Once a week or so MLB announces minor-league suspensions for performance-enhancing drugs and they usually do so as close to 5:00 p.m. as possible. I’m sure that’s just a coincidence and has nothing to do with trying to get the news out there after baseball media has checked out for the day.
Anyway, yesterday the five o’clock suspensions included a trio of minor leaguers and none of them warranted much attention at first glance. However, it turns out that former 36th-round pick Nick Parent, a rookie-ball catcher in the White Sox farm system, is the son of White Sox bench coach and former big leaguer Mark Parent.
Nick Parent received a 50-game suspension for the anabolic steroid Stanozolol, which you may remember from Rafael Palmeiro’s positive test in 2005. Parent is a non-prospect, hitting .113 in rookie-ball. His dad played in the majors from 1986-1998, including briefly being teammates with Palmeiro on the 1996 Orioles.
The Orioles announced, prior to Sunday’s game against the Yankees, that the club signed pitcher Tommy Hunter to a major league contract. In related roster moves, the club recalled pitcher Oliver Drake from Triple-A Norfolk and designated pitcher T.J. McFarland and outfielder Julio Borbon for assignment.
The Indians released Hunter on Thursday after he struggled in a rehab assignment with Triple-A Columbus. Hunter was recovering from a non-displaced fracture in his lower back. The right-hander put up a respectable 3.74 ERA with a 17/5 K/BB ratio in 21 2/3 innings for the Indians.
This will be Hunter’s second stint with the Orioles. The O’s had acquired him along with first baseman Chris Davis at the trade deadline from the Rangers in 2011 in the Koji Uehara trade.
The Orioles are only responsible for paying Hunter the prorated major league minimum.
Orioles DH Mark Trumbo drilled a two-run home run to left-center field off of reliever Ben Heller in the eighth inning of Sunday afternoon’s game against the Yankees. In doing so, he became the first player to reach the 40-homer plateau this season.
Trumbo finished 1-for-4 on the afternoon. Along with the 40 dingers, he’s hitting .257/.317/.541 with 96 RBI. He has already set a career-high in homers and is four RBI away from tying his career high in that regard.
Trumbo is eligible for free agency after the season. Needless to say, his performance in 2016 bodes well for his ability to secure a hefty contract.