The Orioles today announced that they have purchased the contract of outfielder Midre Cummings Triple-A Ottawa. He will take the roster spot of first baseman Rafael Palmeiro, who is serving a 10-day suspension for violating Major League Baseball's steroid policy.
Cummings, 33, batted .280 (58-207) with 12 home runs and 33 RBI in 57 games for Ottawa. He missed the first two months of the season after breaking his right ring finger in an exhibition game on March 22. Cummings batted .217 (5-23) with one home run and 2 RBI in 13 games.
Cummings has played parts of 10 seasons in the major leagues, batting .257 with 22 home runs and 124 RBI in 458 career games.
August 2, 2005, 1:04 PM EDT