6/30/2014 11:16 P.M. ET
Orioles contemplate next step with Reimold
By Brittany Ghiroli and David Wilson / MLB.com
BALTIMORE -- The Orioles have recalled Nolan Reimold from his 20-game rehab assignment and now have a "couple days," according to executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette, to determine the next step.
"In next day or so we have to reinstate him to our active roster or do something else with his contract," Duquette said of Reimold, who could also be designated for assignment, which would give the club 10 days to have the outfielder traded, released or pass through waivers.
Duquette said he has been talking with Reimold about ways to keep him in the organization, which could be tricky the way the current roster is constructed. Baltimore, playing a man down with Manny Machado's suspension, already has a trio of right-handed hitters in the outfielder/designated hitter category with Nelson Cruz, Steve Pearce and Delmon Young.
The 30-year-old Reimold was re-signed by Baltimore to a one-year, $1 million deal this winter and -- assuming he clears waivers -- would be ourighted to Triple-A Norfolk and could not refuse the assignment.
Reimold, who concluded his rehab assignment with Double-A Bowie over the weekend, has not played in a Major League game since July 13, 2013, and has appeared in 56 games since the end of 2011 due to a pair of neck surgeries.
Reimold had a corrective procedure this winter since the fusion didn't work properly the first time around and started this season on the disabled list after a spring in which he wasn't ready to play the field.
A career .252 hitter in parts of five seasons, Reimold hit a career-high 15 homers in 104 games in his rookie season in '09 and showed flashes of impressive power but dealt with serious injuries along the way.
He had a torn Achilles at the end of '09 and suffered the initial neck injury diving for a foul ball in the stands in a game at the Chicago White Sox. Reimold kept playing and hit five homers in his first 16 games in '12 before landing on the DL.
Davis returns to hot corner with Machado out
BALTIMORE -- Chris Davis only brings three gloves to the ballpark on game days. He has his first baseman's mitt that he will use during the game, a backup for that mitt, and a backup for the backup. At this point, there's usually no reason for him to need anything else.
When the lineup was posted on Monday, though, Davis was listed as the starter at third base. He knew it was a possibility with Manny Machado starting his five-game suspension on Monday, and now it was a reality.
Panting and wearing Machado's glove, Davis returned to the locker room after doing early work at third base.
"I'm really tired," Davis said.
This could be his reality for the next few days. Machado will be out of the Orioles' lineup until Saturday as he serves his suspension. Against the Rangers on Monday, Davis had four chances at third, recording three outs and making a throwing error in the fifth that led to Texas' lone run.
Davis' move to the position where he has played more than 70 games during his career allows Baltimore to insert outfielder Delmon Young into the lineup as a designated hitter and play Nelson Cruz in the outfield. The O's other option would have been to replace Machado with utility infielder Ryan Flaherty.
"It gives us a chance to get some more guys in the lineup," Davis said with a smile. "I have some experience playing third. It's been a couple years, but being the great athlete that I am it instills a lot of confidence in the manager to put me in there."
The Orioles would still like to add an additional infielder, and could make a move on Tuesday, if they don't need much from their bullpen on Monday.
Davis had some conversations with third-base coach Bobby Dickerson earlier in the week about potentially moving over to his old spot, and Orioles manager Buck Showalter said the slugger has "quietly" been getting work in at the position in case Baltimore opted to go with this defensive alignment.
"I've had one day where I took ground balls and just tried to kind of get a feel for it," Davis said, "but obviously playing first base every day I don't have a lot of time on my hands to go out there and take a lot of ground balls, so I'll do what I can."
Most of Davis' experience at third base came when he was a member of the Rangers. As a rookie in 2008, he played a career-high 32 games at the position for Texas.
Davis said he's curious to see how his former teammates will approach him as he faces his former team in a four-game series starting on Monday. Shortstop Elvis Andrus, Davis expects, will probably bunt against him every time.
"He can catch the ball, it's just sometimes he would over-attack it when he should have just gotten in good fielding position," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "We were just trying to calm him down. But Chris can play it. He is a good athlete and has a strong arm."
Davis was a little embarrassed that Machado's glove -- the one Davis will be wearing the next few days -- has the words "Gold Glove" on it, because that's not the player he's pretending to be the next few days. He joked that the glove is "magic," but he's not going to be the defender that Machado is.
"What was he, the platinum glove defender of the universe last year?" Davis said. "I was there for pretty much most of the year in 2011 and 2010 I played a lot, so it has been a while, but I feel somewhat comfortable over there."
Orioles recall reliever Ramirez, option Meek
BALTIMORE -- Amid the high fives and celebration for a 7-1 Orioles win against the Rangers on Monday night at Camden Yards, there was an introduction.
Ramon Ramirez came off the field after pitching a scoreless ninth inning and for the first time met his new manager.
"I don't think I've ever had a pitcher pitch for me that I've never met," Buck Showalter said, "and tonight was a first."
Ramirez didn't arrive in Baltimore until after 7 p.m., Showalter said, and wasn't in the bullpen until 8:30. A little more than an hour later, the relief pitcher struck out two batters and walked one in a hitless final frame.
"We had all these things going around," Showalter said. "'The package has landed. The package has arrived. It's in the bullpen now.'"
The O's selected Ramirez's from Triple-A Norfolk prior to Monday's series opener against the Rangers and optioned righty Evan Meek to give the team another rested bullpen arm behind Ubaldo Jimenez.
The 32-year-old pitched eight scoreless innings for the Tides in five relief appearances before getting the callup, striking out 14 without allowing a walk. He is a career 23-21 with a 3.42 ERA in 423 Major League games over eight seasons with Colorado (2006-07), Kansas City (2008), Boston (2009-10), San Francisco (2010-11, '13) and the Mets (2012).
Meek, 31, is 0-3 with a 7.47 ERA in 15 games for the Orioles this season and last pitched on Sunday, allowing four earned runs. The move helps the O's cover themselves in the event of another short start and gives them another option with lefty reliever T.J. McFarland scheduled to pitch on Tuesday.
Considering the circumstances, Showalter was impressed with his newest arm. Ramirez went to a full count with the first batter he faced before striking him out. From there, Showalter felt Ramirez settled in.
"He was solid," Showalter said. "He had command of all his pitches."
• The Orioles reinstated Michael Almanzar from the 60-day disabled list on Monday and designated the third baseman for assignment. The former Rule 5 Draft pick will have to pass through waivers before accepting his assignment and the Red Sox will have the option of taking Almanzar back.
• T.J. McFarland will "more than likely" start on Tuesday, Showalter said. The only way the relief pitcher won't make his second career start is if the O's need him to pitch on Monday.
• The Orioles announced the signing of seventh-round Draft pick Max Schuh on Monday. The left-handed pitcher will forego his final season of eligibility at UCLA.
Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Twitter @britt_ghiroli. David Wilson is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.