Twins claim Blake off waivers

Orioles 3rd baseman rejoins his old team

October 13, 2001|By Roch Kubatko

The Orioles' search for a successor to Cal Ripken won't include Casey Blake, who was claimed off waivers yesterday by the Minnesota Twins.

Blake rejoins the organization that turned him loose last month. He batted .133 (2-for-15) with a home run and two RBIs in six games with the Orioles, who used him more at first base even though he's more comfortable at the other infield corner.

Blake batted .318 (7-for-22) with a double and two RBIs in 13 games with the Twins from June 7 to July 21. He spent the rest of the season at Triple-A Edmonton until going to the Orioles, who could pursue a third baseman via trade or free agency this winter if unsatisfied with Tony Batista.

The Orioles also outrighted pitchers Mark Nussbeck and Juan Guzman to Triple-A Rochester after they cleared waivers, leaving the club with 46 players on its 40-man roster, including nine who occupy the 60-day disabled list.

Nussbeck and Guzman spent the 2001 season on the minor-league disabled list. Nussbeck underwent shoulder on his right shoulder, and Guzman had surgery on his right elbow.

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