BOSTON — More than 16 years after he left Baltimore and joined the Dan Duquette-led Boston Red Sox, ageless left-hander Jamie Moyer is back in the Orioles organization.

Duquette, now the Orioles' executive vice president, signed Moyer to a minor-league deal Wednesday. The 49-year-old will start for Triple-A Norfolk on Saturday against Buffalo. There is no guarantee that Moyer will return to the Orioles, for whom he pitched from 1993 to 1995.

"He is committed to two or three starts down there and we'll see where he is at," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said.

Moyer has played for eight teams in 25 years, compiling a 269-209 record and 4.25 ERA in 696 major-league games. He was 2-5 with a 5.70 ERA in 10 starts with the Colorado Rockies this season before getting his release.

"He is not that far removed from [Tommy John] surgery, so there is a chance he could regain his previous form by continuing to pitch," Duquette said. "A lot of veteran pitchers, sometimes it takes a little bit longer to get into the length of the season until they come around. We'll see if that is the case. But Jamie has won a lot of games. He's a good role model and has had some success."

In his three years with the Orioles, Moyer was 25-22 with a 4.41 ERA in 75 appearances. He was granted free agency and was signed by Duquette and the Red Sox. He won seven of eight decisions for Boston in 1996 before Duquette traded him to the Seattle Mariners for outfielder Darren Bragg.

In Seattle, the soft-tossing Moyer flourished, winning 145 games in 11 seasons. He turns 50 in November.

Orioles draft John Russell's son

There was a nice moment in the Orioles clubhouse Wednesday when William "Steel" Russell, son of Orioles bench coach and former Pirates manager, John Russell, learned that the Orioles had taken him in the 32nd round of the amateur draft.

A left-handed hitting catcher from Midland Junior College in Texas, Steel joined his father on this trip, and both were hoping he would be drafted so they could celebrate together. Although he had worked out for Orioles scouts — and had been tutored all his life by the man who is now the team's catching instructor — Steel didn't expect the call would come from his dad's employers.

"It's been a stressful couple days but definitely worth the stress, definitely worth staying at my phone the last 72 hours," he said. "I'm excited, to be able to share it with my dad, to be a part of his organization now. It's something I never really thought about as a kid, but as you get older you realize it might be a possibility down the road. To actually have that happen is amazing."

John Russell was a first-round pick of the Philadelphia Phillies in 1982.

"I am very proud. For your son to be drafted, especially with the team that I'm with right now, it is something that I'll cherish forever," John said. "To see the look on his face when he saw his name, that's something I'll never forget. And now it is up to him."

When the news came out, Showalter walked out of his office and shook Steel's hand.

"I'm fortunate enough for my dad to be who he is that I was able to share it with him in the clubhouse," Steel said. "Buck came out and congratulated me. … Not many kids that get drafted have the manager of the big league club come out and say congratulations, so that was outstanding. That is something I'll never forget."

Britton optioned; Pomeranz to 60-day DL

The Orioles moved lefty Zach Britton off the 60-day disabled list Wednesday and optioned him to Triple-A Norfolk. It is more of a procedural move, but it means Britton will not be able to be recalled to the Orioles for the next 10 days unless there is an injury.

Britton, 24, has been on the disabled list since March with a left shoulder impingement. He made his third rehab start, and first at Triple-A, on Tuesday, allowing four earned runs in six innings.

"He's ready to be optioned to a team and ready to start his season," Showalter said.

To reinstate Britton on the 40-man roster, the Orioles transferred reliever Stu Pomeranz from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day DL with a left oblique tear.