Tejada unfazed by news he was on waiver wire

ORIOLES NOTEBOOK

Bynum's leg is game-ready, but hand keeps him sidelined

August 08, 2007|By Roch Kubatko and Jeff Zrebiec | Roch Kubatko and Jeff Zrebiec,SUN REPORTERS

Orioles shortstop Miguel Tejada understands that baseball is a business and certain decisions are beyond his control. So the news that he was exposed to waivers this week didn't leave him reeling.

Teams routinely place players on waivers after the July 31 trade deadline to gauge interest. Only players who go unclaimed can be dealt.

"I don't really pay attention to that," he said. "What can I say about that? That's the front office. I don't know how they do it. I just work here, and whatever happens, happens."

ESPN first reported that the Chicago White Sox claimed Tejada, and the Orioles pulled him back. Tejada no longer can be traded during the 2007 season.

"I just go about it day by day like everybody does," he said. "Nothing surprises me in this game. That's business. It's no big deal. I'm still here."

According to one baseball source, the Orioles are putting most, if not all, of their roster through waivers.

Manager Dave Trembley tried to steer clear of the topic yesterday.

"I haven't talked to [Tejada] about it, and I didn't know anything about that other than what I read in the paper, too," he said. "I really don't think I'm in a position to make any comments about waivers. That's something that's just part of baseball. That's an administrative part of baseball. That's not a managing part."

Bynum's hamstring better

The good news for Freddie Bynum is he no longer is bothered by a hamstring injury. He can run without pain. The leg will allow him to play.

If only he could swing a bat.

Bynum needed five stitches to close a gash on the back of his left hand after Asheville's second baseman stepped on it during Sunday's rehabilitation game with Single-A Delmarva. Bynum was attempting to steal.

"It was just one of those freak accidents," he said.

"I was ready to come back. The hamstring was feeling fine. I was ready to go. It's just a weird thing that happens. It's frustrating, but, hey, it's baseball, too."

Injury updates

Gregg Clifton, the agent for injured Orioles pitcher Kris Benson, said the right-hander is way ahead of schedule in his rehabilitation from labrum surgery and could resume throwing next month.

The Orioles hold a $7.5 million option on Benson for next season and must decide whether to pick it up after the World Series. They're expected to decline.

"He'd love to be back," Clifton said, "but it's too early to speculate on that."

Also, Orioles starter Adam Loewen had more X-rays on his left elbow Monday. He said the stress fracture is healing quicker than the doctors expected. Loewen has been working out but he won't throw until November.

Around the horn

Erik Bedard is scheduled to stay on normal rest and start Friday's game against the Boston Red Sox. Brian Burres will pitch Saturday. ... The Orioles signed their 22nd-round pick, pitcher Colin Allen of Lamar (Colo.) Community College. They've reached agreements with 36 of their 48 selections. ... The starting time for Saturday's game has been changed to 3:55 p.m. to accommodate Fox.

roch.kubatko@baltsun.com

jeff.zrebiec@baltsun.com

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