08/25/11 6:21 PM ET
Guthrie felt special connection to Flanagan
By Jordan Schelling / MLB.com
Guthrie even asked for and received permission from Flanagan to wear the number when Flanagan claimed him off waivers in 2007, during his tenure as executive vice president of baseball operations.
"Since the day I was given No. 46, I've had thousands of people tell me that was the number of their favorite pitcher for the Orioles when they were growing up," Guthrie said. "So from Day 1, I think I've been reminded of the legacy and of the work that Mike did not only as a player, but also as a member of the community in Baltimore.
"It's always been special, and now I think it takes on even a new level. He's not going to be forgotten soon, that's for sure."
After thinking about it overnight, Guthrie is considering hanging up his No. 46 for the rest of the season in honor of Flanagan.
Guthrie is looking for input from a number of people, including fans.
"Obviously, there's a lot of emotions flying around right now ... but it's a response that doesn't surprise me from Jeremy," said Orioles manager Buck Showalter. "We'll see. I'm not going to really weigh in on whether [he should do it]. It's a nice gesture."
Jones sits out finale with soreness
MINNEAPOLIS -- After leaving games early on consecutive nights, center fielder Adam Jones was out of the Orioles lineup for Thursday's series finale with the Twins.
Jones left Tuesday's game after just one inning and was taken to a local hospital for further evaluation. On Wednesday night, Jones left after six innings with soreness in his neck, shoulder and chest.
"Hopefully, today will be good for him, and he'll get back in there tomorrow," said manager Buck Showalter. "I've got some options with him off the bench."
The soreness Jones experienced on Wednesday and was still dealing with on Thursday morning likely was related to what forced him out of the game on Tuesday, when he had trouble catching his breath.
"Sometimes things like that could bring on the symptoms and some of the stuff he had," Showalter said. "He felt great in BP yesterday, so I'll take that as a positive."
Guerrero returns in finale vs. Twins
MINNEAPOLIS -- Orioles designated hitter Vladimir Guerrero was back in the lineup on Thursday afternoon after missing Wednesday's game with a left wrist contusion.
Guerrero, who was hit on the underside of his wrist by a ball during batting practice, was held out of the lineup as a precaution.
In the clubhouse after Wednesday's game, Guerrero had his wrist heavily wrapped and iced, but said he was fine.
"It was a little puffy [on Wednesday]," said Orioles manager Buck Showalter. "We probably could've pushed the envelope on him [on Wednesday], but with the quick turnaround with the day game and [lefty Francisco] Liriano pitching [on Thursday], we wanted to be careful.
"So far so good, but we've got some options if he gets in there and can't go."
Showalter said Guerrero was intent on playing on Wednesday, despite the injury, but the manager decided otherwise, making him a late scratch from the lineup.
"He was all taped up and ready to go and trying to play yesterday," Showalter said. "I just stopped him and said, 'Let's be smart with this.'"
Flanagan family issues statement for fans
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Flanagan family issued a statement on Thursday regarding the death of former Orioles pitcher, executive and broadcaster Mike Flanagan.
The statement read:
"We thank you for your support and kind words at this difficult time. Thank you for respecting our privacy as we grieve.
"A private memorial will be held at a later date."
--The Flanagan Family
Pie clears waivers, faces decision
MINNEAPOLIS -- Felix Pie cleared waivers on Thursday, and the Orioles left fielder was outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk.
Pie now has the option to become a free agent, which would mean forfeiting what is left of his $985,000 salary for 2011. He can also accept his assignment and report to the Tides, but he must make his decision by Saturday morning.
"It's good for us, not particularly good for him right now," said Orioles manager Buck Showalter. "But it may work out real well in the long haul for both of us.
"[Pie] and his agent and his family will make a decision, what's best for him in his career. We hope it includes us."
The Orioles designated Pie for assignment on Tuesday in an effort to get him some at-bats in the Minors and perhaps solve his offensive struggles.
Pie has batted just .220 this season, while slugging .280 with a .264 on-base percentage. All three numbers are well below Pie's career numbers. The former Cubs top prospect has also struggled defensively and on the basepaths.
Jordan Schelling is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.