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Orioles activate Teagarden from DL, designate Snyder for assignment

Posted on 04 June 2013 by WNST Staff

The Orioles announced Tuesday that they have reinstated catcher Taylor Teagarden from the 15-day disabled list and designated catcher Chris Snyder for assignment.

Teagarden, 29, was placed on the DL on April 28 with a dislocated left thumb. He has appeared in four games for the Orioles this season, going hitless in 13 at-bats. He threw out one of two attempted base stealers.

Snyder, 32, went 2-for-17 in six games with the Orioles. The club went 4-1 in his five starts.

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Chen making slow progress on road back from oblique injury

Posted on 28 May 2013 by Luke Jones

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WASHINGTON — As rookie right-hander Kevin Gausman was making his second major league start on Tuesday night, the Orioles continue to wait patiently on the recovery of left-hander Wei-Yin Chen.

Chen was eligible to return from the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday, but the Taiwanese southpaw has yet to pick up a baseball as he rehabs a strained right oblique injury in Sarasota. The 27-year-old exited his start in Minnesota on May 12 after throwing five shutout innings and was officially placed on the disabled list two days later.

Oblique injuries are problematic with a high rate of setbacks because it’s difficult for training staffs to determine whether the muscle has truly healed until the player begins throwing again. Manager Buck Showalter and Chen both expressed the need to be cautious to make sure the lefty is healthy for the duration of the season.

“There’s a little progress, but not anything big,” Showalter said. “Little by little. It’s so hard to handicap that, but he’s doing OK.”

Chen is 3-3 with a 3.04 earned run average in eight starts covering 47 1/3 innings this season and had been the club’s most consistent starter at the time of the injury.

In other injury-related news, second baseman Brian Roberts has begun hitting off a tee and is on schedule for the projected six-week recovery laid out after he underwent surgery on his right hamstring nearly three weeks ago.

“He’s on schedule,” Showalter said. “He started increasing his baseball activities, his tee work, and soft toss, and he felt fine. I know him, he wants it to happen tomorrow, but I don’t think it’s ‘if,’ it’s ‘when’ with Brian.”

Infielder Wilson Betemit has finally begun some baseball-related activity as he is now playing catch and could continue to increase his level of activity. He has been sidelined since March with a Grade 2/3 PCL tear in his right knee and originally expressed hope that he would return in eight weeks.

With the Orioles struggling to find production at the designated hitter spot for much of the season, Betemit would be an ideal option against right-handed pitching after batting .302 and posting an .859 on-base plus slugging percentage against right-handed hurlers last season.

“Wilson’s a little bit of a forgotten guy in this [lineup],” Showalter said. “He did a lot of good things for us last year and we’re looking forward to getting him back.”

Backup catcher Taylor Teagarden (left thumb) caught five innings in an extended spring game on Monday and could be ready to go on a minor-league rehab assignment within the next few days. He will catch once again on Wednesday after serving as the DH in Tuesday’s extended spring training contest.

Infield prospect Jonathan Schoop will get a second opinion on his lower back in California on Wednesday after executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette revealed last week that the 21-year-old is dealing with a stress fracture in his back. That type of injury would likely keep Schoop sidelined until after the All-Star break, according to the initial prognosis.


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Orioles acquire veteran C Snyder from Angels

Posted on 29 April 2013 by WNST Staff

The Baltimore Orioles traded minor league right handed reliever Rob Delaney to the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for veteran catcher Chris Snyder.

The 32-year-old Snyder will join the Birds in Seattle Monday night (replacing Luis Exposito on the 25 man roster according to MASN) and will backup Matt Wieters. The O’s felt the need to make the move after placing backup C Taylor Teagarden on the 15 day DL Sunday with a dislocated thumb suffered in Saturday’s win over the Oakland Athletics.

Snyder hasn’t played a game at the major league level in 2013 but has played 706 in his nine year MLB career. Snyder is a career .225 hitter with 77 home runs in just over 2,000 career at-bats. He hit .176 with seven homers in 76 games last season with the Houston Astros.

Delaney, 28, made just three appearances for the AAA Norfolk Tides this season, going 0-1 and allowing six earned runs and nine hits in 5.1 innings pitched.

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Teagarden, Socolovich up for Orioles; Eveland, Paulino sent out

Posted on 14 July 2012 by Luke Jones

BALTIMORE — Only one game into the second half of the season, the Orioles have made more roster changes as catcher Taylor Teagarden was activated from the 60-day disabled list and Triple-A Norfolk reliever Miguel Socolovich had his contract selected prior to Saturday’s game.

To clear room for both players on the 40-man roster, the Orioles have outrighted catcher Ronny Paulino to Norfolk and designated pitcher Dana Eveland for assignment. Paulino has three days to accept the assignment to Triple A or he can become a free agent. Eveland must pass through waivers and would be outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk on Monday if he clears.

Teagarden was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a back injury on April 4 and transferred to the 60-day DL on May 9. He batted .250 in nine rehab games with Gulf Coast, Single-A Delmarva, and Double-A Bowie — playing three games for each affiliate. He was acquired by the Orioles from Texas on December 1, 2011.

Socolovich has been one of Norfolk’s best pitchers this season, going 3-0 with a 1.77 earned run average in 45 2/3 innings of work. He walked only 11 and struck out 50 in 24 games with the Tides. Selected to the Triple-A All-Star Game on July 11, he tossed a perfect inning and struck out two.

He was signed as a minor-league free agent on November 22, 2011. How long Socolovich stays with the Orioles remains to be seen as the club will need to make a roster move to recall pitcher Chris Tillman for Monday’s start — Miguel Gonzalez will now start on Sunday. Baltimore will likely recall pitcher Zach Britton to start on Tuesday and is still waiting word on the status of starter Jason Hammel, who left Friday’s start early with a right knee injury.

“He arguably has been [their] best pitcher,” said Showalter about Socolovich. “All year long, we have been trying to find a way to get him here. It could be tough to keep him here, too.”

Serving as the club’s backup catcher for most of the season, Paulino was batting .254 with no home runs and five runs batted in in 20 games with the Orioles this season.

After passing through waivers following spring training and starting the season at Norfolk, Eveland went 0-1 with a 4.73 earned run average in 32 1/3 innings over 14 appearances (two starts) with Baltimore this season. In Friday’s 7-2 loss to the Tigers, Eveland allowed a three-run homer to Jhonny Peralta.

“Theres no tougher job to stay sharp than the long reliever,” Showalter said. “We think to get him right and to get him back to where he was when we took him, he needs to get the ball every fifth day. And it’s not going to happen here.”

NOTES: Showalter revealed Tillman experienced a back spasm on Thursday, so the Orioles have decided to push his start back to Monday. The move also allows the club to get Gonzalez back to the mound a day sooner, which Showalter preferred anyway. … Left-hander Brian Matusz appears to be a strong candidate to take Jason Hammel’s place in the starting rotation if he is forced to miss a start. Matusz threw a shutout in his first start for Triple-A Norfolk on July 6 and is scheduled to start for the Tides on Sunday as of now.

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