"Mark and I talked today. We have an off day [Thursday]," Showalter said. "Head out on the road, and I thought it was important for him to get right back on the horse."
"I didn't consider it too long, but I understand what topics of conversations are," Showalter said. "They are certainly not going to be about the three or four above-average plays he has made. It's going to be about the other stuff. We had plenty of opportunities in that game last night to not make anything like that matter."
Showalter said it's difficult to see Reynolds struggle defensively — he has made two errors in five games, and first baseman Chris Davis saved him from one other — because Reynolds worked so hard to improve from his 26 errors at third base last season.
"That's part of the reason why he is in there today," Showalter said. "This is a guy that has put in probably as much hard work as anybody on our club during the offseason ,and it's kind of frustrating for us not to see him get a return for it."
Reynolds took the blame after Tuesday's loss, something that further earned the respect of his teammates.
"There's no one that's hurting more than him right now," said shortstop J.J. Hardy, Reynolds' closest friend on the team. "We all know how much work he has put into this. We all saw improvement in spring training. So it's hard, we all feel for him. We all know what he is capable of doing."
Hardy said people always talk about hitting slumps, but there are fielding slumps, too, and players have to work their way out of those rough times in front of the masses.
"When you don't make a pla,y there is probably no worse feeling in the world for us," Hardy said. "You have however many fans in the stands, and everyone is looking at you. It's a [terrible] feeling, and no one feels worse than he does."
Orioles sign Pineiro
The Orioles have signed 33-year-old right-hander Joel Pineiro to a minor league deal. He reported Wednesday to the club's extended spring complex in Sarasota, Fla., where he will work out until he is ready to pitch in games — likely beginning atTriple-A Norfolk.
Pineiro, who was 7-7 with a 5.13 ERA in 27 games (24 starts) with the Los Angeles Angels last year, was released by the Philadelphia Phillies in March after allowing seven hits and five runs (three earned) in six Grapefruit League innings.
Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said Pineiro was signed to give the Orioles an option as a long reliever. The club is without a true long man, partially because right-hander Alfredo Simon was claimed on waivers by the Cincinnati Reds this month.
"We lost Simon, he was the candidate to be the right-handed long guy," Duquette said. "And so we needed a long man."
In a 12-season career, Pineiro is 104-93 with a 4.41 ERA in 335 games (263 starts). He is 4-2 with a 3.99 ERA in 72 big league games as a reliever.
Wieters explains slider call
When young reliever Pedro Strop hung a slider to Raul Ibanez in Tuesday night's game, it was easy to wonder why catcher Matt Wieters would call for an off-speed pitch after Strop got ahead in the count with two sizzling fastballs. Wieters, however, did not second-guess the decision that led to Ibanez's game-winning double in the 12th inning.
"The slider he threw 0-1 [for a ball] was just nasty." Wieters said. "If he had thrown that same slider, [Ibanez] would have swung right over it."