Shortstop likely to be added



June 25, 2008|By Jeff Zrebiec | Jeff Zrebiec,Sun reporter

CHICAGO -- The Orioles aren't finished juggling at the shortstop position. Orioles manager Dave Trembley said before last night's game that the club will likely add a backup shortstop after this series with the Chicago Cubs.

They considered doing it sooner, but they didn't want to lose right-handed hitter Oscar Salazar, the most likely candidate to be removed from the roster to make room for a shortstop, with the Cubs starting two lefties in the series.

"We may do something to get another shortstop," Trembley said. "I think it's a little far-fetched to think that I'm going to put Melvin [Mora] over there. I could double-switch and put him over there for the last three innings or something. But to be perfectly honest with you, I wanted to keep Salazar. They are starting two lefties against us, and then I think, after that, we might do something."

At this point, it appears that Brandon Fahey is the most likely candidate to get added to the roster. Fahey is hitting .280 in 42 games for Triple-A Norfolk and started the season on the Orioles' Opening Day roster, going 5-for-25 (.200).

Alex Cintron started last night with Salazar serving as backup. However, Salazar has started only one game at the position in his career, and the Orioles are reluctant to use him there.

Happy homecoming

Orioles president Andy MacPhail, who spent 12 seasons as president and chief executive of the Cubs, addressed the local media in the visiting dugout before the game. MacPhail was mostly asked about his time with the Cubs, but he was also questioned about his relationship with Orioles team owner Peter Angelos and the Brian Roberts trade talks with Chicago this offseason.

"My experience with [Angelos] is he's been a man of his word," MacPhail said. "If he says he's going to do something, he's going to do it. We sort of outlined the framework where management and where ownership, where the different territories lie. "

As for Roberts, MacPhail said, "Brian Roberts is right where he ought to be. ... We have to make deals that we think make sense for us, and we never really reached that intersection."

Millar, Dempster still sparring

A day after Chicago Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster continued to take verbal jabs at Orioles first baseman Kevin Millar in the Chicago Sun-Times, Millar shot back, indicating that Dempster was lucky he's not starting in the series. The two are former teammates and close friends.

"He knows [and] I know that there would've been some damage," Millar said. "I know he's 9-2 and he's got like a 3.00 ERA, but there's nothing like a hanging 2-1 slider to take him deep."

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