O's recall B. Roberts from Triple-A


Hairston's playing time looks like it will decrease


May 22, 2002|By Joe Christensen | Joe Christensen,SUN STAFF

OAKLAND, Calif. - The Orioles promoted Brian Roberts from Triple-A Rochester yesterday in a move that likely means less playing time for incumbent second baseman Jerry Hairston.

Roberts was with the Orioles for three days last month and did not appear in a game. This time promises to be different.

"To say Brian is a bench player or a role player is not entirely accurate," said Orioles manager Mike Hargrove. "Brian will play and play a lot. Until I can talk to the people involved, that's about all I want to say about that."

Hairston was in the lineup at second base last night against the Oakland Athletics, but Roberts likely will take over today, batting either first or second, depending on whether Hargrove decides to keep Melvin Mora in the leadoff spot.

The Orioles seem to have lost confidence in Hairston, who entered last night batting .222 with no home runs, nine RBIs and four stolen bases before hitting a home run in the second inning.

Coming out of spring training, Hairston was expected to be the everyday leadoff hitter, but Mora took over that role less than three weeks into the season.

A leadoff hitter's primary job is getting on base, and Hairston entered last night with a .303 on-base percentage. Mora had a .382 on-base percentage, and Roberts was reaching base at a .408 clip for Rochester.

"I haven't sat down or talked to them yet," Roberts said. "I would love the chance to play every day ... but whatever happens, happens. I'll be ready for whatever role they need me in."

Roberts might have been in the lineup last night, but he spent the day traveling to Oakland from Richmond, Va., where he played in a doubleheader for Rochester on Monday night. To make room on the roster for Roberts, the Orioles optioned Mike Moriarty to Rochester.

Looking for a spark after a lackluster series against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, the Orioles will be thrilled if Roberts can produce like he did for Rochester, where he hit .294 with three home runs, 16 RBIs and 14 stolen bases in 40 games.

No comeback for Brady

Orioles officials said they have no intention of re-signing outfielder Brady Anderson, who was released by the Indians.

The Orioles released Anderson in November.

With Marty Cordova, Chris Singleton, Jay Gibbons, Gary Matthews, Mora and Chris Richard, who is rehabbing his shoulder, the Orioles have a surplus of outfielders.

Around the horn

Orioles first baseman David Segui underwent surgery on his left wrist yesterday, but the club provided no information on how it went. ... Cordova batted in the No. 3 spot last night for the first time this season, and Hargrove said he might keep him there. ... Barring a change, Sean Douglass will make his first start since May 6 on Saturday against Seattle. ... Larry Bigbie returned to the Rochester lineup Monday for the first time since he went 6-for-6 and jammed his right shoulder diving for a ball on May 7. Bigbie went 2-for-6 in a doubleheader against Richmond.

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