The Baltimore Orioles are bringing catcher Caleb Joseph back to the major leagues. He’ll take the roster spot of Chance Sisco, who was sent back down after yesterday’s game. Sisco was originally in the starting lineup, but was scratched just before first pitch due to an illness. Manager Buck Showalter indicated that he thought Sisco was coming down with the bug that had afflicted much of the clubhouse (including Showalter, who’s still suffering from the remnants of bronchitis). That may well be true, but none the less Sisco was optioned almost immediately after the game ended.
This will mean that the Orioles will once again have a pair of brothers on the team with Caleb and his brother Corban. Obviously not as high profile as the Ripken brothers, but I digress. It’s unknown if Joseph or Austin Wynns will be “the starting catcher,” or if they’ll platoon. Personally I’m still of the mindset that Joseph has upside in the organization. Only one way to find out.
The O’s will have to make a roster move prior to Wednesday’s game in Washington as Andrew Cashner will be activated off the DL to make the start. So who’s the corresponding move? Here’s a prediction; in my opinion David Hess has made it near impossible for the Orioles to send him down. Granted he’s starting tomorrow night and a really poor outing might not help him, but overall I think he belongs here. Might it be time for the O’s to at least risk parting ways with Mike Wright?
I say risk parting ways because the Orioles would have to designate him for assignment, which would mean he might sign elsewhere – on the Orioles’ dime. Wright hasn’t been used in games much of late, and in reality he’s taking up a roster spot. Now it could also work out to where he stays in the organization and accepts a minor league spot. But that’s unclear as to whether it’s feasible or would happen.Time will tell, but one thing is certain and that’s the Cashner will be returning on Wednesday.