Josh Thole expected to begin season in minors

Josh Thole expected to begin season in minors

When the Blue Jays acquired Josh Thole from the Mets in the R.A. Dickey deal last month, the expectation was that he would catch the majority of the knuckleballer’s starts in 2013. However, that won’t be the case if all goes according to plan. Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos indicated to Mike Cormack of…

Wieters knows the dangers Caleb Joseph faced

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Wieters knows the dangers Caleb Joseph faced

BALTIMORE—Matt Wieters knows about the dangers of catching. He can identify with Caleb Joseph, who went on the disabled list with a testicular injury on Tuesday. 

“I didn’t really know the severity of it at the time. It happens so often to catchers, you don’t really assume that it’s as severe as it was. He’s a tough kid who’s been through a lot of grinding in the minor leagues, so it takes a lot to be able to get him out of the game. I wasn’t surprised at all that he stayed in. But I definitely wish it wasn’t as bad as it was. Hopefully, everything will be fine once the soreness goes away and he’ll be back,” Wieters said. 

“I think every man can probably sympathized with Caleb a little bit. I’m sure he’s pretty sore today, but talking to him this morning, everything went as well as it could have last night. So, to be able to kind of rest a little bit and then get him back here at full strength will be good.”

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With Joseph out, Wieters will have his 11th backup since he got to Baltimore in 2009. Francisco Pena was recalled from Norfolk to serve as Wieters’ understudy while Joseph heals. 

Pena, who played briefly with Kansas City in 2014 and 2015, is the son of New York Yankees coach Tony Pena. He was with the Orioles during spring training. He was batting .200 with six RBIs at Norfolk.

He understands the dangers of being behind the plate.

“You can’t control that. It’s luck right there. Obviously, you’re wearing a cup, but it’s a matter of luck. You’re concerned, but you’re never thinking about it. You’ve got to be ready to block every pitch. You’ve got to be ready to catch. You can’t be thinking about it.” Pena said.

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Machado, Trumbo leaders in first All-Star voting

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Machado, Trumbo leaders in first All-Star voting

BALTIMORE—In the first release of All-Star Game voting, Manny Machado and Mark Trumbo are the leading Orioles votegetters. 

Machado, a two-time All-Star is leading American League third basemen with just over 630,000 votes, and Trumbo is third among outfielders. 

Kansas City’s Mike Moustakas, who suffered a season-ending knee injury last week, trails Machado by about 64,000 votes. 

Trumbo, who was an All-Star with the Angels in 2012, is behind his former Los Angeles teammate Mike Trout and Kansas City’s Lorenzo Cain in the voting. Trumbo, who has just under 642,000 votes, leads Boston’s Jackie Bradley, Jr. by about 85,000 votes.

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Chris Davis, who received the most All-Star votes in 2013, is third among first basemen. He is nearly half a million votes behind the Royals’ Eric Hosmer. 

Jonathan Schoop is in fifth place in the voting for second baseman. Schoop is more than 400,000 votes behind Houston’s Jose Altuve.

J.J. Hardy, a two-time All-Star, who is currently on the disabled list with a fracture in his left foot, is fifth among shortstops and is more than 370,000 votes behind Boston’s Xander Bogaerts. 

Matt Wieters, a three-time All-Star is in third place in the catchers’ voting. He is nearly 800,000 votes behind the AL voting leader, Kansas City’s Salvador Perez.

Adam Jones, a five-time All-Star is ninth and Joey Rickard is 14th in AL outfield voting. 

The All-Star Game will be played in San Diego’s Petco Park on July 12. 

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Joseph goes to the disabled list with testicular injury

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Joseph goes to the disabled list with testicular injury

BALTIMORE—Caleb Joseph was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a testicular injury he suffered on Monday. 

Joseph suffered the injury in the eighth inning with Boston’s Travis Shaw at bat. He remained in the game, and was on deck in the ninth when the game ended. 

But, afterwards Joseph went to the hospital for an examination, and he underwent a surgical procedure Monday night. 

“I’d be guessing about length of time, I know what they saw but there’s not a whole of history that says if you have this done and you’re a catcher, when will you be able to catch again. So, obviously not in those 15 days,” manager Buck Showalter said.

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Joseph, who is batting .182 in 23 games, was not at the ballpark on Tuesday. 

Now knowing the severity of the injury, Showalter was amazed that Joseph was able to remain in the game. 

“Without a doubt. I knew from knowing Caleb that for him to be down on his knees like that,” Showalter said. 
“But checking with him every inning between innings, I think it’s probably something, as you kind of get away and get out of the moment (the pain intensifies). I don’t know. I don’t have anything to base it on, you just kind of go by what the guy tells you and what he’s doing on the field is telling you. We were watching it closely, everybody tends to initially – let’s face it – kind of snicker some when that happens, but anybody that’s had it happen, it’s very serious and we always treat it that way.”  

This isn’t the first instance of a player being placed on the disabled list because of a testicular injury. In 2009, Adrian Beltre, then with Seattle, went on the DL with a severely bruised testicle. 

Chris Snyder, a catcher, who later played briefly with the Orioles, fractured a testicle in 2008. 

Oakland’s Billy Burns bruised a testicle last year.

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