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67 Michael Almanzar 3B
Height/Weight: 6-3/190 | Birthdate: 12/2/1990 | Birthplace: Santo Domingo, DR | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Baltimore | College: | MLB Experience: Rookie | Salary: /images/players/unknown_hat.gif | Owned/Started%: 0/0 | Average Draft Position: 1605.00

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Red Sox announce pair of roster moves


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/1/2014) The Red Sox announced Tuesday pitcher Chris Capuano cleared waivers and was released. The team also announced infielder Michael Almanzar, who was chosen by the Orioles in December's Rule 5 draft, was returned to the team after he was designated for assignment Monday.

Michael Almanzar taken off 40-man roster following activation


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/30/2014) The Orioles announced Monday infielder Michael Almanzar (knee) was activated from the 60-day disabled list and designated for assignment. The Orioles selected Alamanzar from the Red Sox in December's Rule 5 draft.

Michael Almanzar on rehab assignment Sunday


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/22/2014) Orioles infielder Michael Almanzar is playing a rehab game Sunday with Class A Frederick, reports the Baltimore Sun. Almanzar is making his way back from patellar tendinitis.

Michael Almanzar gets another injection


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5/18/2014) Orioles infielder Michael Almanzar received a second PRP injection in his knee last week, manager Buck Showalter told the Baltimore Sun. There will be more rest and more waiting for the Rule 5 pick, the paper said.

Almanzar is trying to come back from patellar tendinitis.


Michael Almanzar received PRP injection


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/1/2014) Orioles infielder Michael Almanzar received a PRP injection recently, according to MLB.com.

Almanzar has been dealing with knee issues. He was able to get through some early appearances, but felt some soreness following his last outing. 


Michael Almanzar dealing with minor soreness


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2014) Orioles outfielder Michael Almanzar played third base Wednesday during an extended spring game, but experienced minor soreness, according to MASN Sports on Thursday.

Almanzar began his playing in simulated games on Tuesday, but has not suffered any setbacks, as he continues to work his way back from patellar tendinitis. He remains without a timetable for his return.

Michael Almanzar begins playing in extended spring games


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2014) Orioles outfielder Michael Almanzar (knee) played five innings at DH during an extended spring game Tuesday. He will play seven innings at third base Wednesday.

Michael Almanzar close to playing in extended spring training


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/11/2014) Orioles infielder Michael Almanzar close to being ready to play in extended spring training games, according to MASN Sports on Friday. Almanzar is working his way back from patellar tendinitis. He was limited to only light baseball activities recently.

Injured O's players continuing to progress


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2014) The Orioles updated the status of three of their injured players Sunday.

Infielder Michael Almanzar (knee) will start light baseball activities, while starting pitcher Dylan Bundy (elbow) is slated to throw a 30-pitch bullpen session Monday. Outfielder Francisco Peguero (wrist) will resume baseball activities and start a hitting progression Monday.


Orioles finalize opening day roster


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2014) The Orioles made several roster moves Sunday as they finalized their opening day roster.

The Orioles placed four players on the 15-day disabled list. They were Michael Almanzar (left patellar tendinitis), infielder Manny Machado (knee surgery), outfielder Francisco Peguero (right wrist tendinitis) and outfielder Nolan Reimold (neck). They also placed pitcher Edgmer Escalona (shoulder) on the 60-day disabled list.

The Orioles also selected the contracts of outfielder Delmon Young and reliever Evan Meek, while pitcher Mike Belfiore was desginated for assignment and Johan Santana, who is recovering from shoulder surgery, was reassigned to minor-league camp.


Michael Almanzar expected to be placed on disabled list


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2014) Orioles infielder Michael Almanzar will likely begin the season on the disabled list, MLB.com reports.

Almanzar has been dealing with patellar tendinitis over the last few days. He hit .200/.275/.371 with one home run in 35 at-bats this spring.


Michael Almanzar dealing with patellar tendinitis


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2014) Orioles infielder Michael Almanzar is dealing with patellar tendinitis, according to the Baltimore Sun

Almanzar was already expected to be held out of action for a few days. It's possible he'll need a stint on the disabled list to open the year. 


Michael Almanzar shut down for a few days


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2014) Orioles infielder Michael Almanzar will be shut down for a few days following a MRI on his knee, according to MASN. 

The team is keeping mum on the results of the MRI, though manager Buck Showalter did admit Almanzar will not need surgery. Almanzar may open the season on the disabled list. 


Michael Almanzar needs MRI for left knee injury


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2014) Orioles third baseman Michael Almanzar, who was selected in December's Rule 5 draft, will have an MRI on his left knee Monday. He is batting .200 (7 for 35) with one home run, three doubles and nine RBI in 19 spring games.

Michael Almanzar goes to Orioles


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/12/2013) The Orioles selected third baseman Michael Almanzar from the Red Sox organization in the Rule 5 draft Thursday. Almanzar, 23, hit .268 with 16 homers and a .760 OPS at Double-A Portland last season.

"[Almanzar] has had a lot of experience having signed young," executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette told MLB.com. "He got a healthy bonus when he signed, and he has made good progress in all areas of his game the last two years, so we will see how he does. It's a challenge for him to go to the big leagues and perform, but he performed all year in Double-A with the bat."


Michael Almanzar finally living up to the hype


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/29/2013) Red Sox third base prospect Michael Almanzar has had a slow progression through the minors since his much-anticipated signing as a 16-year-old prospect in 2007. However, after years of struggling, the 22-year-old infielder is finally blossoming in the minors.

After arriving stateside at 17 years old in 2008, the Red Sox tried to rush Almanzar through the minors, but the results were disastrous. 

"You saw the offensive potential, but there was a lot of immaturity at that point, being 17 years old with all of the attention he was getting, I think at the time, the pressure got to him just a little bit, which is understandable," said Kevin Boles, who managed Almanzar at Class A Greenville in 2008 and 2009 and is now reunited with him in Double-A Portland, per WEEI.com. "It happens with a lot of young players."

Though, it finally started to click for Almanzar in 2012 at high Class A Salem. He hit .300 with a .353 on-base percentage and .812 OPS. He's carried that success over into the start of 2013 for Portland. Through 21 games, he has a slash line of .322/.372/.575/.947, while adding five home runs, seven doubles and 17 RBI.

"He's reworked his swing. People that say he’s the same guy -- no. His approach has changed," Boles said. "He’s a guy that had an open stance, a lot of movement, a lot of upper half movement, and then he would close in on the ball, go from an open stance to a closed stride. Now he’s squared up to the pitcher. He’s got a lot more rhythm at the plate. And it’s a quiet rhythm and a quiet confidence. He is really impacting the ball to right field now, using all the fields."