Orioles recall INF/OF Danny Valencia from Triple-A Norfolk

Infielder Danny Valencia #35 of the Baltimore Orioles poses for a photo during photo day at Ed Smith Stadium on February 22, 2013 in Sarasota, Florida. He was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk this morning. He will bat in the DH spot today against the Tampa Bay Rays.

The Orioles needed a bat since Ryan Flaherty was demoted to the minors.

I feel bad for Flaherty, but it was a long time coming and the second base position offensively has become a black hole.

I would think that Buck Showalter and the Orioles will give Yamaico Navarro a chance at second base. Honestly, he could not do much worse than Flaherty with the bat..


Orioles recall INF/OF Danny Valencia from Triple-A Norfolk

The Orioles today announced that they have recalled INF/OF DANNY VALENCIA from Triple-A Norfolk.

Valencia, 28, is batting .306/.339/.600 with 14 doubles, 11 home runs and 35 RBI in 40 games for the Tides this season, including seven home runs in his last 10 games and a line of .324/.381/.838 with six home runs in 37 at-bats against left-handed pitching. He has hit .316/.359/.472 in 326 plate appearances against southpaws in his major league career.

Valencia batted .311/.351/.448 in 85 games with the Twins in 2010, finishing third in the American League Rookie of the Year balloting. In three seasons with Minnesota (2010-12) and Boston (2012), he has batted .257/.297/.389 with 25 home runs and 133 RBI in 283 games. Valencia will wear #35.