Cruz, Showalter react to Lackey's comments
Red Sox righty hints at Biogenesis suspension after slugger's big game
BOSTON -- The big news in Saturday night's 7-4 Orioles' nightcap win over the Red Sox was Nelson Cruz's five-hit night, which saw him fall just short of the cycle.
The Red Sox were not keen on heaping praise on Cruz, however, with Boston starter John Lackey saying: "I'm not even going to comment on him. I've got nothing to say about him. There are some things that I would like to say, but I'm not going to. You guys [in the media] forget pretty conveniently about stuff."
Lackey has made it clear before about his thoughts on players who have been suspended for PEDs, and Boston's manager John Farrell didn't have a whole lot to add about Cruz postgame, noting that he "looked strong."
Cruz said Sunday morning he was not aware of Lackey's comments and has had no history with the right-hander.
"What I care is about my teammates, what they think about me," Cruz said. "When you go to ballparks and beat other teams, they are not going to be happy regardless of what you do. What I care about is what my teammates think about me and what my fans think about me. Like I've said before, they are not going to be happy when I come in and do good. They want to see me strike out every time."
Cruz, who was suspended 50 games last season for his role in the Biogenesis scandal, was asked if this was something he would have to deal with his whole career.
"Like I said, everybody is free to talk," he said. "What I care [about] is what I'm doing here. You can't go and confront everyone who talks, you know? My point is to go and play hard and try to get hits for the team."
Orioles manager Buck Showalter suggested that Lackey check his "own backyard" first before commenting on Cruz, which refers to Boston slugger David Ortiz's past. Ortiz was listed in a 2003 report that had more than 100 MLB players who had tested positive for a banned substance.
"You consider sources of people and some of their emotions after the game, whether it be a player's comment or a manager's comment or some fan's comment," Showalter said. "You understand that nobody makes those comments after they pitched a complete-game shutout or Nelson is 0-for-5. It's human nature. We need to all make sure we check our own backyard before we start looking at someone else's."
Ramirez designated to make room for Gausman
BOSTON -- The Orioles designated reliever Ramon Ramirez for assignment to clear a roster spot for Sunday's starter, Kevin Gausman, whose return from the Minor Leagues again leaves the club with a six-man staff. But perhaps not for long.
"We could send somebody out [to the Minors], like we did just about every other year to make sure we've got some depth in our bullpen and really not lose anything and still be able to get back before the 10 days are up post All-Star break," manager Buck Showalter said. " We could, not saying we're going to. We'll see how the next few days go."
If that's the case, Gausman could be the guy to go. With Bud Norris coming through a two-inning simulated game Saturday with no issues, he's tentatively slated to start Tuesday. That pushes back Miguel Gonzalez and Wei-Yin Chen a day, where they have historically pitched better. All of that will depend, in large part, on how much the bullpen is used over the next few days as the O's play a reliever short.
If Ramirez clears waivers, he will remain in the organization and can be outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk.
Reimold claimed by Blue Jays
BOSTON -- Orioles outfielder Nolan Reimold has been claimed off waivers by the Blue Jays, a source confirmed to MLB.com on Sunday afternoon.
The news, first tweeted by a relative of Reimold, isn't a shock given Blue Jays slugger Edwin Encarnacion 's recent injury and Reimold's power potential. The 30-year-old outfielder, who has been limited to 56 Major League games since the beginning of the 2012 season, has shown flashes of his potential, but has been hampered by two consecutive season-ending neck procedures from an injury that originally occurred diving into the stands to make a catch.
As the claiming club, Toronto must pick up what remains of Reimold's $1.025 million salary for this season, which is roughly $500,000. Reimold was reinstated from the disabled list last week, and the Orioles tried to find a trade partner for him before placing him on waivers.
Reimold hit 344/.439/.594 with two homers and seven RBIs in 17 games with Double-A Bowie, but had no spot on the O's roster with right-handed hitters Delmon Young, Steve Pearce and Nelson Cruz sharing the designated hitter and outfield duties.
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.