Outfielder John Andreoli, who the Orioles claimed off waivers from the Seattle Mariners on Saturday, will join the team in Toronto on Monday in the likelihood that Mark Trumbo’s knee injury lands him on the disabled list, according to an industry source.
Trumbo flew back to Baltimore ahead of an exam with team doctor Mike Jacobs on Sunday, and manager Buck Showalter said after Sunday’s 8-0 loss to the Cleveland Indians that Trumbo was “probably” going on the DL to let the inflammation in his right knee subside.
A speedy outfielder out of the University of Connecticut, Andreoli made his major league debut this year with the Mariners after six years in the Chicago Cubs system. He has one hit in five major league at-bats and is batting .287 with a .798 OPS and 27 extra-base hits with 19 steals in 24 attempts for Triple-A Tacoma this season.
The Orioles also optioned outfielder Joey Rickard to Triple-A Norfolk after this weekend’s series in Cleveland to create a roster spot for Adam Jones, who is returning after three days away from the club on the bereavement list to attend a family funeral.
Rickard, the former Rule 5 draft pick, had been with the club since July 4, when Colby Rasmus left the team. He’s hit .243 with a .731 OPS and eight extra-base hits in 29 games since, bringing him to .221/.284/.426 on the season.
The addition of Cedric Mullins as the team’s everyday center fielder and the shift of Adam Jones to the primary right fielder, plus the return of spare outfielder Craig Gentry from a rib fracture, took away playing time for Rickard. Andreoli, too, is a right-handed hitter who can play all three outfield spots, but the club has opted to get a look at their new addition instead.
With rosters expanding Sept. 1, Rickard’s time in the minors could be a short. He’s already played 34 games for the Tides this season, batting .304 with an .860 OPS in the International League.
MASNSports.com first reported that Andreoli was joining the team in Toronto.