The Orioles are virtually finished running their 25-man roster through nontrade waivers, and several players, including potential trade chips Ty Wigginton and Luke Scott, did not clear and cannot be traded for the remainder of this season.
According to two industry sources, both Wigginton and Scott were claimed by other clubs and pulled back by the Orioles. They can't be removed from waivers a second time if claimed again, so Wigginton, a 2010 All-Star and a pending free agent, and Scott, the club's leading home run hitter, will remain with the Orioles.
Only those who pass through waivers unclaimed can be dealt after July 31. Typically, teams put most or all of their players on trade waivers to gauge interest from other clubs even if there is no intention of dealing the majority of those players.
Because it is a confidential process, the Orioles' brass would not confirm which players it put on waivers, which ones cleared and which ones were claimed and pulled back. It was expected that high-salaried players deemed potentially expendable, such as pitchers Kevin Millwood, Koji Uehara and Michael Gonzalez, cleared waivers and could be traded this month if another team expresses interest, but Orioles officials wouldn't confirm those names.
Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail said it was "highly unlikely" that the club will make any trades this month.
Tatum's MRI negative
After experiencing pain catching Sunday against the Tampa Bay Rays, reserve catcher Craig Tatum underwent a magnetic resonance imaging on his right knee Tuesday. He said no structural problems were discovered and he can play through any discomfort.
"It feels fine. They just wanted to get an MRI to see if anything is wrong," Tatum said. "I can play. I played all day Sunday with it. I don't think it will affect me right now."
Tatum took batting practice Tuesday, but Orioles manager Buck Showalter had already altered his lineup to compensate if Tatum were unavailable. He said he originally considered putting Jake Fox at designated hitter Tuesday but decided against it because Fox might have to catch if Showalter pinch ran for Matt Wieters late in the game.
Tatum is batting .264 with no homers and five RBIs in 34 games this season for the Orioles.
Samuel starts assignment
Former interim manager Juan Samuel arrived in the Dominican Republic on Saturday to begin a review of the Orioles' academy in Boca Chica. Samuel, who managed his last game for the Orioles on Aug. 1, will stay in his native country through Sept. 4 and then report his findings to MacPhail.
"Things are going good," Samuel said. "I'm just evaluating some stuff so I can let them know what's going on. It's more just taking notes and checking on things."
Samuel said he hasn't been able to watch many games since leaving the club, but he has been following the team by reviewing box scores.
"I've been pleased to see how they're playing," Samuel said. "You wish you would have seen a little more of that when you were there, but I think getting some guys back has helped, too."
Must-see O's TV
The Orioles' 11th-inning, walk-off win Monday night over the Seattle Mariners on MASN was the highest-rated program in the Baltimore media market in the 10 p.m.-11 p.m. time slot, beating out "Dateline," "CSI: Miami," and every other broadcast offering in that time slot.
The broadcast generated a 6.4 household rating for that time period and a 4.7 overall. That's 42 percent higher than the 3.3 average on MASN before Buck Showalter took over on Aug, 3, according to MASN.
Around the horn
Orioles starter Kevin Millwood didn't give up a run in the first inning tonight for just the third time in his past 15 starts. … Nick Markakis, who hit the 200th double of his career Monday, is one double away from reaching the 40-double plateau for the fourth straight season, the longest streak in franchise history. … Jim Johnson (right elbow) threw two scoreless innings, allowing two hits and striking out one batter for Single-A Frederick against visiting Wilmington on Tuesday night. … According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last player in the major leagues to win a game with a walk-off bunt in extra innings before Adam Jones on Monday was Melvin Mora, who did it for the Orioles on Sept. 28, 2007, against the New York Yankees. … Wigginton will greet fans and sign autographs at Hightopps Backstage Grille in Timonium from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday.
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