As search halts, Trembley sees chance to relax

ORIOLES NOTEBOOK

Interim manager says pause by front office benefits players

June 29, 2007|By Roch Kubatko | Roch Kubatko,SUN REPORTER

Managing the Orioles never has felt like a tryout to Dave Trembley, so hearing that new team president Andy MacPhail intends to evaluate him at least through next month, with no interviews set up with other candidates, doesn't bring a sense of relief.

"I still feel like the first day when Mike [Flanagan] and Jim [Duquette] called me in and asked me to do this," he said. "Obviously, I'm very appreciative of the opportunity and I'm very confident in our abilities and very grateful for the cooperation I'm getting from the players.

"What it does realistically is it takes away some of the questions that I have to answer on a daily basis. If it does anything at all, I hope it helps relax the players a little bit, because that's the most important piece of the pie here. It's the players and the fans, in that order. ... It's not about Dave Trembley; it's about the Orioles. And if we can do something to help the players and elicit the support of the fans, what more can you ask for?"

Players have been outspoken in their support of Trembley, who replaced Sam Perlozzo as manager June 18.

"The old motto, as we all grew up learning and trying to implement in our lives, maybe comes to fruition a little bit: When you give respect, you get respect," he said.

MacPhail said Wednesday that he's unlikely to consider anyone else for the job until after the non-waiver trade deadline July 31 and until he has had more time to gauge how the team responds to Trembley.

"I couldn't ask for a better situation, the way ... the players have treated me, sitting in this dugout the last couple nights and see all these people standing on their feet and cheering for the Orioles," Trembley said.

"People wait a lifetime for those kinds of experiences, and I've been fortunate enough to get them in a few days."

Fahey gets start

Brandon Fahey made his first start last night since being recalled by the Orioles on Wednesday, and he singled in his first at-bat against Chien-Ming Wang.

Fahey was batting .227 in 76 games at Triple-A Norfolk, but .359 in his past 10 games.

"I never doubt myself," he said. "I think if you start doing that, you may as well quit. I try to always stay positive, go out there, play every day and have fun.

"Anytime you struggle, it's tough, but you still have to look at the good things you do to help the team win. If you're not hitting, try to beat them with your glove, steal bases, bunt or something."

Fahey, who played in 91 games with the Orioles last season, participated in a bunting drill before batting practice. He started at shortstop and batted second.

"It feels kind of the same as the first time I got called up last year," he said. "There were little butterflies in my stomach the first day. I'm sure they'll get out of there."

A middle infielder throughout his minor league career, Fahey appeared in 54 games in the outfield last season. He isn't expected to leave the infield this season.

Baez progressing

Reliever Danys Baez could be nearing an injury rehabilitation assignment in the minors after receiving more encouraging news yesterday.

Baez, on the disabled list with a strained right forearm muscle, threw off flat ground for the second time since being diagnosed with the injury - this time moving back 60 and 90 feet.

"I feel good, [but] I still feel a little bit of tightness there," he said. "Feeling healthy is the best part. The other things, you can fix."

Baez, 0-4 with a 6.52 ERA in 31 appearances, is scheduled to throw off a mound tomorrow.

Around the horn

Trembley said he called Erik Bedard into his office yesterday to discuss how the left-hander bolted from the clubhouse again Wednesday night without speaking to reporters, and he said it wouldn't happen again. "[Bedard] is real shy. He's just a real private person," Trembley said. "He competes like the dickens. He doesn't understand the nuances, that [the media] can help him. I think he understands that a little clearer today." ... The first 25,000 fans 21 and over attending tonight's game will receive an orange Orioles floppy hat.

roch.kubatko@baltsun.com

Sun reporter Jeff Zrebiec contributed to this article.

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