While awaiting the big roster move today involving the activation of 2B Brian Roberts from the 60-day DL, the Orioles made another small move on Sunday.
The Orioles acquired OF Eric Thames from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for Bowie INF Ty Kelly.
Thames, 26, was designated for assignment by the Mariners on June 22nd in order to make room for OF Franklin Gutierrez off the 60-day DL.
Thames, who was hitting .295 with seven home runs and 33 RBIs for Seattle’s Triple A Tacoma Rainiers, was optioned to the Orioles’ Triple-A affiliate, the Norfolk Tides.
The former Blue Jay has two years of major league service, and has a career .250 BA, 21 HRs and 62 RBIs.
Thames has not played since June 15th after suffering a fractured left hand colliding with an infielder. The infielder spiked his hand with his cleats.
Thames will report to the Orioles training facility in Sarasota and will resume baseball activities next week.
Thames, who the Orioles have shown interest in previously, had an interesting exchange with the Orioles last season.
Not only did Thames become the 58th player to hit a HR onto Eutaw Street when he connected off reliever Tommy Hunter last April, he also became quite the viral video when an attempt to catch a foul ball off the bat of 1B Chris Davis caused his cleats to let off sparks when his shoes hit the garage door in the right field corner.
Kelly, a utility man playing mostly 3B for the Baysox, was hitting .283 AVG, 1 HR, 47 RBI for Bowie. He also had four SB’s and 21 doubles.
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