Did anyone forget about Steve Lombardozzi? The Maryland native was sent down to the Orioles’ Triple-A affiliate, the Norfolk Tides, after the team’s April 27th game against the Royals. He was brought back up for a short stint in late May when he got a chance to bat once against Cleveland in Baltimore when he struck out. After that, he was sent back down to Norfolk and has been down there ever since.
Going into June, Lombardozzi was actually batting well down in Triple-A. With a .286 batting average and .344 on-base percentage, Lombardozzi was in a prime position to get called back up to Baltimore to at least get the back-up second baseman position.
However, that role still belongs to Ryan Flaherty at this point in time. Meanwhile, while Lombardozzi waits for his chance to come back up to the big leagues, his batting numbers continue to plummet making the desire to play for the Orioles again this season that much less of a possibility.
In June alone, he is batting .227 with only a .242 on-base percentage. He also has struck out five times this month and only has one extra base hit (a double).
His past ten games were very lackluster. In seven of those ten games, Lombardozzi failed to get a single hit. In his last 33 at-bats, he only has four hits.
It is safe to say the guy is in a big time slump. Although I understand it for batters to go through periods of time where they just cannot seem to get on base, if Lombardozzi has any aspirations of being a part of the 2014 Baltimore Orioles again, he is going to need to boast his numbers and prove to Buck Showalter, Dan Duquette and the entire Orioles organization that he deserves to be on the Orioles’ active roster.