Quintin Berry, a speedy left-handed hitter who can play all three outfield positions, will be making his debut for the Orioles whenever he gets into a game. That means he soon will be on a major league field with his teammate from Morse High School in San Diego: Adam Jones.
“This is something I have been thinking about all season,” said Berry, who played in the same outfield as Jones during spring training. “Before every game, getting ready, all I could think about and try to picture was the opportunity to get to play with him and for this to finally come true. And it has. It's amazing, man. It's a great feeling.”
Orioles manager Buck Showalter loves a feel-good story, but he said if Berry plays this September, it's solely because he can help them win.
Berry, 29, has been successful in all 29 of his stolen-base attempts in the major leagues, including in the playoffs. He was 3-for-3 with the Boston Red Sox in the 2013 postseason. The Orioles were 36-for-51 in stolen-base attempts this season heading into Tuesday.
“We've seen it work against us from the other side,” Showalter said of Berry's speed. “It tilts the field now and again.”
Around the horn
Alejandro De Aza, acquired from the Chicago White Sox on Saturday night, made his first start for the Orioles on Tuesday. He played left field and batted second. … Orioles third baseman Manny Machado, who had season-ending right knee surgery Aug. 27, was moved to the 60-day disabled list to make room for Berry on the 40-man roster. Machado will join the Orioles for a few days starting Sept. 17, and Showalter said the club will retake its team photo to include Machado, Matt Wieters and a few others. … Infielder Garabez Rosa, who batted .282 at Double-A Bowie this year, has been added to the Orioles' taxi squad camp in Sarasota, Fla., for players who could still be called up this month. He is replacing Niuman Romero, who has an oblique injury. … Tuesday's first pitch was delayed 23 minutes because of rain. It was delayed again with the second batter of the game at the plate. The grounds crew had difficulty getting the tarp on the field at that point because it was so heavy. … Umpire Mike DiMuro had to leave in the first inning after he collided with Reds leadoff hitter Billy Hamilton.