J. Lopez: Trade would help all

ORIOLES NOTEBOOK

He says deal could boost O's bullpen

Cabrera packs, prepares for Ottawa

Notebook

July 17, 2006|By KATIE CARRERA | KATIE CARRERA,SUN REPORTER

Orioles backup catcher Javy Lopez said yesterday that if he were traded to somewhere he could play every day, it could be a "win-win" situation.

Lopez has been the subject of trade rumors because his three-year deal ends this season, and he would prefer to be a starting catcher. But industry sources say the market for him has been limited because he hasn't hit for power this season and isn't known as a great defensive catcher.

He said it would make sense if the Orioles dealt him in return for help in their bullpen.

"A good pitcher would be beneficial - a win-win situation," said Lopez, noting he'd have no hard feelings toward the team. "I'd be happy to see the team improve their pitching, and I'd be happy to go to a team where I could play every day, maybe even to a contender."

Lopez made it clear that he had not asked to be traded, but said that with his contract up at the end of the season, a deal could be the best option. Lopez said plenty of teammates could replicate his .273 average at DH.

Lopez has played 69 games as a designated hitter and backup to Ramon Hernandez.

Cabrera heads out

As he packed the contents of his locker to leave for Triple-A Ottawa and received good-luck wishes from his teammates yesterday, pitcher Daniel Cabrera was preparing himself for the work that lies ahead.

Cabrera said that he is determined to improve his control, especially the location of his fastball, during his time in the minors. He also said manager Sam Perlozzo told him he could spend anywhere from a few starts to possibly a month with Ottawa.

After his start Thursday against the Texas Rangers, Cabrera was 4-7 with a 5.25 ERA. He leads the American League pitchers in walks with 75. Cabrera also said he realizes that perhaps being sent down is for the best.

"I know when they try to do something like this it may be better for me," Cabrera said. "For me to go down there, pitch and try to pull everything together and try to bring that back here."

Perlozzo said he didn't intend to discourage the 25-year-old right-hander by sending him to the minors.

"This is certainly no punishment," Perlozzo said. "The punishment is that we don't have a good Daniel Cabrera. We'd like him to ... get back here and help us out."

Rest in the heat

With yesterday's game-time temperature at 95 degrees and a week of more hot weather ahead, Perlozzo decided to give shortstop Miguel Tejada some rest, using him instead as designated hitter and moving utility player Brandon Fahey to shortstop.

"We need to try to get as many guys a little bit of rest as we can," Perlozzo said. "[Tejada] plays every day. He plays almost every inning. If someone needs a break off their feet, it's him."

Breaking the ice

Outfielder Luis Terrero finally got his first hit in an Orioles uniform in his second at-bat in Saturday's game against the Rangers. Terrero singled to center field on a play that scored Javy Lopez for the Orioles' final run of their 8-1 victory.

Terrero, who was called up from Ottawa on July 6, had carried the hitless streak over from his first stint with the team this season when he went 0-for-14.

"I could see him clapping on the way down to first base, so I think he was more relieved than I was," Perlozzo said. "We've got some guys on the bench who are going to have to fill in time and again, especially at this point of the schedule." katherine.carrera@baltsun.com

Sun reporter Childs Walker contributed to this article.

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