CHICAGO -- Manager Johnny Oates wouldn't confirm it yesterday, but Paul Carey is expected to rejoin the Orioles today.
The left-handed-hitting first baseman-outfielder has been with Triple-A Rochester for the past 10 days and is expected to replace pitcher Anthony Telford on the roster.
Carey's second term with the Orioles this season may be brief. Brady Anderson is eligible to return from the disabled list Thursday, and Carey or outfielder Damon Buford will leave to make room.
Carey hit .219 (7-for-32) with two RBI during his first stay with the Orioles. He played sparingly after being recalled May 25, when Sherman Obando went on the DL the first time.
The Orioles are carrying 12 pitchers, and could use another left-handed hitter. Carey conceivably could be the designated hitter today.
Harold Baines, who sat out Friday night, also is tentatively scheduled to be out of the lineup in the final game of the White Sox series today and at least one of the three games in Kansas City.
C7 "That's the plan -- subject to change," said Oates.
Oates mum on lineup
Oates said he has given a lot of thought to lineup possibilities when Anderson returns from the DL, but he wouldn't reveal them.
"I'm still not sure what the exact makeup of the roster will be," said Oates.
The primary decision is whether Jeffrey Hammonds will remain with the Orioles, which appears probable.
If Hammonds stays, he plays. The Orioles will not use a No. 1 draft choice as a role player.
That would leave the Orioles with four regular players -- &r; Hammonds, Anderson, Mike Devereaux and Mark McLemore -- for three outfield spots. There has been some speculation that McLemore might be used at third base. But Oates isn't enthralled with the idea and McLemore doesn't think it will happen.
"If I was asked to play third, sure, I could do it," said McLemore, "but I don't think it will happen. I'm sure it won't."
Waiting for Brady
Oates is looking forward to Anderson's return. "Rest usually is the best healer," he said. Anderson went on the DL with chickenpox, but also had been bothered by sore knees.
"I hope he comes back refreshed, gung-ho and ready to go," said Oates. "I hope it will be like April." Anderson hit .287 in April.
It's ugly out here
The White Sox are celebrating the 10th anniversary of their 1983 Western Division championship team (which lost to the Orioles in the playoffs) with a "Winning Ugly Weekend."
Former Texas Ranger manager Doug Rader used the phrase "winning ugly" when asked to describe the White Sox, and it became the rallying cry.
Members of the 1983 White Sox and Orioles will play an old-timers game this afternoon. The ex-Orioles scheduled to appear are former manager Joe Altobelli, coach Elrod Hendricks, John Stefero, Todd Cruz, Lenn Sakata, Dan Ford, Benny Ayala, Tippy Martinez, Gary Roenicke, John Lowenstein, Tito Landrum, Paul Mirabella, Tim Stoddard and Sammy Stewart.
Orioles general manager Roland Hemond, who was the White Sox GM in 1983, also will participate.