Orioles add Diplan, Knight to the bullpen; Akin back in rotation; Anderson, Leyba nominated for assignment
NEW YORK – The Orioles have made even more changes to their reliever box, adding two right-hangers. Marcos Díplan and Dusten Knight got their contracts from Triple-A Norfolk.
Díplan and Knight replaced left-hander Alexander Wells, who was selected for Norfolk after allowing six runs on seven hits in 2 1/3 innings in the Orioles’ 13-1 loss to the Yankees on Tuesday night, and the right-hander Shaun Anderson, who allowed the last four runs in the eighth inning of the game.
Anderson and infielder Domingo Leyba have been nominated for the assignment.
Díplan, who the Orioles claimed on waivers from Detroit in December 2019, and then transferred directly to Norfolk, was 3-1 with a 4.12 ERA in 17 games for Norfolk. The 24-year-old took part in last month’s Futures Game in Denver.
Knight, who was 28e San Francisco’s draft pick in the 2013 draft, and also pitched in the Minnesota organization, was 1-1 with a 1.30 ERA and seven saves in 17 games for Norfolk. The 30-year-old is known for celebrating saves with back flips.
“Honestly, I don’t know much about them,” manager BrandonHyde said. “I know they were throwing the ball well in Triple-A. We give the guys opportunities to prove themselves in the big leagues. Diplan was at the camp with us. I’ve seen it throw before.
“We have a few cool arms here, continuing the train of opportunity.”
Wells was 1-2 with a 7.64 ERA in five games, three starts, and Anderson had a 9.00 ERA in seven games. Leyba, who was optioned at Norfolk on Monday, hit .154 with a homerun and four RBIs in 21 games for the Orioles.
If Díplan and Knight appear in a game, they will be the 50e and 51st players used by the Orioles this season. The team record for most players used in a season is 58 in 2019.
Similar to Wells: Keegan Akin’s three tight innings on Tuesday night helped him get back into the rotation. The left-hander only gave one hit, and now he’s going to start again,
“We’re going to drag Akin over to Wells,” Hyde said. “We will stay in our turn. This allows the guys to have an extra day off which is necessary for everyone.
“We’re going to stick with the five-man rotation.”
When Akin was placed on the Covid-19 injured list on July 21, Wells replaced him in the rotation and pitched well in his first game, allowing three runs on five hits in 5 2/3 innings to Tampa Bay.
“He got off to a good start in Tampa,” Hyde said. “The last two starts have been difficult. It’s a tough lineup to tackle, especially if you’re left-handed.
“You just have to have a good command. Alex won’t have too powerful stuff. He has to be able to really throw on the edges. He’s got to be able to speed guys up and slow them down and have a plus-plus command. That’s what I’d love to see him work on in Triple-A.
“He got a taste of what it was all about. Control is not the same as command. You have to be able to know where you are pitching baseball. It’s not so much about walks as it is about locating.
Remarks: John Means, Spenser Watkins and Jorge López will pitch against the Tampa Bay Rays in the three-game series starting Friday. … Right-hander Tyler Wells, who has been on the injured list for 10 days with tendonitis in his right wrist, could return on Friday, depending on how he feels. Hyde said Wells was in pain after pitching on Monday. … Double-A outfielder Bowie Kyle Stowers and Baysox right-hander Drew Rom were named the minor league players of the month for July.
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