Scott Beerer and Steve Tolleson among Orioles cuts

March 26, 2012|By Eduardo A. Encina | The Baltimore Sun

SARASOTA, Fla. — Two Orioles non-roster invitees who opened some eyes this spring, outfielder Scott Beerer and infielder Steve Tolleson, were among Monday’s roster cuts.  

Beerer, a former-second round pick as a pitcher, hit .290 in 31 at bats. After tearing his labrum, he was out of baseball for two years before coming back at an outfielder, working all the way back from being a 27-year-old in extended spring training three years ago to his first big-league camp this spring.

“I knew it was coming,” “That was the goal, to make an impression, so that way latter in the season if something happens, then I’ll always be ready to be called on and they know what to expect when they do call on me. That was one of the reasons why I wanted to come to big-league camp so bad this year. The road I’ve been on so far, it’s been a long and fun road. As old as I am, I’m still very inexperienced as a hitter. Every day is a learning process for me.”

Tolleson, the son of former major leaguer Steve Tolleson, played in 19 games this spring (second most on the team) mainly as a late-inning substitute. He was competing with Rule 5 pick Ryan Flaherty and newcome Matt Antonelli for the utility role.  Tolleson hit .286 in 28 at bats and made several nice plays in the field.

“As a player I know I belong here and I felt like over the course of the last month, seeing me day in and day out, they feel the same way,” Tolleson said. “That’s kind of what they portrayed to me. But just because you don’t start with the team, it doesn’t mean you don’t finish with the team.”

Both will report to the Orioles minor-league camp at Twins Lakes Park tomorrow.

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