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Orioles demote Tommy Hunter back to Triple-A

May 29, 2012, 5:27 PM EDT

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For the second time this season the Orioles have optioned Tommy Hunter back to Triple-A, with the latest demotion coming after he failed to make it out of the fourth inning yesterday versus the Blue Jays.

Hunter has a 5.59 ERA and 31/14 K/BB ratio in 58 innings, allowing 13 homers and a .300 opponents’ batting average. He also wasn’t much good for the Orioles after they acquired him from the Rangers in the middle of last season, posting a 5.06 ERA with 11 homers allowed in 69 innings.

Triple-A call-up Miguel Gonzalez replaced Hunter on the roster, but the Orioles will likely look elsewhere for a rotation replacement because he’s mostly been a reliever this year. Baltimore also activated outfielder Endy Chavez from the disabled list, sending down Xavier Avery.

  1. proudlycanadian - May 29, 2012 at 5:30 PM

    Drat! I wanted to see him start again against the Jays.

  2. El Bravo - May 29, 2012 at 5:42 PM

    Poor Tommy. He just had his cameo on “Veep” the other day too…things were looking so up…

  3. xsherr - May 29, 2012 at 6:21 PM

    Why send down Xavier? He’s far better than that Chavez character.

    • randomdigits - May 29, 2012 at 7:40 PM

      Take a look at X’s last two weeks.

      • Loose Changeup - May 30, 2012 at 11:00 AM

        I agree that .190/.292/.262 for X-Man in the last 2 weeks ain’t gonna cut it, but Endy is .131/.172/.164 for the season. I’m hoping this is his “prove it or we’ll replace you with someone 12 years younger” stint.

  4. nittanybluehen - May 30, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    His starts look like batting practice sessions.

    • Loose Changeup - May 30, 2012 at 11:02 AM

      Similar to Mike Gonzalez’s relief pitching. So, the O’s won that trade by the virtue of getting more innings of similar quality, amirite?

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