Kevin Hickey revealed last night that he had accepted the Orioles' offer to pitch for their Double A Hagerstown farm club.
The 35-year-old lefthander, who was bitter after being released a week ago, decided to go to Hagerstown after passing through waivers and getting no other big-league offers.
"We had a good meeting [yesterday] and Kevin indicated he overreacted last week," said Doug Melvin, the Orioles' director of player development. "He's going to Hagerstown because of the proximity. He'll be able to commute, and it's not really important where he pitches as long as he's staying in shape.
"We know what he can do," said Melvin, "and we have some other guys we want to look at in Triple A. Joe Price is in the wings for May 1 if he's pitching well."
Hickey cannot be re-signed by the Orioles until May 15 because he is a player released before the end of spring training. "He indicated he'd like to stay in the organization and that if he was going to get back to the big leagues, he wanted it to be here," said Melvin.