Newly acquired catcher Chris Snyder joins Orioles in Seattle
Chris Snyder (Steve Mitchell, USA Today Sports / February 23, 2013)
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The Orioles wanted to give Snyder a day to get acclimated, but they also are waiting on more information about injured reserve catcher Taylor Teagarden (dislocated left thumb), who will see a hand specialist on Tuesday.
The initial prognosis for Teagarden’s return is three to four weeks, but if it ends up being two months, the club could move Teagarden from the 15-day to 60-day DL. That way they would not have to make a corresponding move to add Snyder to the 40-man roster.
“He’s had a whirlwind change in his life here in a short time and there are some other things,” manager Buck Showalter said of not activating Snyder for a day. “We’ve got to just gather all the information and not make a hasty move on something that may affect us down the road.”
A veteran of parts of nine big league seasons, Snyder was hitting .342 with seven homers in 21 games with Salt Lake City in the Pacific Coast League after asking for and receiving his release from the Washington Nationals this spring.
After a game in Sacramento on Sunday, he learned that he had been traded to the Orioles and would be returning to the majors.
“It’s been a long road but in a short period of time,” Snyder said. “It was one of those things I was kind of waiting it out and fortunately an opportunity presented itself here. And now I’m here.”
A second-round pick by the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2002, Snyder has some pop — he hit 16 homers for Arizona in 2008 — but is a career .225 hitter with a .329 on-base percentage. He batted .176 with seven homers in 76 games last year with the Houston Astros.
“I’m a catcher. I work very well with pitchers, I can handle a ballgame, keep a running game down,” Snyder said. “Whatever I do with the bat is icing on the cake. My main goal is to get the most I can from whoever is on the mound.”
Getting to know those on the mound will be a learning experience for Snyder. He’s unfamiliar with the Orioles staff.
“I don’t think I have caught one pitch that any of these guys have thrown,” he said. “There are gonna be a lot of bullpens in the next few days.”
Because of to league rules, Snyder could take batting practice but couldn’t be on the bench for Monday’s game. He had to watch on the clubhouse TV.
“I’ll come in here and watch baseball, hang out,” Snyder said before the game. “It will be good, I’ll get to hear whoever is announcing the game and I’ll kind of get caught up with where everything is at.”
Around the horn
Catcher Luis Exposito, who was recalled Sunday, is expected to be sent back to Triple-A Norfolk once Snyder is activated. Snyder will become the oldest Oriole on the active 25-man roster at 32. Currently it is outfielder Nate McLouth, 31. … Former Oriole lefty Joe Saunders started Monday’s game and former Oriole Robert Andino was in the starting lineup, batting eighth and playing second base. … Teagarden (dislocated thumb) will see hand specialist Dr. Brian Schofield on Tuesday in Sarasota, and the club will get a better idea of how long he will be out. … Lefty Tsuyoshi Wada (elbow) threw five innings in an extended spring game Monday and is expected to pitch in another Saturday. Longtime Camden Yards usher Charlie Zill, who entertained fans with his “Zillbilly” skit during the seventh-inning stretch, died this weekend. Zill, who was battling Stage 4 cancer, was honored during a pre-game ceremony earlier this month.