Angel testifies at Clemens trial
Orioles radio play-by-play announcer Joe Angel was back with the team Wednesday after missing a day to testify at the Roger Clemens perjury trial in Washington, D.C. Angel was a defense witness because he saw Clemens at a South Florida golf course on the morning of Jose Canseco's infamous party in 1998, which Clemens denies attending. Angel, then a TV announcer with the Florida Marlins, mentioned during a Marlins-Toronto Blue Jays game that he had seen Clemens playing golf that morning.
The video of the broadcast was not allowed to be shown to jurors, but Angel was asked to give his testimony. He said he was in the courtroom for two hours Tuesday, but testified for about nine minutes.
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"I would rather not have been involved, but it is a big story, it's a national story and I guess it is kind of interesting," he said.
Orioles complete draft
Wednesday marked the end of the Orioles' first draft under new scouting director Gary Rajsich. Of the 40 players selected, 20 of them were pitchers, including 13 out of college. Six were from high school, and one, 35th-round left-hander Charles Porter, had no school listed. He apparently had graduated high school but instead of college had been pursuing a mixed martial arts career.
Rajsich went college-heavy, with 28 of his 40 selections from either a four-year school or a junior college. The position breakdown is this: 13 right-handed pitchers, seven left-handers, six outfielders, six catchers, three shortstops, two first basemen, two second basemen and one third baseman.
The Orioles have until July 13 at 5 p.m. to sign their draft picks.
More draft notes
Jose Mesa Jr., a high school pitcher out of a Florida and the son of former Orioles' pitcher Jose Mesa, was taken in the 24th round by the New York Yankees. … The Minnesota Twins selected University of Connecticut second baseman L.J. Mazzilli, the son of former Orioles' manager Lee, in the ninth round. … The University of Maryland had four players selected: Shortstop Alfredo Rodriguez of Oak Hill, Va., 17th round, Milwaukee Brewers; LHP Jimmy Reed of Gaithersburg, 21st round, Yankees; RHP Charlie Haslup of Easton, 26th round, Yankees; RHP Mike Boyden of La Plata, 31st round, Washington Nationals. … Naval Academy RHP James Gainey went in the 11th round to the Brewers. … St. Paul's graduate John Kuchno, an Ohio State RHP, was selected in the 18th round by the Pittsburgh Pirates. … The Nationals took catcher Max Ungar in the 36th round out of Rockville's Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School. … The Orioles selected catcher Jack Graham, the nephew of Brian Graham, the Orioles' coordinator of minor league instruction, in the 38th round out of Kenyon College in Ohio.
Around the horn
Right-handed reliever Matt Lindstrom threw at 120 feet on Wednesday in Sarasota but has not thrown off a mound since going on the disabled list on May 11. The Orioles want him to be cautious with the ligament tear in his right middle finger, because if it tore completely it could be career-threatening. So they are progressing slowly and there is no set timetable for his return. … Duquette said veterans Joel Pineiro and Dontrelle Willis are currently pitching in extended spring training. He said Pineiro (shoulder) threw a couple innings this week. Willis is getting close to rejoining Triple-A Norfolk. "The D-Train is back on track," Duquette said. He is down there pitching … and is just about ready to go up." ... Right-hander Mike Wright, the Orioles' third-round pick in 2011, was placed on the disabled list at Double-A Bowie with a hamstring strain. … Outfielder Nolan Reimold has stepped up exercises and seems to be pain-free, but he is still dealing with some numbness and tingling, Showalter said. There is no set timetable for his return.Orioles Insider | Live scores | Photos | Baseball app