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08/21/07 8:01 PM ET
Notes: Olson growing up in the Majors
Baez productive in return; Redman at home in center
By Geremy Bass / MLB.com
BALTIMORE -- Before the Orioles' game on Tuesday, Garrett Olson diagnosed the struggles he encountered in his last start when he picked up his second straight loss in a rough outing in Toronto. "Last game, a couple innings I did good and then the third inning, trying to get out of situations," Olson said. "I was kind of pitching around guys, nibbling instead of going after them." Baltimore manager Dave Trembley agreed with the statement, just not with the wording. "He said, 'I think I was nibbling,'" Trembley said. "I said, 'I think that's an understatement.'" Olson lasted just 2 2/3 innings in that game and allowed five runs on six hits and four walks. His previous start was no better, as he worked ahead of only eight of the 30 Red Sox batters he faced. Trembley used the meeting with the 23-year-old lefty to address the problems Olson has endured in his second stint with the parent club this season. "I just gave it to him straight," Trembley said on Tuesday. "He's got to throw strike one. He's been pitching around the bats somewhat, way too many deep counts, and I'm not so sure he's not trying to fit into what everybody thinks he should be instead of being what he is." Olson started two games in July and went 1-0, but walked eight batters in 9 1/3 innings and was subsequently sent back down to Triple-A Norfolk. He returned to form in the Minors and walked only two batters in three starts, but couldn't maintain his control in his two August starts with Baltimore. He issued 10 more free passes in nine innings against Boston and Toronto. "It's a transition going from [Class A] to Double-A and Triple-A and so forth," Olson said of his tour through the organization over the last two seasons. "It's just being in a new situation, a new league. Even though it's the same game, it just takes time to feel like yourself out there." If his success in the Minors is any indication of his future with the Orioles, Olson should have the tools to regain his command. He went 9-7 with a 3.16 ERA in 22 starts in Norfolk this year and walked less than three hitters per nine innings. Trembley said it's time for Olson to be turning the corner on the transition to the Majors, and Olson agreed, saying the meeting with Trembley after his stumble in Toronto was very productive. "Right now, it's just one of those transition phases," Olson said. "I had a similar thing happen in Triple-A at the beginning of the season. It's really just being comfortable out there, trusting your stuff and going right after hitters." Baez's battle: Danys Baez has certainly turned his season around. After going 0-4 with a 9.16 ERA and a blown save in May and June, Baez landed on the disabled list with tendinitis in his forearm and didn't pitch for nearly a month. But since returning to the mound July 12, Baez has surrendered six runs in 12 1/3 innings and recorded his first two saves of the season in August. He has also held opponents scoreless in eight of his 13 outings after being activated. Baez said he still feels the lingering effects of his stint on the DL, but is learning to pitch through any discomfort. "I still have a little bit of tightness there, but I'm learning how to pitch with it," Baez said. "That's why I'm feeling more comfortable on the mound. I just have to work with it and it's that kind of year where it's the first time I've got to learn how to pitch with some uncomfortable things." Chris Ray, the Orioles' regular closer, had Tommy John surgery last week and is expected to miss all of next season, making Baez's performance as a late reliever even more important. "He's going to have to be the guy, and we're certainly confident that he's going to get those opportunities more times than not," Trembley said. "His experience should allow him to be as successful as he can possibly be." The realization that he has moved into the closing role hasn't bothered Baez, because he's been used as a closer for much of his career. "They told me, 'So far you're going to be the closer,' but they haven't said anything for the next year," Baez said. "We need to win more ballgames, and that's what I want to do." Tike's time: Tike Redman made his first start in center field Sunday, where he said he feels more comfortable than anywhere else on the field. "Center field is my home," Redman said. "I've been playing center field since high school. [Left field] is a little different, but I can play different positions. Wherever you want me to play, I'm ready." Redman is 7-for-19 (.368) with four RBIs in eight games with the Orioles since being called up in early August. He's started five times, four in left field, and Trembley said he's become a solid asset for the team. "He's made some very nice contributions to us," Trembley said. "He played a real good game in center field. ... He looks a whole lot more comfortable in center field than he does in left. ... He's got some experience. He put in his time in Triple-A this year and he's been a good fit for the club." Quotable: "If somebody goes 0-for-3 or 3-for-3, it won't predicate on whether or not they'll be in the second game or not. I don't play that game." -- Trembley, on how he'll handle the lineups for both games in Wednesday's doubleheader Up next: Baltimore will play a doubleheader at Camden Yards on Wednesday to complete the three-game series against Texas. The first game is scheduled for 5:05 p.m. ET and will feature right-hander Daniel Cabrera (9-12, 4.93 ERA) and lefty Kason Gabbard (5-1, 3.56 ERA). In the second contest, Baltimore youngster Garrett Olson (1-2, 6.38 ERA) will face left-hander John Rheinecker (1-1, 5.82).
Geremy Bass is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.