Catcher Taylor Teagarden (dislocated left thumb) left the team today to fly back to Baltimore. He'll travel to Sarasota and meet with hand specialist Dr. Brian Schofield on Monday or Tuesday. The Orioles will then know a more exact timetable for Teagarden's return. It's tentatively been called a three to four week recovery period.
Luis Exposito and some of his Norfolk teammates were watching the Oiroles game Saturday when they saw Taylor Teagarden get hurt. Exposito, who is on the 40-man roster, assumed he might get the call.
He left Norfolk at midnight to drive to Baltimore, where he took a 6 a.m. flight so he could arrive in Oakland for this afternoon's game. He was up all night – not sleeping until he got on the plane.
"There was nowhere to sleep in the airport, so in the plane (I slept)," he said. "It obviously is not the best way to be here. Myself, I don't want Teagarden to get hurt. He is a good guy, good teammate. But I am here now."
Exposito, 26, batted .218 with 6 RBIs in 16 games for the Tides. He threw out just one of 16 runners attempting to steal.
Second baseman Brian Roberts (hamstring) will begin "light baseball activities" on Monday. Showalter said he wasn't sure exactly what those activities would be, but it's another step in Roberts' recovery. He has not played since the third game of the season. There is no set timetable for his return.
Lefty Tsuyoshi Wada (left elbow) is pitching five innings Monday in an extended spring training game in Florida. He is coming off Tommy John surgery last May.
Right-hander Oliver Drake (shoulder) will make his first start in extended spring Tuesday. The Naval Academy product missed most of last year in the minors due to injury.