New utility infielder Julio Lugo was in the clubhouse this morning and will be on the bus to Tampa for today's game against the New York Yankees. He said he is happy to be here and hopes to more of an opportunity to play with the Orioles than he would have with the Cardinals. We'll see about that.
Lugo said that when he found out about the deal, he was okay with it, especially since there was not a lot of playing time to be had in St. Louis.
"It was fine,'' he said. "I just want to come here and do my best...I like to play. and I'm fine. It was going to be uncomfrotable (there). I'm happy they found a way to do it, I'm happy that I'm here."
Lugo seemed rather subdued, but that might have something to do with the early morning after getting the news and coming all the way across the state of Florida to report. He is known as a high-energy guy, but that wasn't apparent in his response to starting his Orioles career.
"It's just another different hat, another different uniform,'' he said, "but it's all the same."
Clearly, it's not something he was thinking about before the deal, because he really didn't seem to know much about the team.
"Baltimore has a team that has a lot of winners,'' he said, "There are a lot of good people who have been through here and a lot of people feel good about this team. I just want to lay low and try to fiugre it out myself."
The Orioles obviously were looking for someone they would be comfortable playing a lot at either middle infield positions if necessary. Brian Roberts seems to be ready to start the season, but the club still needs to treat his situation with great caution.
"They told me I am going to play more,'' Lugo said. "I'm aware that he's hurt but I know he's the second baseman here. I think Dave is going to try get me some playing time."
Here's today's starting lineup:
Brian Roberts 2B
Nolan Reimold RF
Adam Jones CF
Miguel Tejada 3B
Garrett Atkins 1B
Matt Wieters C
Ty Wigginton DH
Felix Pie LF
Cesar Izturis SS
Alfredo Simon RHP