started his career as a southpaw, said he improved in second place since spring training.
“You can take a million mushrooms, you can take a million balls from the ground,” Jones said. “Nothing simulates a game-like situation presented to you, so I really mean it. “
Hyde is hoping Jones can provide a spark.
“We are fighting,” Hyde said. “We are in a difficult situation right now. Hopefully Jam can give us a little boost and energize our club and play well.
Hyde doesn’t expect to play Jones in left field, although he admitted he didn’t expect Mateo to play there when the Orioles acquired him earlier this month. Mateo started in right and left field.
One of Jones’ teammates, third baseman Rylan Bannon, has nine home runs and 17 RBIs in his last nine games for Norfolk. Hyde said there is a chance he will play for the Orioles by the end of the season.
“There is definitely a possibility that he will come,” Hyde said. “He’s on the 40-man, and he’s been swinging the bat better recently. I hope Rylan can keep hitting. I like to see guys being able to dominate before they graduate.
Reassess Harvey: Relief pitcher Hunter Harvey, who has been on the 10-day injured list due to side strain, has pitched twice for Triple-A Norfolk in his rehab mission, but the Orioles aren’t ready for it. raise.
“We’re going to get it tossed another time or two,” Hyde said. “We always evaluate after every appearance he makes there. Right now he’s going to throw out there again, and then we’ll re-evaluate. “
Remarks: Hyde hasn’t decided on a starting pitcher for Wednesday’s game when the Orioles face Shohei Ohtani…… Cobb won’t pitch in this series; he has been on the injured list for 10 days because of an inflammation of the right wrist.