NEW YORK -- The acquisition of third baseman Mike Pagliarulo, obtained by the Orioles yesterday from the Minnesota Twins, likely won't affect Tim Hulett's status.
The Orioles announced during yesterday's 1-0 loss to the New York Yankees that they had traded a player to be named for Pagliarulo. Assistant general manager Frank Robinson, who is traveling with the club, said Pagliarulo was added primarily to provide a left-handed hitter off the bench.
"We didn't get him to sit Hulett back on the bench," said Robinson. "Johnny [Oates] will continue to use Timmy at third base for the time being."
"It may be close to Sept. 1 when Leo [Gomez, the regular third baseman, who is out with an injury] gets back, and it's only the 15th of August," said general manager Roland Hemond, who was at Memorial Stadium watching Mike Mussina pitch for the Bowie Baysox. "In the meantime, we've got to keep going.
"This gives us another left-handed bat off the bench or in the lineup. Too many times, we have our three switch-hitters and [Harold] Baines in the game and no lefty on the bench to pinch hit."
After the game, Oates indicated that Pagliarulo's first assignment for the Orioles might be to fill in at first base while David Segui serves the three-day suspension for his part in the brawl with the Seattle Mariners on June 6. Segui will miss the three games with the Mariners that conclude the Orioles' current road trip.
"I want to wait until I've had a chance to talk to him," said Oates, "but he'll probably play some at first base. We'll see how it goes.
"He [Pagliarulo] gives us a veteran player on the bench instead of just young kids," Oates added. "With two catchers, if I want to pinch hit, I've got a left-hander. He also gives me somebody to use if I want to give Timmy a day off."
Said Hemond: "Pagliarulo is a hard-nosed player who's always ready, and he's doing a good job in Minnesota. We're fortunate that it worked out that we could get him. I know he's very pleased to come to a club with a chance."
Pagliarulo, who has been a solid defensive third baseman, hit .292 in 83 games for the Twins this year,but without the power he displayed with the Yankees from 1985 to 1988. In those four years, Pagliarulo hit 94 home runs, with a high of 32 in 1987.
However, he hasn't been in double figures in home runs since hitting 15 in 1988. This year, Pagliarulo has three homers, one as a pinch hitter, in 253 at-bats.
Pagliarulo is scheduled to join the Orioles in Seattle. To make room for him on the roster, the Orioles have designated pitcher Anthony Telford for assignment. If he clears waivers, the right-hander will have the option of returning to Triple-A Rochester or becoming a free agent.