After an MRI exam of second baseman Brian Roberts' right hip on Thursday showed a labrum tear, manager Buck Showalter said Friday that Roberts will seek a second opinion on the injury in Atlanta. Surgery would be one of the options for Roberts, who was placed on the disabled list on Tuesday with a sore groin and mentioned his hip issues to the Orioles after that. "I traded texts with him back and forth. [He's] obviously a little depressed about the physical issue," Showalter said. "We were hoping to get better news. "I feel sorry for Brian, he worked so hard to get back to this point, to have something else crop up, it's frustrating for him." Angels: Hurley called up
The Halos called up right-hander Eric Hurley on Friday to fill the roster spot of Garrett Richards, who was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake on Thursday. An extra arm for an overworked bullpen, Hurley went 7-7 with a 5.38 ERA in 17 starts for Salt Lake this season. It is the first time Hurley has been in the big leagues since he started five games with the Rangers in 2008. "I think Eric is an interesting guy and he'll help us in the bullpen right now," manager Mike Scioscia said. "He had a rough spring for us, but he made some adjustments. He's a guy that's been pitching well for the last month in Triple-A. He's got some length in him." Worth noting
The Orioles are over .500 against the American League East (17-15), the AL Central (10-6) and National League (11-7), but just 7-10 against the AL West this season. The Orioles optioned Thursday's starter, Jake Arrieta, to Triple-A Norfolk on Friday and are expected to activate infielder/outfielder Steve Tolleson prior to Saturday's game. Injured Angels right-hander Jerome Williams, who has been on the DL since June 20 while recovering from respiratory problems, made what should be his final rehab start on Friday night at Triple-A Salt Lake. He gave up six runs (five earned) in two innings in his first rehab outing on Sunday.