Payton rejoins team, waiting turn for lineup


Knott sent back to Norfolk

Virginia Tech remembered


April 21, 2007|By Roch Kubatko and Jeff Zrebiec | Roch Kubatko and Jeff Zrebiec,Sun reporters

It took until the 16th game of the season for outfielder Jay Payton to join the Orioles' active roster.

He had to wait at least one more night to join the lineup.

The Orioles activated Payton from the disabled list yesterday and optioned Jon Knott to Triple-A Norfolk. Manager Sam Perlozzo decided to ease Payton back into major league competition, rather than start him against Toronto Blue Jays starter A.J. Burnett, whose fastball reached 98 mph last night.

"We'll work him in, make sure he's doing OK," manager Sam Perlozzo said. "No need to rush him right in there. I looked at the matchup."

Payton played in two injury-rehabilitation games at Norfolk, going 2-for-8 with a double and three runs.

"It feels good," he said. "It's still a little sore, but it's common soreness from getting back on the field every day.

"I was feeling good in the spring before I got hurt, so it was very disappointing not being able to start the season on time. But I'm happy to be back here now. These guys are playing pretty good baseball, and I hope I can contribute and help us keep winning."

Knott was recalled Monday and hit a three-run homer against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on his first swing with the team. He went 3-for-4, but the Orioles didn't intend for him to stay. They prefer Freddie Bynum's defense and versatility over Knott's power off the bench.

"It was a fast three days," Knott said. "My family was down there and everything, so it was a little crazier. But it was a lot of fun. Anytime you're up here, it's a lot of fun.

"They told me to go down there and do well, and if anything happens, hopefully I'll be the first one on their mind."

Moment of silence

A moment of silence was observed before the game to honor those killed in Monday's shootings on the Virginia Tech campus. The Orioles also wore Virginia Tech wristbands.

"It shows that the people aren't forgotten," reliever Jamie Walker said. "It's a tragedy. It's sad that it happened at a place of education. It's sad that anything like that could happen to anybody. But the coward guy that did it, to me, if he is going to take his own life, he should take his own. He didn't need to take more than 30 other people and disrupt the whole community.

"Like I said, it's a bad situation. As a father, you put yourself in their shoes and it makes you think what our society has come to."

Virginia Tech students can attend every Friday home game for free this season. They need only to present their current student identification.

Trebelhorn returns

Bench coach Tom Trebelhorn returned to the team after leaving April 5 to be with his wife, Elizabeth Black, who was released from an Arizona hospital after suffering a brain aneurysm.

"She's improving all the time," he said. "No paralysis, no speech problems, a little short-term memory difficulties."

Around the horn

The Orioles sent pitcher Hayden Penn to the minor league complex in Sarasota, Fla., to continue rehabilitating his sore right forearm. Penn was examined by team orthopedist Dr. Andrew Cosgarea. ... Jaret Wright, on the disabled list with a sore right shoulder, will throw off a mound today. ... Catcher Ramon Hernandez took batting practice yesterday, but he remains on the DL with a strained left oblique muscle. The team must determine whether he needs to go on a rehabilitation assignment over the weekend.

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