04/29/10 8:49 PM ET
Uehara closer to being activated
By Brittany Ghiroli / MLB.com
Uehara tossed a scoreless inning for Double-A Bowie earlier on Thursday, with pitching coach Rick Kranitz on hand for the 13-pitch outing. Manager Dave Trembley said the team wanted Uehara to throw against some better competition before being activated.
"He's ready to go. He'd like to be here now," Trembley said. "But Kranny talked to him after his outing today, and we're going to get him to pitch at least one more time in Triple-A."
It was Uehara's second rehab outing; he also threw a scoreless inning, allowing a hit and a strikeout, for Bowie on Tuesday night. Although both of Uehara's innings have been quick, Trembley won't need the right-hander to reach a certain pitch count to be ready.
"I don't think it's pitches at all," he said. "Because I don't think he'd be a multiple-inning guy when he comes here. He's going to be a one-inning guy."
Uehara has been sidelined with a left hamstring strain, an injury sustained in a Grapefruit League contest this spring, and was placed on the disabled list March 26.
The expected roster move to add him is one of two moves facing the Orioles this week. The team's Saturday starter hasn't officially been announced -- although it is likely Brad Bergesen -- and the O's figure to lose a reliever in making that move.
Trembley taking care with Simon
BALTIMORE -- Alfredo Simon, who recorded his first career save on Tuesday just hours after he had been recalled from Triple-A Norfolk, would not have been available even if the Orioles found themselves in a save situation in Wednesday's 8-3 loss to the Yankees.
Manager Dave Trembley said it would have been "too much" to ask Simon to pitch on back-to-back days. A starter who was moved to the bullpen barely two weeks ago, Simon is less than a year removed from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow.
"I think you would have been asking for problems," Trembley said. "I don't think it would have been the right thing to do."
When asked if Simon's situation was similar to that of former Orioles reliever Danys Baez, who missed all of 2008 after undergoing surgery on his right elbow and was handled with caution last season, Trembley said no.
"I don't think it'll be like it was with Danys," Trembley said. "But once again, if [Simon] goes out and has a six-out inning instead of three and throws 37 pitches instead of 20 ... Each game you've got to take it one game at a time."
Jones to greet fans at block party
BALTIMORE -- The Y of Central Maryland will host a free community block party on Friday from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET, with outfielder Adam Jones on hand from 12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. Jones will greet fans and be introduced to the crowd along with Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.
Druid Hill residents, Y volunteers, and community and business leaders will come together to celebrate the completion of the Druid Hill Family Center's revitalization project and community cleanup.
Guests will be able to tour the Family Center to see the renovated spaces while enjoying free food, music, community vendors, a farmer's market, games and activities. The Druid Hill Family Center Y is located at 1609 Druid Hill Ave. in Baltimore.
Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.