Triple-A catcher dealt for Single-A reliever

Orioles notebook

January 30, 1993|By Peter Schmuck | Peter Schmuck,Staff Writer

The Orioles added some minor-league pitching depth yesterday, trading Rochester Red Wings catcher Doug Robbins to the Oakland Athletics for Single-A relief pitcher Lee Cusey.

Cusey, a 22-year-old right-hander, was 1-3 with a 2.68 ERA and 12 saves for Single-A Madison of the Midwest League. Robbins had a solid year at Rochester, batting .309 with six home runs and 46 RBI in 93 games.

The club felt it could spare Robbins, who was well down on the catching depth chart despite the injuries to major-leaguers Chris Hoiles (broken wrist) and Jeff Tackett (broken collarbone).

Tackett won't hit until camp

Tackett continues to get in shape for spring training, but he has been told not to swing a bat for another three weeks. That means that he will not take live hitting until he gets to training camp Feb. 19.

This is not a setback, said Orioles general manager Roland Hemond. Tackett remains on schedule in his recovery from the broken collarbone he suffered in a bicycle accident three months ago.

"That was the plan all along," Hemond said. "The doctors told him at the start that hitting would be the last thing he would do. He's actually coming along quite nicely. He should still be able to get ready for Opening Day."

Catcher signs

The club also announced it had signed journeyman catcher Rey Palacios to a minor-league contract, a move that appears to be peripherally related to the Robbins/Cusey deal and the Hoiles/Tackett situation.

Palacios, 30, came up through the Detroit Tigers organization and played two seasons with the Kansas City Royals in 1988 and 1989. He signed a Double-A contract late last season with the California Angels and batted .261 with five homers and 10 RBI at Double-A Midland, Texas.

Scarsone signs

Infielder Steve Scarsone, who will go to spring training with a chance to win a utility role this year, agreed to terms on a one-year contract.

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