L.J. Hoes was at home in Mitchellville watching a Tom Selleck baseball flick Tuesday around noon when his phone rang.
A week after his Triple-A season ended, Hoes received notice to come to Baltimore — and be there in two hours or so.
“I got the call at 12:15 today, I was actually sitting at home, watching a movie, “Mr. Baseball,” and they called and said we need you here by 2:15,” said Hoes, the organization’s third round pick in 2008. “So now I’m here.”
With Nick Markakis breaking his left thumb on Saturday, the Orioles needed to fortify their outfield. So Hoes and veteran Endy Chavez were both put on the 40-man roster and summoned to the big leagues. To make room for them, right-handed reliever Kevin Gregg and minor league infielder Ryan Adams, who hit .224 in 65 games with Triple-A Norfolk, were designated for assignment.
When Hoes makes his big league debut, he’ll be the first position player to have grown up in Maryland and play for the Orioles since Cal Ripken Jr. in 2001.
“It’s great. It’s a great feeling,” said Hoes, who batted .300 with a .374 on-base percentage in 82 games with Triple-A Norfolk as a 22-year-old after a promotion from Double-A. “I dreamed of this day happening at some point, so I’m just glad to be up here now and help out any way I can.”
Chavez was in New York with his family, assuming his season, and likely his career with the Orioles, was over when he was told he was needed.
“It’s kind of shocking for me to be in this position,” said Chavez, who batted .190 in 47 games with the Orioles this season before being taken off the roster on Aug. 4. “I’m happy to be back and try to do something for the team to help them to win.”
Chavez, 34, batted just .149 with Norfolk in 15 games, so he really didn’t think he’d be an option even when Markakis was injured.
Showalter said executive vice president Dan Duquette looked at obtaining an outfielder after Markakis’ injury, but “we felt like what was out there wasn’t any better … than Endy or L.J. that were already here.”
There were offers, Showalter said, but not enticing ones, especially considering the acquired player would not be eligible for the postseason roster since they weren’t in the organization by Sept. 1 (Hoes and Chavez were).
“If you want to trade Manny [Machado] for a guy that’s going to be here for three weeks and not eligible for the playoffs, if we’re lucky enough to make it, we probably could have done that. Not gonna do it.”
Around the horn
Markakis only needed pins to be inserted into his broken left thumb Tuesday during surgery in Florida, not a plate as originally expected. Showalter said the surgery was successful and not invasive and that in 21 days Markakis can have the pins removed. The club is still holding out hope he could return to the Orioles at some point in October if the Orioles reach the postseason. … Jim Thome (herniated disk in neck) is expected to take batting practice in a cage Wednesday in Sarasota, Fla. … Troy Patton (right ankle sprain) is expected to participate in another side session Wednesday and potentially throw batting practice Friday. … Chris Tillman (elbow) threw a bullpen Tuesday, felt fine and could start later this week. … The Orioles starter for Thursday is still listed as TBA.
Baltimore Sun reporter Eduardo A. Encina contributed to this article.