This comes a day late but baseball has taken a back to seat to soccer in my brain the past few days.
Unfortunately, Wilson native Freddie Bynum's stint with the Baltimore Orioles has come to an end . Bynum, who played at Beddingfield and later Pitt Community College, was designated for assignment by the American League club on Monday.
Bynum has struggled with injuries throughout his career, especially since coming to Baltimore in a trade from the Chicago Cubs in December, 2006. He suffered a strained hamstring last July, then a hand injury as he was coming back from the hamstring. At the beginning of this season, Bynum had arthroscopic surgery on his knee and didn't get onto the field until May.
Bynum, a shortstop, was hitting below the Mendoza Line (the .200 benchmark named for former Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Mario Mendoza) and that's not going to cut it.
The Orioles have 10 days to decide whether to release Bynum, trade him or put him on waivers. If the club opts for the latter, Bynum will be sent to the minor leagues which isn't the best place to be for a 28-year-old.
Hopefully, Freddie will get another chance at "The Show" before long.