Cintron stays longer at short


Reserve to get more time with Bynum slumping

June 20, 2008|By Jeff Zrebiec | Jeff Zrebiec,SUN REPORTER

While maintaining that struggling Freddie Bynum is still his shortstop, Orioles manager Dave Trembley said he plans to give more starts at the position to Alex Cintron.

Cintron started last night for the second straight game and the 10th time this season. That number should increase in the coming days with Bynum hitting just .158 in 15 games this month. The fact that Cintron went 3-for-4 with a home run last night shouldn't hurt his chances either.

"I want to take a little better look at Cintron," Trembley said before the game. "He will see more time. Against left-handed pitching, I think Cintron would play shortstop more often than not."

Right-hander Shawn Chacon was on the mound last night, but Trembley said he started Cintron because he wanted to give him another chance after he was lifted for a pinch hitter Wednesday. Bynum, who has been struggling with stomach problems, also had a doctor's appointment early yesterday. Bynum said he was tested for ulcers and is OK, but acknowledged that his struggles offensively have been frustrating at times.

However, Bynum said he wasn't concerned about the prospect of losing playing time to Cintron, whose batting average jumped from .294 to .342 last night compared with Bynum's .204.

"Whatever helps the team," Bynum said. "It's not about me; it's not about one guy."

Trembley said he planned on meeting with Bynum and asking him to relax.

"I think he needs to take his foot off the pedal a little bit," Trembley said. "It's not so much that they're getting him out; he's getting himself out."

Who will sit?

Trembley acknowledged that he had some decisions to make about his lineup over the next week and a half. With the Orioles playing the next nine games in National League ballparks, Trembley will lose his designated hitter. That essentially means that each night during that stretch, Kevin Millar, Aubrey Huff or Melvin Mora will be held out of the starting lineup.

"I have to do my homework and look at matchups and look at lineups," Trembley said. "I already got some things formulated in my head. I need to talk to two or three guys and let them know what I'm thinking. I couldn't tell you right now who's not going to play. I'm going to look at it on the plane tonight and go from there."

Around the horn

Trembley said he got positive reports on Adam Loewen, who allowed an unearned run over two innings in a rehabilitation appearance Wednesday. ... Adam Jones was given a rare day off yesterday as Jay Payton got the start in center field. ... Asked about Millar's new bleached-blond hairdo, Trembley said, "I spoke to a corporate group yesterday, and one of the things that I told them was the first rule of inappropriate behavior is to ignore it and hope it goes away. Unfortunately, Millar is not going away."

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