8/9/2013 9:50 P.M. ET
Duquette stays mum on possible reunion with Reynolds
By Brittany Ghiroli / MLB.com
SAN FRANCISCO -- Do the Orioles have interest in bringing back Mark Reynolds?
Perhaps. But executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette reminded reporters on Friday that the former Oriole -- who was designated for assignment Thursday -- is still under Cleveland's control and remained mum on a possible reunion.
"Given the circumstances, it's not appropriate for me to discuss a player under contract with another ballclub," Duquette said. "We do have a credible right-handed hitter in [Triple-A Norfolk's] Danny Valencia."
As part of being designated for assignment, Cleveland owns his contract and -- while it's unlikely they find a trade partner given his salary and recent performance -- it's out of the O's hands right now. It's a much more likely scenario that Baltimore would take a flier on Reynolds as a low-risk signing if he gets released, meaning they are off the hook for his salary.
"Yeah, well, let's see how it plays out," Duquette said of that scenario. "Let's see how it plays out."
Reynolds hit .215/.307/.373 with 15 homers and 48 RBIs in 99 games for the Indians, striking out 123 times in 384 plate appearances. Always streaky, Reynolds followed a red-hot April by hitting .218 in May, .187 in June, and .098 in July. His playing time had diminished considerably and he's 3-for-9 in August.
Reynolds hit .221/.328/.458 in two seasons with the O's and, while his bat is capable of carrying a team offensively, he's also strikeout-prone and had a prolonged slump in the first half of last season.
The Orioles declined Reynolds' $11 million option this winter and later non-tendered him, making him a free agent. Cleveland offered him a one-year, $6-million deal with incentives in December. The Orioles DH spot is hitting .210/.269/.389 with 16 homers and 46 RBIs and the club has employed a rotating cast without a true DH.
Hammel receives cortisone shot in right arm
SAN FRANCISCO -- Jason Hammel (right flexor mass tightness) received a cortisone injection Friday after Dr. James Andrews reviewed his MRI results. He will not come off the disabled list when eligible on Tuesday.
Hammel tried to throw earlier this week and still felt some discomfort and things have been moving slower than expected, prompting a second opinion from Andrews.
"It's better than it was before the injection, but it's still not completely resolved," manager Buck Showalter said of the injury, which is being labeled as tightness in the area where the forearm and elbow connect.
"Because of all the things that's going on, its actually good to get that peace of mind that what we are dealing with is actually the case. I think he's eliminated all doubt about the structure being good. It's good there."
The 30-year-old Hammel is 7-8 with a 5.20 ERA in 21 starts and has been dealing with the injury to a certain degree since Spring Training, with the team opting to place him on the DL when they acquired starter Bud Norris at the Trade Deadline.
"The doctors weren't able to identify a significant issue, so I'm hopeful he's going to come back and pitch for us," executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said. "We'll see how he goes. But, I know he wants to come back and pitch."
O's release 2014 Pet Calendar for good cause
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Orioles' 2014 Pet Calendar featuring players and their pets is currently on sale at www.orioles.com/petcalendar, with proceeds to benefit the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS).
To help further support BARCS' efforts to find safe homes for dogs and cats in the area, Orioles players including Chris Davis, Tommy Hunter, Nate McLouth, Darren O'Day and Matt Wieters will appear at "Pawz for Pazo," an exclusive event at PAZO Restaurant in Harbor East on Sunday, September 8.
A limited number of tickets will be made available for purchase for $100 for the event, which will take place from 7:00-9:00 p.m. Admission for the event includes a signed 2014 Orioles Pet Calendar and food and beverages. Tickets are available at www.missiontix.com.
Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.