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Ford, Phillips, Tolleson elect to become free agents

Posted on 06 November 2012 by WNST Staff

After being outrighted by the Orioles to Triple-A Norfolk on Friday, veteran outfielder Lew Ford has joined infielder Steve Tolleson and left-handed pitcher Zach Phillips in filing for free agency.

Ford batted .183 with three home runs in 25 games for the Orioles this season. The 35-year-old was signed to a minor-league deal before making his return to the big leagues in late July after a five-year absence.

Tolleson, 29, hit .183 in 29 games stretched over four separate stints with the Orioles in 2012.

The 26-year-old Phillips appeared in only six games for Baltimore in 2012, allowing four earned runs in six innings of work.

All three players are allowed to negotiate with other major league teams but could potentially re-sign with the Orioles.

The organization has 25 minor-league free agents, according to a list provided by Baseball America.

Other minor-league free agents who appeared in Baltimore at one point include left-handed pitcher Pedro Viola, middle infielders Ryan Adams and Blake Davis, and first baseman Rhyne Hughes.

Another notable name appearing on the list is 2006 first-round pick Billy Rowell, whose miserable run with the Orioles has come to an end after the 24-year-old never rose above Double-A Bowie in his seven years with the organization. Rowell was suspended 50 games for marijuana use during the 2012 season.

Here’s the entire Baseball American list:

RHP: Eric Beaulac (HiA), Matt Bischoff (HiA), Greg Burke (AAA), Brandon Erbe (HiA), Robert Hinton (AA), Oscar Melendez (HiA), Kyler Newby (AA), Joel Pineiro (AAA), Oscar Villarreal (AAA), Bobby Wilkins (LoA)
LHP: Zach Phillips (AAA), Rich Rundles (AAA), Pedro Viola (AAA)
C: Chase Weems (SS)
1B: Rhyne Hughes (AA), Billy Rowell (SS)
2B: Travis Adair (HiA), Ryan Adams (AAA)
SS: Blake Davis (AAA), Steve Tolleson (AAA)
OF: Josh Barfield (AA), Scott Beerer (AAA), Lew Ford (AAA), Jamie Hoffmann (AAA), Antoan Richardson (AA)

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Orioles add Eveland, option Tolleson for Rays series finale

Posted on 26 July 2012 by WNST Staff


The Orioles announced Thursday that they have selected the contract of left-handed pitcher Dana Eveland from Triple-A Norfolk and optioned infielder Steve Tolleson to the Tides.

Eveland went 0-1 with a 4.73 ERA (32.1IP, 17ER) in 14 games (two starts) in his first stint with the Orioles, May 11-July 15.

Tolleson batted .194/.242/.339 with two home runs and six RBI in 23 games for the Orioles in three stints this season.

With the addition of Eveland, the Orioles 25 and 40-man rosters are now full.

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Andino expected to miss 3-4 weeks with shoulder injury

Posted on 16 July 2012 by Luke Jones

Second baseman Robert Andino said he hoped only to miss a few days with the left shoulder injury that forced him out of Sunday’s game.

Instead, the Orioles are losing another player for an extended period of time as Andino is expected to miss three or four weeks after undergoing an MRI on Monday. He will be placed on the 15-day disabled list, according to reports from Minnesota where the Orioles began a four-game series with the Twins.

Andino injured his left shoulder diving for a ground ball in the sixth inning of the Orioles’ 4-0 loss to Detroit.

Tuesday’s starter Zach Britton will take Andino’s spot on the 25-man roster as the club suffered another injury blow on the same day starting pitcher Jason Hammel underwent right knee surgery that will keep him sidelined for at least three or four weeks.

Andino is hitting .230 with five home runs and 21 runs batted in this season while serving as the primary second baseman. Though the 28-year-old lost his starting job when veteran Brian Roberts returned to action in mid-June, Andino had regained his position when Roberts was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a hip injury. Roberts is contemplating having season-ending surgery.

The extended absence for Andino means the Orioles will turn to the combination of utility infielder Steve Tolleson and Rule 5 selection Ryan Flaherty to handle starting duties at second base. Tolleson was in the starting lineup on Monday night.

Manager Buck Showalter told reporters in Minnesota that Andino will report to Sarasota in a few days to begin rehabilitation.

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