Reliever Morris gets early recall

The Orioles made another move to bolster their overworked bullpen yesterday when they purchased the contract of right-hander Cory Morris from Triple-A Ottawa.

Morris, who arrived an hour before yesterday's game, impressed manager Sam Perlozzo in spring training.


"I thought he attacked the hitters and didn't show me that he was afraid," the manager said. "Just the fact that he was able to go out and throw strikes."

The club designated third catcher Raul Chavez for assignment to clear a spot for Morris. The Orioles claimed Chavez off waivers last weekend. He would have to clear waivers before the club could send him to Ottawa.


Morris, 26, had not pitched for Ottawa, where games were rained and iced out last week. Asked if it was a relief to come south, the Texan nodded and said, "Yes, sir."

He was fourth in the Double-A Eastern League with a 3.03 ERA for Bowie last season.

The club had to fortify its bullpen after starter Daniel Cabrera lasted 1 1/3 innings Friday. Perlozzo had considered carrying seven relievers and two catchers entering the season. So it's hardly a shock he has done that.

"I told you we had three or four different ways to go, but each one had a pitfall in front of us," Perlozzo said of his roster construction. "We just seem to be finding them a little faster than we wanted to."

Roberts gives his elbow a rest

Second baseman Brian Roberts sat out yesterday. Perlozzo had said all spring he would rest Roberts, still recovering from elbow surgery, every few games.

"He's going to try to give me some here and there just to keep it fresh," said Roberts, batting .208 in 24 at-bats.

Roberts said his elbow is fine but added that the cold temperatures on recent days have led to discomfort.


"It doesn't help," he said. "It gets stiff and sore."

Tight pitch irks Tejada

Before leaving the clubhouse yesterday, shortstop Miguel Tejada had his left arm wrapped. Tejada was hit in the elbow by a fastball from Boston Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon in the ninth inning.

He shot a quick stare at Papelbon before taking his base. Trainer Richie Bancells came out to check on Tejada, who said later that he was fine, but acknowledged that the sequence bothered him.

"[His] first pitch was way inside, too," Tejada said. "That's why I was a little mad."