Outfielder Francisco Peguero, who has been on the major league disabled list with right wrist tendinitis since the season began, will remain on the DL because he is dealing with hamstring tightness in both legs.
Peguero’s minor league rehab assignment expires Thursday, but because he is dealing with a different injury, Duquette said Peguero will be recalled from the assignment and remain on the DL. Therefore, the team is not forced to either activate him to the major league roster or designate him for assignment since he is out of minor league options.
Duquette said Peguero will have the hamstring issue examined by team doctors Thursday in Baltimore. Peguero, 25, who was hitting .338 with a .387 on-base percentage in 16 games for Norfolk, was kept out of the Tides’ doubleheader Tuesday.
The Orioles already have two right-handed-hitting reserve outfielders-designated hitters in Delmon Young and Steve Pearce.
Joseph talks about staying in majors
Rookie Caleb Joseph said he figured it was “50-50” that either he or fellow catcher Steve Clevenger would be sent down Tuesday when first baseman Chris Davis returned from the paternity list.
Joseph said it was a strange feeling when he realized he’d be the one to stay.
“It’s a hard mix of emotions because Steve, we were just teammates,” Joseph said. “He did so many things for me. I think we had a great relationship. He’s pretty easy to be around. You’re immediately torn between rivalry and your own personal achievements.”
Around the horn
Showalter said he did not take Nelson Cruz out of Tuesday’s game and replace him with David Lough in left field in the ninth inning for defensive reasons. Showalter said Cruz was dealing with calf discomfort. Cruz was fine Wednesday and homered in his first at-bat. … The last time two pitchers have pinch-hit in one game and started the next — like Milwaukee’s Yovani Gallardo and the Orioles’ Bud Norris did Tuesday and Wednesday — was July 29, 1989, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The Atlanta Braves’ John Smoltz and the Cincinnati Reds’ Tom Browning were the pitchers. … The Orioles outrighted reliever Evan Meek to Norfolk, meaning he was taken off the 40-man roster but remains with the Tides. He has 72 hours to decide whether to accept the assignment or become a free agent. … The Orioles’ 40-man roster is now at 39. … The Orioles traded Norfolk catcher Johnny Monell Jr., to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday for cash considerations. Monell, who hit .209 with a .280 on-base percentage in 30 games with the Tides, will report to the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Triple-A affiliate in Albuquerque. He was taken off the 40-man roster in March. … Right-hander Dylan Bundy (elbow) will throw three innings or 45 pitches Thursday in his third outing in extended spring training. … Right-hander Edgmer Escalona (shoulder) traveled to Norfolk on Wednesday and is expected to begin a rehab assignment with the Tides on Thursday. … Outfielder Nolan Reimold played in left field during an extended spring training game Tuesday. …On Wednesday afternoon, the Orioles announced plans to host a 60th anniversary luncheon, which will recognize the club's history and honor members of the Orioles Hall of Fame. The event is set for noon Aug. 8 in the Warehouse at Camden Yards.